Key social learning resources: Part 7 #sociallearning

Here are 5 more resources I’ve found this week that look at different social approaches to working and learning. 

1 – The first one this week is an article I wrote for the E-Learning Council, Social Media + Learning = more than Social Learning.  I cover quite a bit of ground in this article, but in this quote I focus on the use of the term “social learning”.

“But now with the emergence of social tools, we have moved into the Social Era, and this time the word “Social” is being prefixed to old words to form new terms like Social Business, Social Media Marketing, etc. The same has of course happened with Learning, and this had led to the increasing use of the term “Social Learning”. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with this term. Firstly, it is often used to refer solely to the use of social media within formal courses, but secondly, and more importantly, it also conflicts with the existing term “social learning” which refers to ALL learning that happens socially with others – i.e. not just that in formal learning contexts – both social-media-powered and not.

But the discussion around the use of the term “Social Learning” actually draws attention away from the more significant point that the use of social media in organisations is bringing about a fundamental shift in the way that people are working and learning in organisations. In other words, the Social Era is much more about innovation than simply adding “social” into the training blend.”

2 – This recent mashable post, 5 ways tech can make new hires feel like part of the team, starts by saying:

“Once an employee is hired, our job isn’t over. In fact, it’s just begun. Especially when there are surveys out there that say 84% of employees plan to look for a new job this year, we have to make sure all of these new hires feel welcome and are successful.”

It then provides some interesting examples including, of course, more social and collaborative approaches.

3 – In 7 compelling arguments for peer learning, Donald Clark provides some powerful arguments for peer learning, and then summarises by saying

 “We have to bounce teachers and learners out of that mindset that sees teaching as one to many and adopt the wisdom of the network”

4 – An article in, Social Media Leapfrogs Drought-Hit Nation into a New Generational Order, shows how social media is having an impact in Kenya

“A rising literacy rate, an aggressive push by telecommunication companies to invest in the region, and a sharpened appetite for social networking sites is changing the cultural equation in Kenya’s North Eastern province, a trend that opinion shapers are tracking with keen interest. From helping to organize youth meetings, to enabling distance learning, to connect locals with their counterparts elsewhere, social media is breathing new life into the region, a trend some believe could catapult a parched, politically troubled area into a new economic frontier.”

5 – Many people often disparage the idea of “teaching by tweeting”, but this article, Turkish professor uses social media to teach history, shows how one professor is doing  this.

“Mustafa Gökçek, a professor of history at New York’s Niagara University, got the idea of teaching history courses through tweeting and sharing the links of helpful websites and articles. He compiled a list of 90 major chronological events that took place between 1945 and 2005 in the US and disseminated them as tweets, beginning on Sep. 13, 2011.”

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