Key social learning resources: Part 13 #sociallearning #SoLoMoLearning

Here is this week’s round-up of articles and other resources looking at social media for learning and social learning.

1 – Firstly, this week, here is a preview of Harrison College’s new approach to online learning, KnowU: Where Social Meets Learning. For more about this new approach, visit for more information.  (I expect we’ll be going to see quite a few more examples of learning in education that look like this in 2012.)

2 – Although we have been focusing on social learning for sometime, that is really only part of the picture of how things are changing. SoLoMo, in fact, has become a big buzzword in the business world.  SoLoMo stands for Social, Local, Mobile – standing for social features, local business, and mobile applications  For some people it is a fusion of all three – ie mobile phone apps that combine social networking and location data, for others it represents the three key trends that businesses need to focus on.  And this actually holds true for learning too, as Troy Williams points out in an article for Mashable.  (Look out for more about #SoLoMoLearning in 2012)

“While movements to incorporate ebooks and develop better Learning Management Systems (or LMS) are finally taking hold in higher education, more interesting (and potentially disruptive) are the emergent tech trends of Social, Local and Mobile – or what I like to call SoLoMo. We will begin to see innovations in these areas affecting the classroom and education in both dramatic and subtle ways.”

3 – The people that recognise the value of social learning in organisations get frustrated when others don’t get it, as Mark Britz writes here:

“If you’re like me you see the future of learning as being social in a connected world, and the mindset of “empowering” people and not one of “allowing” them should be the norm and the first thought. And yet others, you’re executives, peers and the workers you support, just don’t seem to see it …or maybe it’s that they can’t.

Even in the face of compelling case studies and increased attention to the 70-20-10 model, we are not only presented with dismissive reactions but often overt resistance to enterprise social and informal learning efforts. There is an inability of many to move beyond the current paradigm that learning only happens when there is training.  Current reasons for this inability to see value in enhancing social and informal learning such as fears about security and loss of productivity seem a bit lacking to me, over stated and under supported. These fears may actually be symptoms rather than the disease itself.

What I believe is being left out of the mix is the true power of formal learning and I don’t mean power in terms of it being a comprehensive solution but rather power in its pervasiveness.  Quite possibly, because of this pervasiveness, social and informal just can’t be seen by many as “real” learning.”

4 – If you are one of the many people trying to persuade your organisation that non-training, social/connected learning is the way to go, then take heart from the people mentioned in this article in Fast Company.

“For most business people, realizing any creative vision–while addressing concerns about scale, tradition, and profitability–is a Herculean task. Here, 10 bold thinkers tell us how they pulled it off (or tried to), and the lessons they learned along the way.”

5 – And finally, on a lighter note, many of you know that hashtags are a way for people to have conversations on Twitter around a topic without the need for following one another.  In the last few days, a conversation took place called #pencilchat that discussed the use, implementation of a new technology – pencils!  Andy Losik explains how it all started, and how he found the experience

“… humorous, cathartic, and insightful at the same time.”  

And here’s a couple of further links about #pencilchat too: