Social Media and its Role in Informal Learning (for Dummies)

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A simple introduction to informal learning and a look at how social networking tools can be used to improve learning opportunities.

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Social Media and its Role in Informal Learning (for Dummies)

  1. 1. David Wills
  2. 2. By end of session you will be able to: ◦ Define what is meant by informal learning ◦ Demonstrate an awareness of some of the most useful social networking tools
  3. 3.  Traditional Training Function  Informal Learning Paradox  Social Media’s Role in Informal Learning  Most Popular Social Media Tools
  4. 4.  To organise structured (formal) learning events
  5. 5.  Computer based learning  Online learning / e-learning  Learning Management Systems
  6. 6.  Traditionally, 80% of training budget spent on formal learning  Recognised that 80% of workplace learning occurs informally! ◦ Watching people ◦ Asking questions ◦ Trial and error ◦ Looking things up in book
  7. 7. Individuals use social tools to build a trusted network of friends and colleagues – a “Personal Learning Network”  Ask and answer questions  Exchange resources, ideas and experience  Brainstorm and solve problems together  Keep up to date with what colleagues are doing  Learn from each other, often without realising it
  8. 8. Which are the most popular?
  9. 9.  Informal Learning in 10 minutes – Jay Cross  Social Media for Informal Learning  Social Networking: Bridging Formal and Informal Learning  100+ Examples of Using Social Media for Learning  A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning

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