Social Learning Communitiesand NetworksUsing social media to support learningTim Drewitt, Eversheds LLPMarch 2012         ...
Social Media Network PlatformsOther platforms are available
A Social Media for Learning WorldWhen worlds collide       Before           During           After      Training         T...
Uses of Social Media for TrainingPossible applications of micro-blogging                    Micro-learning deals with rela...
Uses of Social Media for Training (1)Knowledge sharing• Short messages (daily micro-learning)   – Legal updates   – New pr...
Uses of Social Media for Training (2)Generating discussions and soliciting feedback• Pose questions to your followers/grou...
Use of Social Media for Training (3)Managing learning• Invite followers to specific learning events• Use topics and groups...
Social Learning Communities and NetworksPutting the theory into practice• Brainstorm SoMe activities that support learning...
@timdrewitttimdrewitt@eversheds.com          © EVERSHEDS LLP 2010. Eversheds LLP is a limited liability partnership.
Ideas for “Learning Messages”Suggested messages to support learning
Ideas for “Learning Messages ” (1)Suggested messages to support learning• Planning your training   – “What training have y...
Ideas for “Learning Messages ” (2)Suggested messages to support learning• Marketing your training   – “Here’s an interesti...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (3)Suggested messages to support learning• Pre-work   – “Please read Precedent ABC <Insite L...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (4)Suggested messages to support learning• In-session Messages   – “Share the things you are...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (5)Suggested messages to support learning• Continuing the discussions   – “I’ve got an answe...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (6)Suggested messages to support learning• Post-training follow-up   – “How are you all gett...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (7)Suggested messages to support learning• Formative (immediate quality) evaluation   – “Ple...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (8)Suggested messages to support learning• Ask the expert   – “John Smith, QC has volunteere...
Ideas for “Learning Messages” (9)Suggested messages to support learning• Case study review   – “Why do you say that?”   – ...
Managing Your BackchannelLeveraging your extended network
Managing Your BackchannelLeveraging your extended network                                                          You    ...
Using BackchannelsSupporting webinar and classroom learning• Allow parallel backchannel conversations• Ask people to comme...
Getting StartedSome ideas for getting into social media
Some Ideas for Getting StartedAs an L&D team• Set up internal Social Media for Learning online  group to share more inform...
Some Ideas for Getting StartedTo support learning• Invite followers to receive   – Your take on breaking news   – “Light b...
Finding Your VoiceAnd earning the right to be followed• Follow, “stalk” and “lurk” around others   – What do they do that ...
@timdrewitttimdrewitt@eversheds.com          © EVERSHEDS LLP 2010. Eversheds LLP is a limited liability partnership.
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Social Learning Communities and Networks

  1. 1. Social Learning Communitiesand NetworksUsing social media to support learningTim Drewitt, Eversheds LLPMarch 2012 @timdrewitt
  2. 2. Social Media Network PlatformsOther platforms are available
  3. 3. A Social Media for Learning WorldWhen worlds collide Before During After Training Training Training Surrounding Training Wider Organisation Backchannel Outside World
  4. 4. Uses of Social Media for TrainingPossible applications of micro-blogging Micro-learning deals with relatively small learning units and short- term learning activities.“ Wikipedia
  5. 5. Uses of Social Media for Training (1)Knowledge sharing• Short messages (daily micro-learning) – Legal updates – New procedures – Hints and tips – War stories• Sharing and commenting on links and resources – Web links • News, internal precedents, e-learning, etc. – Attachments• Re-posting others’ messages to your own followers
  6. 6. Uses of Social Media for Training (2)Generating discussions and soliciting feedback• Pose questions to your followers/groups – Reply to replies to “animate” discussions• Create polling questions for your followers/groups• Trigger discussions based around external sources• Use discussion groups to deliver case studies• Live topic chats – e.g. for an hour, messages exchanged based on one themed topic tag
  7. 7. Use of Social Media for Training (3)Managing learning• Invite followers to specific learning events• Use topics and groups to collate messages and discussions• Identify learning needs• Leverage successful learning implementations• Embracing a mobile learning channel
  8. 8. Social Learning Communities and NetworksPutting the theory into practice• Brainstorm SoMe activities that support learning: – Before training – During training – After training – Surrounding training Before During After Training Training Training Surrounding Training
  9. 9. @timdrewitttimdrewitt@eversheds.com © EVERSHEDS LLP 2010. Eversheds LLP is a limited liability partnership.
  10. 10. Ideas for “Learning Messages”Suggested messages to support learning
  11. 11. Ideas for “Learning Messages ” (1)Suggested messages to support learning• Planning your training – “What training have you already had on this topic?” – “What is the one main thing you’d like to know about this topic?” – “Share one thing you already know about this topic with the XYZ group.”
  12. 12. Ideas for “Learning Messages ” (2)Suggested messages to support learning• Marketing your training – “Here’s an interesting case. <Link to case> We’ll go over this on tomorrow’s webinar.” – “Looking forward to working with you on ABC.”• Introductions – “Send a message to the XYZ group to introduce yourself in no more than 140 characters!” – “Share your three main objectives for attending this training with the XYZ group.” – “What is the biggest challenge you are facing in the area of ABC at the moment?”
  13. 13. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (3)Suggested messages to support learning• Pre-work – “Please read Precedent ABC <Insite Link> and be prepared to discuss XYZ.” – “Take a look at ABC v DEF <link to case> and reply to the group with your thoughts on whether X applies in this instance”. – “Each send an example of when ABC has impacted on a recent matter. I’ll collate these and we can brainstorm an approach to… when we meet next week.” – “Let’s brainstorm ABC by each messaging an idea.”
  14. 14. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (4)Suggested messages to support learning• In-session Messages – “Share the things you are learning with your followers, especially when you know it’ll help a colleague with an issue they are wrestling with.” – “Share you action plan items with your followers. Ask them to help you refine these and to support you in achieving it.” – “Share your thoughts and comments using the topic tag, so we can all review them after the training session.”
  15. 15. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (5)Suggested messages to support learning• Continuing the discussions – “I’ve got an answer to the question that John asked at the workshop last week. You need to use Precedent ABC.” – “Let’s follow-up on that great discussion started by Sam about ABC. What do we think we should do when faced with this issue?” – “We didn’t get around to answering Liz’s question about XYZ. Any ideas for things she could try?” – “Do keep in touch with each other by messaging the group and each other!”
  16. 16. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (6)Suggested messages to support learning• Post-training follow-up – “How are you all getting on?” – “How have you applied what you learned last week?” – “Don’t forget to submit your post-workshop learning log by Friday at noon.” – “Just found this really useful case <insert link to case>. This helps to confirm what we thought about ABC.”
  17. 17. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (7)Suggested messages to support learning• Formative (immediate quality) evaluation – “Please summarise our discussion on ABC.” – “Message one of the new ideas we had yesterday about XYZ (no duplication allowed).”• Summative (eventual outcomes) evaluation – “What activity from our training session has been of most use to you?” – “What questions remain unanswered for you?” – “What are you now doing differently since we met two months ago?”
  18. 18. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (8)Suggested messages to support learning• Ask the expert – “John Smith, QC has volunteered to answer our questions on XYZ. Send in your questions by Friday and I’ll share his replies next week.”• Debate – “This house moves that… Please will half of you post messages in favour, the others against the motion; and arguments against the other’s position.”
  19. 19. Ideas for “Learning Messages” (9)Suggested messages to support learning• Case study review – “Why do you say that?” – “Could you explain further?” – “Is that always the case?” – “Can/did anyone see this another way?” – “But what if … happened, what else would result?” – “How does … affect …?” – “Why do you think I asked that question?” – “Why was that question important?
  20. 20. Managing Your BackchannelLeveraging your extended network
  21. 21. Managing Your BackchannelLeveraging your extended network You Your Follower Your Follower Your Follower Their Follower Their Follower Their Follower Their Follower Their Follower The Backchannel Their Follower A spontaneous, self-directed line of communication created by people in an Their Follower audience with others inside and outside of the room, usually facilitated by Their Follower Internet technologies and which can be both constructive and destructive. Their Follower Cliff Atkinson, “The Backchannel”, 2010
  22. 22. Using BackchannelsSupporting webinar and classroom learning• Allow parallel backchannel conversations• Ask people to comment in real time on discussions using topic flags – Collates the “collective wisdom”• Ask attendees to solicit views and answers from their own network of followers• Turn mobiles into voting devices with polls• Desktop-share social media network topic screens and comment on postings
  23. 23. Getting StartedSome ideas for getting into social media
  24. 24. Some Ideas for Getting StartedAs an L&D team• Set up internal Social Media for Learning online group to share more information and continue our discussions• Use a private online group as non-priority communications channel across the team/s – Nice to knows – Simple questions, e.g. “Anyone know where I can find…?” – Ideas and opinions for feedback
  25. 25. Some Ideas for Getting StartedTo support learning• Invite followers to receive – Your take on breaking news – “Light bulb moments” – Warm-up comments before a training session – Follow-up thoughts after a training session• Invite followers to direct message you with (or share via your public feed) – Simple questions – Interesting things they’ve seen elsewhere
  26. 26. Finding Your VoiceAnd earning the right to be followed• Follow, “stalk” and “lurk” around others – What do they do that interests you/annoys you?• Determine your objectives – Curator/recycler of new learning – Learning facilitator• Locate relevant sources to feed you content• Evaluate your activity, e.g. number of followers, re-Tweets/Likes, comments• Adjust as required
  27. 27. @timdrewitttimdrewitt@eversheds.com © EVERSHEDS LLP 2010. Eversheds LLP is a limited liability partnership.
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