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The first of a 3-part series of presentations. This one covers What is Social Learning? Social Learning Platforms? The role of a Social Learning Professional

The first of a 3-part series of presentations. This one covers What is Social Learning? Social Learning Platforms? The role of a Social Learning Professional



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  • 1. Social Learning Part I:  The Future of E‐Learning is Social Learning Jane Hart Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www..c4lpt.co.uk
  • 2. Part 1 The Future of E‐Learning is  Social Learning   Jane Hart is a Social Media and  What is Social Learning? Learning Consultant who has a 25  year track record of helping business  year track record of helping business What are Social Learning  and education understand how new  Platforms technologies can be used for learning  as well as to improve job and business  p j performance. She  currently focuses  The role of a Social Learning  on helping organisations introduce  Professional social media into their learning and  g performance support initiatives. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 3. For many years this was the model of learning. For many years this was the model of learning. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 4. Most e‐Learning simply automates simply automates that model. The only difference is   Th l diff i now learners don’t  need to be in the same  need to be in the same place at the same time. They can have access  They can have access to learning at any time,  any place yp (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 5. However, although a lot of money is spent on creating engaging,  interactive, multimedia courseware,  one vital ingredient is missing:  other people  one vital ingredient is missing: other people So a blended approach  is often employed. But even face‐to‐face  events are often  delivered in a fairly  traditional way. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 6. Meanwhile, outside of the formal learning  Meanwhile outside of the formal learning environment (online courses, classroom,  workshops, etc)  individuals are learning in  p, ) g other ways – often without realising it ‐ whether it be by reading, listening  or watching  … (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 7. … or simply by talking to one another. or simply by talking to one another. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 8. Only recently Only recently has this              informal learning  g been recognised as  important … and that it needs to  be supported within  an organisation. But how? (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 9. In fact, the easy availability of  f h l bl f new, social media tools has  meant that individuals are  meant that individuals are already managing their own  personal (informal) learning    personal (informal) learning … th t i th search f that is they search for and  d access all kinds of resources:  videos, podcasts, blogs, etc,  videos podcasts blogs etc whenever they need them,  they create their own resources they create their own resources and store them for easy  retrieval (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 10. They also make  Th l k connections with like‐minded people  with like minded people with whom they can  communicate it and  share ideas,  resources, experiences,  i and so on. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 11. And groups of  individuals are using  these new tools  to “self‐organise”  t “ lf i” … to collaborate and  co‐create content and  co create content and generally  work and learn  together  (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 12. Even within the traditional formal learning environment,  these new tools are being used by educators to ensure that formal learning is becoming more  participative, social and collaborative. participative social and collaborative (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 13. Today’s Learning Platforms  y g therefore need to be able to  support  all these learning  approaches: h formal and informal,  personal and social  ld il But there are drawbacks  with most of the existing  tools and systems … tools and systems (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 14. Current organisational learning  C t i ti ll i systems, e.g. LMS primarily support  (non‐social) formal learning. And even LMS 2.0 systems (i.e. LMS + social media)  only support  only support formal social learning (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 15. But the use of a large  number of stand‐alone social  media tools would be far too  media tools would be far too overwhelming for many users within an  y organisation. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 16. It would also mean that  personal and organisational  p g data would be scattered all  over the Internet,  with obvious concerns about hb b data privacy and security (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 17. What is needed is an integrated  platform of key social media tools  Social media tools that can: that can: Blogging 1. provide a secure pace for  Micro‐blogging individuals to aggregate, store  gg g , and share their personal  RSS feeds learning  and working  Social bookmarking resources Social networking 2. provide a secure space for  groups to work and learn  File sharing g collaboratively Communication tools 3. provide a secure space for  Collaboration tools Collaboration tools formal social and collaborative  f l i l d ll b i learning to take place  (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 18. A number of enterprise social  A b ft i il learning platforms are emerging. There are commercial systems like  SocialText – www.socialtext.com and Mzinga – www.mzinga.com But one free, open source  platform that has been around  pa o a as bee a ou d some years is Elgg ‐ www.elgg.org.   Elgg is fully customisable,  configurable and extensible. configurable and extensible Part 2 of this presentation  P t 2 f thi t ti You can experience an Elgg‐ looks at using Elgg as a social  powered social learning platform at  learning platform. www.c4lpt.net (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 19. Whatever the  platform or tools  p that are used  to provide a  social learning  i ll i approach  within an  within an organisation,   learning  professionals will  fi l ill need to support  learners in new  ways .. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 20. 1 – They will need to help  individual learners acquire a  range of skills to manage  range of skills to manage their own personal learning 2 – They will need to help  y p groups understand how to  address their own team  performance and learning  performance and learning problems 3 – They will need to build  formal learning solutions  that focus on providing a  social, collaborative,  , , Part 3 of this presentation looks at how to  Part 3 of this presentation looks at how to participative learning  support informal and formal social  experience learning within an organisation. (c) C4LPT, 2009
  • 21. The Centre for Learning & Performance  Technologies provides a range of Social Learning Consultancy Services to help organisations with their social learning initiatives social learning initiatives For more information, please  go to www.c4lpt.co.uk/socialmedia/ (c) C4LPT, 2009