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    • Social Learning A closer look at using a social media platform in Further and Higher Education h d h d Jane Hart, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.c4lpt.co.uk (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • This short presentation  takes a look at how a social  takes a look at how a social media platform can provide  Jane Hart is a Social Media and  the social aspects of formal  Learning Consultant who has a 25  course as well as support  course as well as support year track record of helping both  year track record of helping both the wider community and  businesses and education understand  how new technologies can be used  collaboration needs of all  for learning . She  currently focuses  for learning She currently focuses staff and students in a  staff and st dents in a on helping organizations introduce  university or college  social media tools and platforms into  their learning and performance  their learning and performance support initiatives. (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • Most programme modules, whether on‐campus or by distance  Most programme modules whether on campus or by distance learning,  use this model Scheduled Scheduled Testing Content interactivities %% % % Managed in Virtual Learning Environment Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • Here are some examples of the ways that social media can be  added into this model added into this model External media could be linked or embedded in the content  from  External media could be linked or embedded in the content from file sharing sites, like YouTube, flickr and Slideshare … Interactivities  Interactivities File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • There could be interaction with the tutor, via  There could be interaction with the tutor via e.g. email or instant messaging, e.g. Skype  … tutor Interactivities  Interactivities File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • and with the other students  … and with the other students tutor students Interactivities  File Scheduled and social  d l Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • Discussion Forum …  e.g. through  discussion forums  … tutor students File Scheduled Scheduled Testing sharing content interactivities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • … or even within a social  networking  service, like  social Ning ‐ where the tutor  Discussion Forum network and students each have a  profile page  ‐ and can  fil d find out more about one  tutor students another. File Scheduled Scheduled Testing sharing content interactivities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • Students might  even work  Discussion Forum Wiki collaboratively in a  wiki, like PBworks iki lik PB k tutor students Interactivities  File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • The tutor and  Discussion Forum Wiki students might  write blogs, e.g.  write blogs e g blog bl using Wordpress tutor students Interactivities  File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • Students might help to build a library of social bookmarks, using Delicious  social Discussion Forum Wiki network blog Social  tutor bookmarking learners Interactivities  File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • The use of a micro‐blogging service, like Twitter, might be used for real‐time messaging  social Discussion Forum Wiki micro‐ network blogging blog Social  tutor bookmarking students Interactivities  File Scheduled and social  Testing sharing content activities Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • If students work in a study group, they may often set up one themselves, in e.g. Facebook social Discussion Forum Wiki network micro‐ blogging blog bl S Social  T bookmark  tutor learners library U D Y G Interactivities  File Scheduled R and social  Testing sharing content O activities U P Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • As a result a huge number of different tools might be in use by the course – and these tools could vary from course to course  and these tools could vary from course to course social Discussion Forum Wiki micro micro‐ network blogging S blog Social  T bookmark  tutor learners U library lib D Y G Interactivities  File Scheduled R and social  Testing sharingg content O activities i ii U P Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • What are the solutions?  Upgrading to a VLE 2.0 would mean that some of this  social functionality would now be available inside the VLE  social functionality would now be available inside the VLE – although some might still need to take place outside micro‐blogging Social networking S T U Discussion Forum D File Fil Blogging l Scheduled hdld Y Testing sharing content Wiki G R Social bookmarking O U P Managed in Virtual Learning Environment 2.0 (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • A social media platform , like Elgg, on the other hand, includes all the key social media tools  i ld ll th k il di t l PLUS offers personal and group workspaces social media platform Personal workspace Tools Social  bookmarking bk ki Course  Blogs  and study  Wikis groups File sharing Fil h i Discussions Micro‐blogging  social networking social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • A social media platform could be used in conjunction with a VLE to support a  wide range of personal and social activities for a course g p social media platform Tools Personal workspace Course  Social bookmarkingg Blogs   Wikis and  File sharing study Discussions groups Social networking Micro‐blogging  Micro blogging Social activities Scheduled organised Testing content by tutor b Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • It would be up to course tutors to decide which social functionality they wanted  to make use of; e.g. it might simply be for networking and discussion ;g g py g social media platform Social networking Discussion Scheduled Activities Testing content Managed in Virtual Learning Environment (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • However, course modules could be set up and delivered solely from within the  , p y social learning platform; i.e. hosting both the content and the social activities social media platform Personal workspace Social  bookmarkingg Content Ctt and social Blogs  Wikis activities scheduled File sharing by tutor Discussions Micro‐blogging  social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • … with light‐touch administration g social media platform Personal workspace Access to  Social  course by  invitation  bookmarkingg or request  or request Content Ctt and  and social managed  Blogs  Wikis by tutor activities scheduled File sharing by tutor Discussions Micro‐blogging  social networking Successful completion  reported by tutor (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • But, more significantly,  the platform could be used to offer a fully collaborative, participative, social course module social media platform p Personal workspace Access to  course by  invitation  Social  or request  or request bookmarking and  managed  Blogs  Wikis Tools used by the  by tutor course members in  Student scheduled social  hdld il File sharing Study activities, and  facilitated by the tutor,  groups Discussions to create course  content, which is both  Micro‐blogging  peer and tutor‐ assessed social networking This employs a different social learning model – the Community model ‐ which requires a different  Successful completion  reported by tutor approach to course design and facilitation pp g (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • But even more than this, a social media platform also supports collaborative  working as well as the building of a community across the college or university  k ll h b ld f h ll All staff and students can become users – and set up their personal profiles  All staff and students can become users and set up their personal profiles for networking across the college or university … social media platform social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • … all staff and students (whether academic or support staff) can have their own personal  workspace,  and use the tools for their own personal  working and/or learning  …  as well as provide news to the community and to a  wider audience … as well as provide news to the community and to a wider audience social media platform Personal workspace Tools Social  bookmarking Blogs  Wikis File sharing Discussions Micro‐blogging  social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • …  any user can set up a group , e.g. staff to support a collaborative project  or research group, or students to support a student club or society  … social media platform Personal workspace Staff Tools project  gp groups Social  bookmarking Blogs  Wikis File sharing Student society Discussions gp groups Micro‐blogging  social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • …  staff can set up a formal learning group for their modules  …    students can set up study groups as desired or required … social media platform Personal workspace Formal  Staff  Tools course project gp groups gp groups Social  bookmarking Blogs  Wikis File sharing Student Student study society Discussions gp groups gp groups Micro‐blogging  social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • The platform can also be used to help to  provide a range of support services  to  students  ‐ from student induction to supporting  an alumni community. social media platform Personal workspace Formal  Staff  Tools course project gp groups gp groups Social  bookmarking Blogs  Wikis File sharing Student Student Student Student Induction Alumni  study society Discussions Group p gp group gp groups gp groups Micro‐blogging  social networking (c) C4LPT, 2009
    • These are just some of the ways a social media platform provide a college‐ or university‐wide a college‐ or university‐wide Social Learning,  Collaboration and Community Platform The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies provides a range of Social Learning Consultancy Services. For more information, see www.c4lpt.co.uk/socialmedia/  Our recommended  social media platform is Elgg ‐ free and open source ‐ and we offer a range of Elgg Consultancy Services  to help install, customise and make effective use of it. See www.c4lpt.co.uk/ElggConsultancy.html (c) C4LPT, 2009