Using Online Social Networking Tools To Connect With Clients

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Building an online community linking trade skills students, their employers and other educators creates a knowledge-sharing environment that enhances traditional TAFE training. In this session, stonemasonry teacher Simon Brown shares how he uses a wide range of learning technologies in a TAFE context.

The ancient craft of stonemasonry is continually being re-invented with the development of new materials, tools and techniques. World-wide, the stone industry demands responsive training, and with Queensland's geographic spread this means making full use of online communications.

In this session, Simon showcases how he:
• Uses free Web tools (including Ning, Wikispaces, Flickr, Youtube) and Videolinq video streaming technologies to engage students and guide their literacy development
• Re-focuses text-based learning resources into image-rich interactive learning experiences
• Collaborates online with industry personnel about their training requirements
• Displays apprentice achievements to a global community
• Regularly discusses educational technologies with fellow educators

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  • In May this year, I opened a free Wikispaces account to complement the Ning network. There is less interaction between the members (currently twenty-nine) but it is useful as a repository for stone industry information.
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  • Thank you for the chance to tell my story. You can read it in my Cafechat Wordpress web journal http://cafechat.wordpress.com/ and view the slidecast in my Slideshare (username: ozi) http://slideshare.com/ozi - or hear me present it at the Learning Technologies 2008 conference http://www.learningtechnologies.com.au/index.cfm?action=speakers#simon_b
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Using Online Social Networking Tools To Connect With Clients

  1. 1. This topic is to be presented at the Learning Technologies conference 6-7 November 2008 in Mooloolaba, Queensland. Visit the Learning Technologies conference website … Join the LT2008 Ning network … see you there!
  2. 9. <ul><li>Traditional classroom delivery places the teacher at the centre of the students’ learning experience, pushing information out </li></ul>Student Student Student Teacher
  3. 10. <ul><li>I am challenging the perspective, pulling information in to a common space </li></ul>Student Student Student Teacher
  4. 11. <ul><li>Drawing information from students creates an environment in which they share with other students </li></ul>Student Student Student Teacher
  5. 12. <ul><li>Employers provide feedback about training activities and apprentices’ performance, continuing a dialogue between learners and experts in the work place </li></ul>Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  6. 13. <ul><li>I am building strong links between students and employers in the learning environment </li></ul>Employer Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  7. 14. <ul><li>The desired outcome is a strongly-supported learning network of masters and novices </li></ul>Employer Employer Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  8. 25. Blogged at Cafechat Wordpress web journal Slideshare (username: ozi ) Hear more at Learning Technologies 2008

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