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Description of how social networking spaces can support continuous learning.

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    Social Networking for Learning Social Networking for Learning Presentation Transcript

    • What is Social Networking? Let Common Craft Explain:
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      • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =6a_KF7TYKVc
    • Faculty survey data suggests informally structured learning
    • Workplace learning models run along a continuum. Formal Training Events Communities of Practice/ Learning Communities Informal Learning
    • A faculty learning community is a formalized collaboration
      • Defined Membership
      • Defined Purpose
      • Defined Duration
      • Defined Output
      • “ a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of getting things done”
      • (McGill, I., & Beaty, L. (2001). Action learning . (2nd Ed. Revised). Sterling, VA: Stylus. )
    • Informal learning is how most professional learning happens “ Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn to do their jobs.” -- Jay Cross, http://informl.com/2006/05/20/what-is-informal-learning/
    • Informal learning is how most professional learning happens “ Conversations are the stem cells of learning, for they both create and transmit knowledge. Open conversation increases innovation. People love to talk. Bringing them together brings excitement.” -- Jay Cross
    • Informal learning is user directed, and lower cost
    • But can you formalize informal learning? Work Learning
    • Social Networking technology can encourage and maximize informal learning
    • Social networking for learning
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      Can an a social network support inquiry and ideas instead of relationships and careers?
    • Joe the teacher has ideas and questions. But he is boxed in by his schedule. He can’t interact like he wants to.
    • Joe joins a online learning community with others who have ideas and questions.
    • Joe searches and finds Jane who writes about what is on her mind. Ideas, reflections, musings, experiences, rants, raves, influences
    • Joe engages her ideas and writes his own. They have a public conversation. Ideas, reflections, musings, experiences, rants, raves, influences Ideas, reflections, musings, experiences, rants, raves, influences
    • The entire network does likewise. Their community is knowledge-rich.
    • Some members form interest groups to focus the conversation. They are still connected to the entire network and vice versa. Interest Group
    • Learning through social networking requires:
      • Openness and sharing
      • Constructive dialogue
      • Transparency
      • Participate anytime anywhere
      • Prompts