What is Social Networking? Let Common Craft Explain:
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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
“ 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
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