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Role of social media in learning

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Role of social media in learning

  1. 1. Role of Social Media in Learning 13 - 14 November 2013 Dr. Venkat V S S Sastry Head of Applied Mathematics & Scientific Computing v.v.s.s.sastry@cranfield.ac.uk @venkat_sastry • Learning is conversational • Facilitates conversation • Informal learning • Collaboration • Peer-to-peer learning • Powerful tool to disseminate information • Helps leaners acclimatize better in their new environment • Types of learning content • Procedural knowledge • Declarative knowledge Times of India, 28 April 2013
  2. 2. Media per se does not enhance learning, it facilitates learning
  3. 3. Horizon Reports 2012 Four to Five Years Massively Open Online Courses Tablet Computing Game-Based Learning Games and Gamification Learning Analytics Two to Three Years Mobile Apps Tablet Computing Over year or Less 2013 Learning Analytics Gesture-Based Computing 3D Printing Internet of Things Wearable Technology
  4. 4. Tools current students are using now 90 80 70 60 50 coursework 40 general 30 20 10 0 wikis SNS video-sharing Source: Dabbagh and Kitsantas (2012) web-based calendars blogs micro-blogs social bookmarking
  5. 5. The Challenge How best to design learning content that exploits multi-channels that encourages conversation, collaboration and information aggregation?
  6. 6. Strategy Integrate informal and formal learning using PLEs, social media, and self-regulated learning PLE (EDUCAUSE, 2009) Plan SelfMonitor Reflect Self-regulated learner (Zimmerman, 2008) Evaluate
  7. 7. Learning Content PDFs HTML MP3 SWF 22,200,6 44, 32% 42,661,1 16, 62% 4,435,26 7, 6% 14,072, 0 % 32,321,309 afh1.pdf 4,460,346 JSCET.pdf 3,795,986 back1405.pdf 492,900 Military%20Harassment.pdf 361,601 student-en.pdf 274,415 dd2285.pdf 267,919 ecl_sample_test.pdf 127,628 IMS Pre-Departure Briefing Script.pdf 115,614 ProhibitedandPermittedItems.pdf 100,083 ABCs of auto insurance.pdf 64,051 ATF.pdf 45,599 RS_IMS_Guide.pdf 38,224 International_Military_Student_Chec 32,522 JSCET_176.pdf 30,161 Auto insurance terms and definitions 29,813 Saving money on auto insurance.pdf 29,533 SAMM_C10_T3.pdf 26,175 Understanding no-fault insurance.pdf 25,439 How credit scores affect your insuran
  8. 8. Proposed design should include • Make the content learner centric • Make the content shareable across different channels • Provide opportunities for the learner to engage with the content • Enable collaboration and conversation • Enable learners to cite from attached material • Define some simple tasks they need to complete; Reward them with some “badges” • Provide opportunities to test themselves to make sure they understood/completed the key pieces of information • Engage with alumni in facebook-style community who can support the new students • Make full use of pedagogical affordances offered by social media
  9. 9. Cultural aspects Source: http://geert-hofstede.com/united-states.html
  10. 10. A community page on Facebook These discussions need to be moderated for any factual inaccuracies.
  11. 11. A conversation in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2396543407334&set=bc.AbqRnmo_TPdVZb
  12. 12. #preDISAM

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