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  • Hello and welcome to the session on “ Top 5 Myths about Social Learning”. Today, we will have a look at some of the common myths that most people have about social learning.
  • Before we even begin the session, let us first see what the experts have to say about social learning. “ Social learning allows people to share (experiences or resources) or collaborate (in many different ways)” Jane Hart — Social Business Consultant “ We are all social beings, so social learning is more natural way of learning.” It's the technology of social learning that allows us to regulate our attention to those areas where we can gain the highest return on investment , and put our best contributions out into the world.” Marcia Conner — an expert blogger on collaborative technologies
  • Let’s now look at the five myths of social learning. First and foremost, and one of the common myth is that social learning is new. However, in reality, social learning is not entirely new. It has been around since late 70s as it was at that time when Albert Bandura , a psychologist, established the theory of modern social learning. According to this theory, people can learn in a social context. He had argued that people can learn new information and behaviors by watching other people, also known as observational learning (or modeling). This type of learning can be used to explain a wide variety of behaviors.
  • Myth #2 is that social learning has replaced the use of an LMS in an organization In reality, Learning Management Systems (LMS) has a definite role to play in the learning via social web. In fact, most of the LMS vendors such as Moodle and Desire2Learn (D2L) today have incorporated various social capabilities to enable social learning. Such a kind of LMS, is also called Social LMS. The interaction between an organization’s LMS and its social learning platform can vary greatly, depending on company size. Large organizations tend to have enterprise social platforms already in place for their workforce, into which they feed LMS content such as course links, curriculum, or virtual classroom registration.
  • Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc, are just meant to connect with different people, build relationships, and share information, but does not provide any learning. However, you can use these sites to facilitate social learning. It has been proved that the social media tools help facilitate an informal discussion and collaboration, which are the key elements of social learning. Tom Spiglanin—Social Learning Strategist and Designer, have rightfully said that social learning and social media exist separately, but social media can be used to provide support to social learning. Also, Dan Pontefract—Head of learning and collaboration at Canadian firm ‘Telus’, says that social media is a tool; social learning is an action. And online social technologies have enabled frictionless social learning opportunities.
  • Myth #4: User-generated content will replace the formal content development process However, in reality, it is vice-a-versa, where the user-generated content will rather complement the formal content development process and create efficiencies in SME contribution, knowledge capture, and content review. Social learning is bi-directional, where the user-generated content as well as feedback can prove to be a wonderful asset for Instructional Designers (IDs). Thus enabling them to develop more persuasive and timely learning. Today, the role of an ID is becoming more and more that of a facilitator, who facilitates the learning process rather than just creating the learning modules.
  • Myth #5: Social learning is for fun only It is a common myth that if the learning is via social tools such as Wikis, blogs, and so on then it must be for fun only. However, this is not true. Instead, social learning may mean SERIOUS BUSINESS . Social learning, like any other learning solution, can also have a tracking mechanism where the we can track the progress of the learners. Cathy Davidson , a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University, has pointed out that social learning does far more than simply give license to gossip with peers or surf online content. According to Cathy’s experiences, social learning frees learners to process the content and then retain what they have learned in a much better fashion.
  • These are few examples from my project that I had worked on where we hade made use of the Wiki to host the sessions. As you can see in the highlighted portion of the screenshot, this wiki was also used where the learner can track their status for each module. This course was divided into seven modules and each module had different items that a learner had to attend such as a web lecture, Assessment, Exercise, and a Demonstration, and then the status was marked as complete upon completion of all these items for the respective modules.
  • Thank you for you time and patience!
  • Top 5 myths about social learning forslideshare

    1. 1. Top 5 Myths about Social Learning Global Business Services 1
    2. 2. Let us first see what the experts have to say ….“Social learning allows people to share (experiences or resources) orcollaborate (in many different ways)” - Jane Hart—Social Business Consultant“We are all social beings, so social learning is more natural way oflearning.”Its the technology of social learning that allows us to regulate our attention tothose areas where we can gain the highest return on investment, and put ourbest contributions out into the world.” - Marcia Conner—an expert blogger on collaborative technologies 2
    3. 3. Social learning …  Is a platform where the learners learn in a collaborative environment  Can take place within a formal course environment  Supports conversation / discussion and learning from one another, that is, it facilitates learning through social interaction  Improves an educational environment because most of today’s learners are familiar with the online social tools and practices  Can be easily facilitated and organized irrespective of the learners’ location, or the convenience of their schedule via various third-party authoring toolsSocial learning has become an important topic for corporate training today as more and morepeople are now working remotely, especially in IBM, where the employees are located in differentregions and time zones. 3
    4. 4. Myth #1: Social learning is new!In reality, social learning is not entirely new. It has been around since late 70s, as itwas at that time when Albert Bandura established the theory of modern sociallearning. According to this theory, people can learn in a social context. He had argued that people can learn new information and behaviors by watching other people, also known as observational learning (or modeling). This type of learning can be used to explain a wide variety of behaviors. Albert Bandura - Psychologist 4
    5. 5. Myth #2: Social learning has replaced the use of an LMS in an organizationAgain, the answer is a big “No”!In reality, Learning Management Systems (LMS) has adefinite role to play in the learning via social web.In fact, most of the LMS vendors such as Moodle andDesire2Learn (D2L) today have incorporated various socialcapabilities to enable social learning. Such a kind of LMS, isalso called Social LMS.The interaction between an organization’s LMS and its sociallearning platform can vary greatly, depending on companysize. Large organizations tend to have enterprise socialplatforms already in place for their workforce, into which theyfeed LMS content such as course links, curriculum, or virtualclassroom registration. 5
    6. 6. Myth #3: Social learning and social media— Aren’t they similar?“Social learning and socialmedia exist separately, butsocial media can be used to SOCIAL LEARNING +provide support to sociallearning.” SOCIAL MEDIA = SOCIAL - Tom Spiglanin—SocialLearning Strategist and MEDIA LEARNINGDesigner Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so“Social media is a tool; on, are just meant to connect with different people,social learning is an action. build relationships, and share information, but does notAnd online social provide any learning. However, you can use these sitestechnologies have enabled to facilitate social learning.frictionless social learning It has been proved that the social media tools helpopportunities.” facilitate an informal discussion and collaboration, - Dan Pontefract—Head of which are the key elements of social learning.learning and collaboration atCanadian firm ‘Telus’. 6
    7. 7. Myth #4: User-generated content will replace the formal content development processHowever, in reality, it is vice-a-versa, where the user-generated content will rathercomplement the formal content development process and create efficiencies in SMEcontribution, knowledge capture, and content review.Social learning is bi-directional, where the user-generated content as well asfeedback can prove to be a wonderful asset for Instructional Designers (IDs). Thusenabling them to develop more persuasive and timely learning.Today, the role of an ID is becoming more and more that of a facilitator, who facilitates thelearning process rather than just creating the learning modules. 7
    8. 8. Myth #5: Social learning is for fun only It is a common myth that if the learning is via social tools such as Wikis, blogs, and so on then it must be for fun only. However, this is not true. Instead, social learning may mean SERIOUS BUSINESS. Social learning, like any other learning solution, can also have a tracking mechanism where the we can track the progress of the learners. ThisCathy Davidson, a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University,has pointed out that social learning does far more than simply give licenseto gossip with peers or surf online content.According to Cathy’s experiences, social learning frees learners to processthe content and then retain what they have learned in a much betterfashion. 8
    9. 9. Few examples of social learning 9
    10. 10. References http://www.socialmediastrategy.co.za/index.php/social-networking/why-social-learning-benefits-y 10
    11. 11. Thank You! 11

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