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Socially Networked Learning

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Ways to consider using social networks available today for education purposes and with assessment approaches that can help you understand if your network is achieving your desired objectives.

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Socially Networked Learning

  1. 1. By Dr. Eileen O’Connor LIT 2016
  2. 2. Consider a social network that you use YOUR social network What brings you to it? Why do you stay? Does it continue without you?
  3. 3. WHAT ARE THE FACTORS INFLUENCING THE RISE IN SOCIAL NETWORKING AND MEDIA? •DISTRIBUTED ORGANIZATIONS - GEOGRAPHIC / TIME •CONTINUOUS LEARNING (ONLINE – 24/7) •A STORED “INTELLIGENCE” •WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT “FOREVER” – WE NOW CAN ADD DIMENSIONS OF TIME & GEOGRAPHY Even K12 can use online for extended projects & homework
  4. 4. DESIGNING FOR SOCIALLY NETWORKED LEARNING – AND DETERMINING ITS EFFECTIVENESS Communication • Vygotsky - MKO • D-cog networks Learning • Piaget (disequilibrium) • Backwards design • Scaffolding Process • Volatile? • Permanent? • Semi-permanent (Snapchat) Assessment • Is it working? • Specific outcome? • Novel outcome?
  5. 5. SETTING THE STAGE FOR YOUR THINKING What’s the problem / activity? What do you need to learn about the participants? How will you know if its working? How can SNL make your life today more effective? Will it be open or by invitation?
  6. 6. What do you want to motivate? Why? • K-12: And after school homework club? A citizen science local habitat study? Numeric survey data for the math class? • Higher-education: A patient care idea section for a nursing class? A literature sharing and review network for an English course? Location for idea sharing on training clients in an IT department? • Social/organizational: Meeting ideas shared by the Summer Picnic Committee? Videos and images uploaded from various peaks of the Ski Club?
  7. 7. What do you want to motivate? Why? What are the learning /communication issues? What needs to be solved? • Fragmentation / lack of community? How is community established? • Trust • Relationships among the participants • Community of practice What tools to be used? • Do they use this now? • What is “native” to this demographic? What motivators? • Why come – tech alone won’t do it What “sparks”? • What needs? • Who champions? • Who assesses results? • (badges?) Who or what creates the continuity? • Short-term to a limited objective? • Ongoing and extending?
  8. 8. ASSESSMENT •HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK IS WORKING EFFECTIVELY? •LISTEN TO THE “EVIDENCE” – WHAT IS EMERGING? •SIDE BRANCHES? •RESOLUTIONS? •SUGGESTIONS? •HOW CAN YOU REWARD / EVALUATE WHAT TRANSPIRES?
  9. 9. INTEGRATE NEW AWARD SYSTEMS •PEER BADGING
  10. 10. Badge method for COTE
  11. 11. DECISION POINTS FOR SOCIALLY NETWORKED LEARNING Access / entry – open or invited? Shared materials / posted materials / both? Spontaneous or structured / both?
  12. 12. Foundational Elements in SNL Common interest Attention to psychology Motivation to participate Appropriate technologies Assessment & review – de facto or planned Sustained community?
  13. 13. Key components in effective networks today – and can this be simulated? What are some examples? Spontaneity Ease of use Longevity
  14. 14. Tools for social networking— Constructionism; the project defines the tools Facebook Snap Chat YouTube Google Drive & sharing Any tech means that extends over time & geography Email
  15. 15. Examples: COTE https://commons.suny.edu/cotehub/
  16. 16. Badges in COTE https://commons.suny.edu/c otehub/online-competency- development/badges-and- certificates/
  17. 17. Developing & Assessing Socially-Networked Learning (SNL)Extend for 1 graduate credit at ESC tuition rates : • (W1) Identify the area to socially-network and the problem, scenario, or activity (the “content”) to be initiated within • Locate academic or social research on the importance of the content & on any media sharing of the content — 4 pg double space paper with citations & reference • (W2 – 3) Frame & develop your SNL around the four design components (communication, learning, process & assessment) • Delineate technology, initial/seed postings, method of inviting, method of evaluating or rewarding – create & invite the instructor • (W 4) Share and explain • Develop summary report integrating & explaining the overall SNL created; integrate screen captures & links; 4 to 5 pg single space with images & appropriate headings — could be shared with someone to explain your SNL

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