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Social networks and experiential
and informal learning
Tryggvi Thayer
Leapfrog Workshop
University of Minnesota
May 22, 20...
What is a social network?
(boyd & Ellison, 2007)
• Social network sites:
▫ Illustrates and communicates social networks
▫ ...
Using SNSs in education
• Various experiments using SNSs for education
▫ Staying in touch
▫ Communication
▫ Marketing
• Fe...
Learning ecologies
(Seeley Brown, 1999)
• Learning happens everywhere in range of
activities
• Systemic view
▫ Learning ec...
Social networks and learning
• People sharing experiences
• Learning is a communicative activity
• Constructivist approach...
Informal learning
• Informal learning is embedded in experience
• Is always in context
• Is mostly intangible
• Avoid form...
Experiential and informal learning
• Focus on the experience
• Focus on the individual
• Allows us to identify or create c...
Experiential learning: Kolb’s cycle
(Kolb & Fry, 1975)
Experiential learning: Jarvis’ model
(Jarvis, 1995)
Formulating educational strategies for
SNSs
• Focus on experiences
• Share experiences
• Mediate meaning-making
• -> Authe...
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Social networks/networking and learning

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Social networks/networking and learning

  1. 1. Social networks and experiential and informal learning Tryggvi Thayer Leapfrog Workshop University of Minnesota May 22, 2010
  2. 2. What is a social network? (boyd & Ellison, 2007) • Social network sites: ▫ Illustrates and communicates social networks ▫ People already known • Social networking sites: ▫ Facilitate establishment of new networks ▫ Meet new people with similar interests • Social technology: ▫ Facilitates various forms of "socializing” ▫ People not necessarily known ▫ Not necessarily enduring relationships
  3. 3. Using SNSs in education • Various experiments using SNSs for education ▫ Staying in touch ▫ Communication ▫ Marketing • Few coherent strategies for learning • Try to understand what actually happens on SNSs • How can that fit into a broader learning framework?
  4. 4. Learning ecologies (Seeley Brown, 1999) • Learning happens everywhere in range of activities • Systemic view ▫ Learning ecology is:  “open, complex adaptive system”  “shaping chaos” • Where do SNSs fit in? • How do we combine components for effective learning?
  5. 5. Social networks and learning • People sharing experiences • Learning is a communicative activity • Constructivist approach ▫ Learning as a result of flows of information ▫ Meaning-making through mediation
  6. 6. Informal learning • Informal learning is embedded in experience • Is always in context • Is mostly intangible • Avoid formalizing the informal!
  7. 7. Experiential and informal learning • Focus on the experience • Focus on the individual • Allows us to identify or create contexts to accommodate informal learning
  8. 8. Experiential learning: Kolb’s cycle (Kolb & Fry, 1975)
  9. 9. Experiential learning: Jarvis’ model (Jarvis, 1995)
  10. 10. Formulating educational strategies for SNSs • Focus on experiences • Share experiences • Mediate meaning-making • -> Authentic learning in experiential contexts

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