Tag Archive for: social learning

The bias of the backchannel

06 Feb
February 6, 2014 Social media tools are increasingly being used to support backchannels for a number of conferences and events.  Conferences will issue ‘formal’ Twitter hashtags in advance – such as #MyConference – so that tweets can be rapidly searched, collated and shared.  But what if the tweets are not representative of the conference content – surely then the immediate value of the backchannel would be lost?  This post explores a real-world example and suggests some strategies and learning for all Read more [...]

What’s formal learning ever given us?

25 Jul
July 25, 2013 The debate over formal learning versus informal learning versus social learning versus live online learning continues apace but a recent exchange via Twitter rather got my dander up!  In response to an excellent blog by Clark Quinn, Jane Hart from the Centre for Performance Learning Technologies (@C4LPT) tweeted that “Formal learning should be the LAST RESORT”. (Jane's emphasis) My response was that we need formal learning – that flying ‘social airways’ or living near a ‘social nuclear Read more [...]

Learning in 140 characters – or less

30 May
May 30, 2013 Twitter is a phenomenon – you just can’t escape it.  Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July the same year.  The service has rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million registered users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.  Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet."  There's a Read more [...]

Where have all the learning spaces gone?

16 May
May 16, 2013 Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.  The list of social media sites continues to grow at an alarming rate and this merely underlines the power of social media in today’s business world. But stepping aside from the virtual world, I’m left wondering where the real learning spaces have gone to, and this is the subject of this week’s post. Where have all the learning spaces gone? I’m wondering where we learnt before these wonderful social media tools were developed? We Read more [...]

The various types of social learners

18 Apr
April 18, 2013 I’ve blogged before that I’ve been fascinated by the concept of social learning for some time.  This post forms part of my voyage of discovery and focuses on the various types of social learners. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a personal voyage and as such reflects what I’ve seen, heard and found.  I’m sure this post – as with others - may well generate some adverse responses and criticism but I wanted to give you the opportunity of understanding the journey I made and for you Read more [...]

Let’s keep the social in social learning

21 Mar
March 21, 2013 I’ve been fascinated by the concept of social learning for some time now; well, when I say fascinated I mean I’ve watched with interest as the number of times this issue has been mentioned at conferences, on Twitter, in blogs and industry forums has steadily increased.  I have been enthralled by the rapid adoption of this term by the learning and development community and also somewhat amazed at some of the claims that people are making for social learning.  And yet despite this I found myself Read more [...]