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Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? Social Learning. People in corporations are picking up Social Learning as one of the latest learning “buzzwords” without really knowing what it means. They hear it mentioned mostly through their own social networks and immediately think…”This is new and innovative! think they are, but do you? technologies.

Fri April 29: ASTD Conference “Learning 2.0 – Don’t get left behind” #ASTDL20

Learning Visions

But if you’d like to hear from some industry notables on the topic of Learning 2.0, come to ASTD New England Area’s Regional 2011 Conference: Learning 2.0 – Don’t get left behind. It’s this Friday in Westford, MA. I’ll be speaking, giving a Cammy Bean style sightseeing tour of Social Media. Conference Description: The world of learning & development is changing fast. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, then you’re not so far behind as all that. You can also hear from the likes of Tony Bingham, Dave Wilkins, David Kelly and Gina Rosenthal.


Social Learning, Collaboration, and Team Identity

Skilful Minds

Its focus was on the importance of social software applications in the Enterprise to the ability of distributed project team members to recognize who is on their team at any point in time, and who isn't. Learning Experience Social Networks Web 2.0 e-Learning 2.0 social business design awareness Dachis Group distributed work empathy Internet Time Alliance shared experience social learning team identity twitter wiki Tags: Change Management Collaboration Enterprise 2.0

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The Human Factor: Evangelizing Social Learning by Mary Arnold

Learning Solutions Magazine

Training professionals are quick to see the potential value in social learning and collaboration. However, their organizations often need additional reasons to invest in a social learning. Future Trends Learning 2.0 Social Mediaenvironments. environment. The good news is, the reasons are substantial! Here are some persuasive arguments you can.

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Social Learning: to be or not to be?

Jane Hart

The term Social Learning (big S, big L) has been used to describe the use of social media in learning for quite a few years now, so why we have seen the recent spate of blog postings expressing concern about the fact? To provide a bit of history, the term Social Learning (big S, big L) emerged from the previously (more cumbersome) terms E-Learning 2.0

# 1 - Deepening Social Learning to Work Performance - Proposed Model

Vignettes Learning

Series # 1 - Can we use formal learning structure as a framework in implementing Learning 2.0? In implementing Learning 2.0 Social networking in learning) I encounter the usual problems I experience in implementing traditional e-Learning and Webinars. They discovered the value of Learning 2.0 State objectives 2. environments.

e-Learning must become social learning!

ID Reflections

social learning informal learning adult learning Tags: e-learning 2.0

Learning 2.0: Everyone is trying to figure it out…and someone boldly proclaims Twitter to be dead

Bottom-Line Performance

I’ve been reading tons of posts lately on “Learning 2.0.&# Folks have been talking about “Web 2.0″ ″ since 2004 - it’s taken the learning community until 2009 to get onto the band wagon. They weren’t resistant to social media tools for learning - just having to ADD another tool onto one they already used daily.

"Why Exaggeration Works in Learning"

Vignettes Learning

It’s humor and sarcasm underlies the objective of helping the learners discover the embedded learning content in the midst of a lighthearted approach. __ More often than not we associate exaggeration with comedy films. These are often high impact points in the learning process. It helps them discover the embedded learning content underneath the lighthearted approach.

Rethinking e-Learning by Clark N. Quinn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Advances in technology have provided new capabilities for learning, while spaced practice, social learning, meta-learning, and distributed cognition have given us alternative ways to support learning. The combination allows us to envision and deliver a richer learning experience that leads to persistent change in abilities – and persistent change in ability to do is our actual goal. Management Strategies Mobile Social Media Tags: Future Trends Instructional Design Learning 2.0

Leadership Development in a Learning 2.0 World

Gram Consulting

Last week  I presented a session titled Leadership Development in a Learning 2.0 Here is the description of the session from the conference program: Leadership Development in a Learning 2.0 Developing effective leaders and managers is an increasingly important task for the learning function. Leadership development has been slow to adopt eLearning strategies but recent developments in web 2.0 technologies, along with changing perspectives on workplace learning are changing that. The social learning drivers behind learning 2.0

Learning 2.0

Learning Journal

If you read some of the predictions for 2009  that were compiled by Lisa Neal Gualtieri at eLearn Magazine, you may have noticed that people foresee a resurgence of informal learning, especially in new, e-mediated forms.  While I agree that many people have developed some savvy with really cool tools, using those tools for learning is a different skill set.  One of the challenges I think we need to address is the need to teach people a new way to learn.  Here’s what I mean: Learning Skill. Learning 2.0 Learn, improve. Dimension. Network.

Starting a conversation about social media for learning

Learning Journal

The first topic we took up was social media learning, since I thought it might be somewhat familiar even if students weren’t able to use these kinds of tools much as yet (entirely possible given the roles they play and the kinds of organizations in which they work). Minds on Fire: Open education, the long tail, and learning 2.0. Social Networking Theories and Tools to Support Connectivist Learning Activities. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies , 2(3) (2007)  Download from here. Social Media Basics.

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

Yesterday on video I heard myself stumbling to describe the April 21 session of Corporate Learning Trends & Innovation. said our theme is improving performance with “natural/informal/web 2.0/connected/social learning. This new learning is strategy, not support. Formal training and workshops account for only 10% to 20% of what people learn at work.

e-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)


Link to Stephen Downes Homepage All His Papers All His Presentation Slides + KL Workshop Slides Blogs - OLDaily & Half an Hour Web 1.0 = Read Web 2.0 = Read -Write Web 3.0 = Read -Write - Research Web 4.0 = Read -Write - Research - Rambo! In this e-Learning 2.0 In addition, we discussed many other web 2.0 What do you want to learn? ). And by using web 2.0

Mapping Informal and Formal Learning Strategies to Real Work

Gram Consulting

During the Q&A at a recent conference session on Social Learning a retail industry attendee asked: “I have to train 300 store level associates in new product knowledge in the next three months.  Is social learning really what I want?” advocate informal and social learning vehicles when appropriate and get as excited about their uses as you likely do, but it’s not a panacea for all our learning woes.  The current zeal around social learning solutions can distract from real performance needs (we’ve been distracted before ). 

[from davidds] e-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)


Link to Stephen Downes Homepage All His Papers All His Presentation Slides + KL Workshop Slides Blogs - OLDaily & Half an Hour Web 1.0 = Read Web 2.0 = Read -Write Web 3.0 = Read -Write - Research Web 4.0 = Read -Write - Research - Rambo! In this e-Learning 2.0 In addition, we discussed many other web 2.0 What do you want to learn? ). And by using web 2.0

Learning Notes From an E-Learning 2.0 Implementation Workshop


Alright, the actual title for the 2-day workshop was: E-Learning Implementation and Web 2.0 Technologies in the Higher Education Sector The main objective of this hands-on practical workshop was to develop an understanding of the implementation and application of e-learning technologies within an institution of higher education. Also, it explored several web 2.0 Wow!).

Learning Notes From an E-Learning 2.0 Implementation Workshop


Alright, the actual title for the 2-day workshop was: E-Learning Implementation and Web 2.0 Technologies in the Higher Education Sector The main objective of this hands-on practical workshop was to develop an understanding of the implementation and application of e-learning technologies within an institution of higher education. Also, it explored several web 2.0 Wow!).

Learning 2.0 formal methodologies?

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Jane Hart , in response to my comment on Manish’s blog post, was wondering what I meant by structured construction and tracking models for teaching-learning in a Learning 2.0 Let us first look at teaching-learning activities and see if we can identify some of the key components of these activities. Goals/ Object of Learning. In any learning activity, the goal is to learn. There could be other activities where learning is incidentally acquired, but that is not my focus. No learning activity is an end in itself. Learning 2.0.

Get Serious About Social Learning by Focusing on What Matters by Eric Davidove

Learning Solutions Magazine

Social learning supports powerful learning experiences, leverages social networks to accelerate. learning, and improves productivity. Learn here how to create a great strategy to make these. Social Media Tags: Design Strategies Instructional Design Learning 2.0 things happen.

"SMACK THE LEARNER ON THE FACE" - Learning from failures - best learning ever

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis Allowing learners to fail or realize the possibility of failures enable them to earnestly pursue learning as they analyze, think through or contemplate on the circumstance and discover learning points that help them arrive at solutions and/or behavioral changes. __ I just read Roger Schank's book on "Teaching Minds". This becomes a recurring cycle of incremental learning.

e-Learning 2.0: Surveying Learner Participant TechnoProfile

Vignettes Learning

Social Networking: Surveying Learner Participant TechnoProfile I have been fine-tuning a survey tool to gauge the T echnoProfile of the target learning audience in social learning, networking, collaboration and Learning 2.0 The survey design is based on my discoveries from social learning sessions , ( ASTD handout ) client projects and my research "in helping learners apply their learning" or Micro-Learning Impacts in social networking context. Premise 1: Shifting from Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 Learning 2.0

Social Is Not An Option by Ben Betts

Learning Solutions Magazine

As we find out how learning happens, and how technology can support learning, some interesting hybrids (mash-ups?) Four ideas dominate: informal learning, social learning, mobile learning, and games-based learning. The result: a very different way of learning. Mobile Serious Games Social Media Tools Tags: Future Trends Learning 2.0 are appearing. This week’s feature looks at how a team in England is putting these together, plus features to motivate learners.

Business Ideas through Social Learning

Vignettes Learning

The site is an application of adding more "function" in a social networking context. I see that social learning can benefit from this idea by testing how learning can follow this path: Phase I- social learning Phase 2-collaborative learning Phase 3-performance "Turn Business Ideas Into Reality Through A Social Network!"

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ADDIE is dead! Long live ADDIE!

Gram Consulting

Ellen’s post focused on how new Learning Designers get “cranky” at the first mention of the ADDIE process (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation).   It was in response to a #Lrnchat session on Twitter where most participants had a gag response to the to the mere mention of ADDIE (sound familiar?).  Add Web 2.0, HATE (Phase A, Step 3.2.6). And they are right.


How to Link Social Learning to Work and Performance

Vignettes Learning

How to Link Social Learning to Work and Performance View more presentations from 3MinuteWorlds. Ray Jimenez, PhD Join us at 3MinuteWorlds Micro-Learning Community [link] [link] [link] "Helping Learners Learn Their Way" Ray Jimenez, PhD Author "3-Minute e-Learning" web 2.0 social networking rapid e-learning eLearning learning 2.0 learning 2.0elearning2.0

Informal/Social Learning - Concertina Style

Sticky Learning

In recent times I've seen and heard much discussion around informal and social learning. For example, is informal learning necessarily social in nature? Has the rise of new technologies altered the traditional view of social learning? How can we harness new technologies to foster a culture of learning within our business? Informal learning is learner driven and takes place when and how the learner decides. As it is driven by individuals it can look quite different from learner to learner, the main test is whether learning occurs. You may

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Tagoras Releases Second Edition of the Learning 2.0 for Associations Report


What a great way to celebrate National Distance Learning Week ! Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele over at Tagoras have updated their Learning 2.0 It clearly describes the key Learning 2.0 elements and includes examples (with URL addresses so you can see more) of how various organizations are leveraging social learning. for Associations report — an amazing resource that every association must have! Did I mention the report is FREE!?!?? What are you waiting for?!?

“Brain Freeze: Does your eLearning System Cause Learning Paralysis?”

Vignettes Learning

However, the influx of information to an individual’s brain may prove to be debilitating to one’s decision making process or may result to learning paralysis for learners. Although there are many benefits to Twitter, Facebook and many other social media tools, Dimoka says there are unintended consequences. Too much information does not help learners retain or learn. learning 2.0

Learning 2.0 No! Patents

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I missed this, but apparently friendster has patented social netwoks. Perhaps only social learning netwoks. Maybe there is special code approved by the really smart people of Blackboard that prevents homies on friendster from actually learning anything.hhhmmmmm. I may need to ask ze frank to think so I don't have too on this one So then what has Blackboard patented? So, if you are on friendster chillin' with yo homies and they IM you somthing that you didn't previously know, who owes who the money?

Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

This time I had better luck and also had great luck searching for elearning strategy articles on eLearning Learning under the topic pages: eLearning Strategies , Learning Strategies and Strategy. It’s still needs more, but represents a good starting point for review: eLearning Strategy (PDF) Elearning - A Primer Learning 2.0 Top-Down Strategy What does a real life e-learning strategy look like? Strategy Strategies for learning and performance support: a summary Twitter in learning strategies: Yes or No? I've really been striking out.

Social Learning - this is how it can look!

Sticky Learning

Right now I'm reading an excellent book, The New Social Learning by Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham. The book has again turned my mind towards the question of using social media tools to provide another channel for organisational learning. So what has this to do with social media? Social media really is just a technological 'tweak' of what you see in the video.

Work Literacy of Social Learning Implementors

Vignettes Learning

The discussions are very helpful in formulating my thoughts on the issues of social learning tools, technologies and impacts on performance. The areas I am often asked is: "How do we use social learning and networking to improve performance at work?" 2. What is the role of the leader, trainer and manager in implementing the social learning process? Social learning is focused on interactions of users. I have been reviewing the blog discussions on Work Literacy Gap and Frameworks between Harold Jarche , Tony Karrer and Michelle Martin's.