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Learning And Social Networks

Upside Learning

Google Plus is making waves among technology savvy social networkers. This is a more manageable approach for dealing with the humongous amount of incoming data that social networks generate. It’s quite clear to me now how social networks could influence learning by: Providing a digital space for free expression about the work and workplace.

Social Networking – A Contrarian View

Upside Learning

We all know social networks promote learning; while the mechanisms aren’t documented or well-understood, that it works isn’t in doubt anymore. But we must ask, are the ‘social media/networking systems’ out there promoting this learning? have seen that early attempts to bring social networking inside companies as a work tool have failed.

Social networks require ownership

Learning and Working on the Web

So Gartner states that only 10% of social networking roll-outs succeed. Computer World UK reports that certain characteristics are necessary for success, once a purpose has been provided: The purpose should naturally motivate people to participate. The hard work begins after the software vendors have provided the initial training and the organization is on its own.

Can organisation-wide social networks capture tacit knowledge?

The eLearning Nomad

Yet, organisations’ social networks are based on the presumption that conversations is all we need. There is a misconception that tacit knowledge can be ‘disseminated’ across an organisation through passive means like packaged e-learning modules , discussions in social forums, or webinars. However, we would fool ourselves if we would believe that anything ‘social’ will now suddenly be deep as well. Providing a social network to your staff and contractors doesn’t necessarily mean the less-experienced will learn from your champions.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon. Businesses are being transformed into social businesses. Networks are the glue that connects us.

WARNING, social netWORK AHEAD

Learning Cafe

I’ve been reading with interest recent articles and blog posts proclaiming that social practices won’t work in the enterprise. Posts such as ‘ You ready to fail at social networking ’ and the excellent post from Jeevan Joshi  ’4 reasons why employee social learning will fail at work ‘, have really made me think and reflect on the hype surrounding social business and more specifically the rise of social networks / communities within the work environment. Do you want to provide a social space for your people?

Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. They form a network of people via interactions, groups, etc. Being a network, they generally are a little harder for people to understand. However, they typically try to give a better sense of the person and make interactions more social. Some thoughts I have about why we might adopt threaded discussions / forum software vs. adopting a social network solution.

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Using your Enterprise Social Network for Social Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Online workshop takes place 14 July – 15 August 2014 Many organisations have now adopted an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) like Yammer, Jive, Socialcast or Chatter to provided the infrastructure for collaborative working in the business. Social learning

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Information foraging and social networks

George Siemens

We (mistakenly) assume that if the educator provides that coherence in the form of a course, students will acquire it. Instead of a broadcast model, then, we need a model that places coherence making into the hands of learners and into social networks. We need some degree of centering in order to gain coherence in a topic.

Learning and creating knowledge in social networks

George Siemens

Networks are the underlying structure for knowledge, learning, and society. We live in networks. This familiarity results, at times, in overlooking the significant value that connections provide in understanding the world. When a company has a failed product launch, networks and connections can explain why. When a company, such as Microsoft or Blackberry, fails to capitalize on an emerging market, networks can describe what happened. When a political party fails at the polls, networks can provide insight into lack of resonance with voters.

Make Your Social Network A Learning Tool

CLO Magazine

By understanding how informal networks communicate and collaborate, social network analysis can facilitate more effective learning program design and promote more innovative collaboration. Behind every official organization chart is a web of informal networks composed of individual relationships. Valuable resources and information flow through these networks in various ways, often outside any prescribed path or hierarchy. The effect of these networks on culture and learning can be significant, as they improve the speed and efficiency of information exchange.

Social Learning Online: It’s Possible

Association eLearning

A major complaint among those who prefer Instructor led training (ILT) to eLearning is that eLearning is not social. They claim the lack of social interaction, both with the instructor and other learners, limits the effectiveness of the training. Social Learning in an LMS. The goal of social learning is to get learners involved with the content and engaging with their peers.

Monster.com Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today Monster.com dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown , a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking. The Use of Social Networks for Corporate Recruiting.

Monster.com Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today Monster.com dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown , a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking. The Use of Social Networks for Corporate Recruiting.

How to Use Enterprise Social Networks to On-Board New Employees

Mindflash

One important way organizations can do this is to help new people “adjust” or “socialize” into the new organization. Organizational socialization goes back a long way, and includes fundamentals like helping new employees with role clarity, confidence in their ability to perform the work, social acceptance, and knowledge of how to navigate the organization. Traditional new hire training programs do not address these issues of organizational socialization. Enterprise social networks are certainly not a silver bullet.

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Building Effective Employee Social Networks

Learning Cafe

Employee Social Learning – Ingredients for Success! No one can deny the all-powerful nature of Social Media and Social Learning. However, beyond a few well-publicised success stories, there is a shortage of social learning initiatives which have been sustained beyond the initial launch. This workshop is suited for HR professionals who want to understand and make social learning a success in their organisations. The workshop includes hands-on exercise where the participants set up and build an online social learning community. About the Workshop.

How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning?

Dont Waste Your Time

These people, who I’ve built my Personal Learning Network (PLN) around, have made me laugh, cry, think, reflect, criticise, critique, avoid, seek out, and generally strive to know more about myself. Twitter has enabled me to leave my institutional network and reach further afield: nationally and internationally. That’s because that’s what I use Twitter for.

What makes a good online learning experience?

Dont Waste Your Time

Distance learning students often say they don’t feel connected or part of the University or course because of these distances, so think about including some getting-to-know-you or group activities , give them opportunities to meet each other (virtually) and grow their own learning network (PLN). Providing a link to a resource (PDF, PPT, etc.) should Do you provide alternatives?

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Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. She was also listed in the Top 25 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media in 2013 and 2014. and others. THE INTERVIEW: 1. Idealistic?

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing. I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. That’s true for the work community as well as in public networks.

Google+ … Room for another social network?

CLO Magazine

Although Google+ is still in its early stages, its unique infrastructure – focused on distinguishing user groups – might be all that is needed for this network to rise above its competitors – including LinkedIn. His prediction is that Google+ will become a strong competitor in the market, and while Facebook will remain the dominant social network, they will co-exist.

Add Social Networks to Virtual Classrooms to Spark Collaboration by Pamela S. Hogle

Learning Solutions Magazine

The collaborative tools built into most virtual classroom platforms, along with private spaces on social or office networking. platforms, provide opportunities for learners to collaborate with geographically dispersed colleagues. Performance Support Social Media Virtual Classrooms

The Social Network and the Risks of Informal Learning Delivery

CLO Magazine

The movie The Social Network has been in the news this week — as it’s been for the last six months or so — for racking up eight Academy Award nominations. It’s a great film, and, as we’ve seen, great fodder for an ongoing conversation on peer networking and the entire nature of the world we live in today (as well as for debate on whether or not it was fair in its depiction of its subject: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg). After all, Zuckerberg used peer networking to quickly learn what he needed to know, but only did it to ace a test.

Social Media for Staff: Legal Checklist

Dont Waste Your Time

This is a great reference guide, from JISC Legal,  for universities, colleges and learning providers to consider in relation to social media use by staff.  Download here:  Social Media for Staff: Legal Checklist. social media policy makes staff aware of their responsibilities, and defines social media broadly to include new technologies and mobile devices.

Book Review: “Using Social Media in the Classroom” #edtech

Dont Waste Your Time

Regular readers will know I have an interest in using, and understanding how we can use, Social Media and Social Networks with students and learning. It is also about using the different tools and techniques for learning and Social Media and Social Networks are a valuable source of learning materials from many different cultures and backgrounds.

Learning Analysis of Social Networks

Learning and Technology

This is my first look into social network analysis for learning. This sets the stage for digging in deeper and conducting analysis on the social networks that learners participate in such as twitter or a blog. Dragan (our instructor) mentioned that researchers have often thought social networks may be the most important component of learning.

How has technology transformed the classroom?

Dont Waste Your Time

Last month I was asked to provide a few lines about how I believe Apple has transformed classrooms. Being connected to the Internet enables interaction and engagement with networks of learners from any locations, from coffee shops to shopping centres, to libraries and schools – it is this that has transformed the use of technology for learning. Easy access to the Internet is enabling interaction and engagement such as, “networks of learners from any location, from coffee shops to shopping centers to libraries and schools,” Hopkins explains. What do you think?

Choosing between Social Media automation and Reflective Use

Ignatia Webs

Thanks to the Ol''daily my attention got grabbed by an article from Elsua (Luis Suarez - an KM/IBM social media pioneer). In his reflective blogpost on the industrialization of social media in the enterprise. His words rang a bell, as I am also caught between automating my (not corporate, but as I see it my personal brand) social media stream, because I feel I am not putting out as much as I want to. But after reading his blogpost, I realized the output is not why I started using social media, it is indeed the conversation, the network, the exchange of ideas.

Being active in many networks (@cristinacost)

Dont Waste Your Time

A post from Cristina Costa on “How I manage to keep active in so many networks” was one I read at the weekend that stopped me in my tracks and made me think “that’s it, that’s what I meant to say!” “Building your personal learning network doesn’t happen overnight. And it takes equal effort to build your network.

Marketing Your Association to Millennials: Make it Social

Association eLearning

Years ago, while interning for a social media marketer, I was taught the value of social media to engage and attract business. Today social media marketing has changed from meme generation, to promoted posts and tweets, image ads, and pay-per-click (PPC)  campaigns on big name social media sites. Have questions about other social media sites? Facebook. Twitter.

Social networking is king

E-Learning Provocateur

Another principle that resonated with me was, in my own words: Social networking is king. Social networking has been around since the dawn of time. wonderful example of the latter was provided by Spike in his session Look who’s talking! Simple: it’s a social network for people who are interested in scrapbooking and crafts. technology.

Where would I be without Twitter?

Dont Waste Your Time

Now, over 5 years later I’ve changed it (finally) and now use the same avatar across all networks. I’m still not sure if I’ll swap back, but for the moment I’ll stick with it. mine – despite the feeling of ownership or control over my / our network, we ought to remember it’s not, nor will it ever be. Some are re-tweets (RT), mentions, replies, etc.

Book Review: “Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do”

Dont Waste Your Time

You may think this a strange choice for a Learning Technologist to review – “Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do: A Manager’s Guide to the Social Web”  by Euan Semple - but I’m reading this more out of my interest in Social Media and how we use it in our everyday (personal and professional) lives, rather than my interest in management styles or business process.

Online Social Networks Will Never Die!

eLearning Acupuncture

Have you ever sat down and given some thought about using an online social network in your teaching? Before online social networks were created questions like this really never came up. Another feature of common human social networks is that one person could belong to multiple social networks and these network were independant of each other and rarely mixed/overlapped.