Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.” Although I usually agree with Jane and am humbled by her otherworldly stature within the learning community, I’m going to pick a bone here. A common noun represents a class of entities (for example, city, planet, person or corporation).

Supporting online learners

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Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform. If you're new to online teaching, or are revisiting it, do consider spending an hour of your time to browse through the ideas in this module.

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The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/28/2010 The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter On Twitter exists a resourceful community of e-Learning professionals. During the last 2 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from this community of practice. Very informative for the e-Learning community!

PLN or CoP?

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That''s quite an apt result because Google and many of the other large, supposedly ''free'' social media tools are very much focused on making money to sustain their operations. Nor is it about the morality of social media companies. In the context of this post, PLN stands for Personal Learning Network , and CoP stands for Communities of Practice. A quick search reveals that not a lot has been written about the juxtaposition of the two.

Knowledge, practice and community

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After a break from blogging during the summer break, I''m back, and here is the continuation of my series on theories of learning, with number 25. You may recall that I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The previous post highlighted issues around the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. Craik and Lockhart Levels of Processing 6.

From novice to expert

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I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The last post highlighted issues around the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles. In this post, we review the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Blogging as conversation

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"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My professional life is pretty hectic much of the time, and I needed a space to write down my ideas and record my thoughts before I forgot them. I could have simply used a paper based diary, but I decided when I first heard of blogging that it might fulfil the role of an e-diary for me.

#LearningIs social

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Most of our learning is achieved within social contexts. I can't recall many examples where I have learnt something significant without the presence of others. From language acquisition, to basic numeracy and literacy skills, to more sophisticated activities such as public speaking, dining out with old friends or driving in traffic - all have been scaffolded and coached through the influence of others. Humans are inherently social. We want to be accepted by others.

Is all learning social?

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Just about every day I find myself embroiled in a discussions about fundamentals of learning, the nature of knowledge and the processes of education. It comes with the territory of working as an academic in a university, and I expect to do it much of the time. In the post I made the remark that today's learning needs to be personal, social and global, all of which can be mediated through technology. This is known as the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Reflections from Adaptive Paths UX Week 2007

Mark Oehlert

I really thought that Andrew Hintons presentation on the idea of user experience as Communities of Practice was excellent. I was also truly and deeply impressed with the work that has gone into the design of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. The presentation by Lisa Stausfeld and her team was a tremendous demonstration of the power of design. Why the waiting outside of the rooms before sessions? From the land of Huh?

Educational Locations in Second Life And the 3D Aids Quilt

Kapp Notes

Often I am asked for a list of interesting and educational locations within Second Life, the 3D virtual world software, here is a rather lengthy list of some of the more educational places within Second Life. Of especially keen interest is the Aids Quilt: The 3D AIDS Quilt , debut was in two virtual worlds and across the web on Worlds AIDS Day, (December 1, 2010) – is attracted and continues to attract a wide range of high profile contributors.

2.0 is a philosophy, not a technology

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Internet Time Alliance spent a couple of days last week putting the 2.0 Informal Communities of practice. Informal Community e-news. Social Photo-sharing. into a tedious proposal for a large, forward-facing multinational corporation. Among our recommendations were: Informal Live webcasts. Informal Recorded webinars. Informal Video conferencing. Informal Workshops.

5 Vital Elements of Engaging Microcontent

Obsidian Learning

Learners not only expect but demand that microcontent be easy to search for, easy to access, and easy to run, see, and interact with on their device of choice. For a deeper dive, see 7 Essentials of a Successful Mobile Learning Strategy. ). Make it part of a larger program.

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Open scholarship

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Most of us by now are familiar with open learning , and many could describe their use of open source software such as Moodle, Mahara, Linux and Open Office. Many can also articulate what open educational resources look like, and have knowledge of Massive Open Online Courses otherwise known as MOOCs. How many though, are familiar with the concept of open scholarship? The link below takes you to a short video I recently made on some of my own views on open scholarship.

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Two innovations that have changed learning forever

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On the face of it, this could be quite a difficult question to answer, simply because I have been involved in the study of educational technology since 1976, almost 40 years. During that time I have seen a great number of innovations. The extent of change that has occurred in this period was quite astounding. I witnessed the development of video cassette tapes, CD-ROMs, personal computers in the 70s and 80s but this was just the start.

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | June 7, 2019

Mike Taylor

Build Communities—Invite Those on the Edges. In Jane Bozarth’s ( @JaneBozarth ) latest Nuts & Bolts article on Communities of Practice, she talks about trajectories and the life of groups including some good points on why most struggle to survive beyond the initial launch and tips for making them better. The 7 Illusions of Knowing. you can only really learn effectively if you have a good awareness of what you do, and what you don’t, already know.”.

A little more conversation

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Now it depends on how you define CPD, but for me it is the personal learning you require to sustain, enhance and extend your own capabilities within your professional practice. All of my learning right now, at this stage of my career, is self determined. The dialogue I enjoy is accessed via my PLN, often through Twitter, but can also come from LinkedIn or Facebook, Google Hangouts or even YouTube and any number of other of the social media platforms I use.

What Does Social Learning Look Like? Pokémon GO

bozarthzone

There isn’t much user support, so understanding more about specifics of the product proves to be a collaborative proposition. The company hasn’t provided any collaboration tools, so the trainers across locations begin talking in places like Facebook groups, Google communities, and Reddit. The company keeps an eye on the activity and announces it will make adjustments to the product based on feedback gleaned from the community.

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On the Road with Internet Time Alliance, December 2010

Jay Cross

Over the course of 18 days in December 2010, I took part in learning events in seven countries. Here are some of the things I learned. Jane Hart and I keynoted “Learning Day” for senior training managers of the European Commission. The sixteenth-century guild halls that line Brussels’ Grand Place (AKA Grote Markt) are a reminder of the ancient communities of practice where craftsmen learned their trade through apprenticeship and curated their professional know-how.

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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In a recently published article, my colleagues Maged Boulos, Dean Giustini and I write about how learning through social media is transforming medical practices, health care and education. Learning is essentially a social activity, where people scaffold and extend each other’s knowledge gain [ 54 ], but in recent years, new theories have emerged to explain distributed forms of learning that have been made possible through mobile technology and social media.

5 of the best

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I find it useful to look back to see what were the most popular blog posts of the previous year. In retrospect, trends are more observable than they are when you're in the thick of it. My learning definitions series #learningis (13 posts) proved to be popular with a combined hit count of almost 50,000 views. It kicked off after I watched a video of some teachers at Geelong College in Australia, talking about their definitions of learning.

Content creation

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One of the most important digital literacies students require today is the ability to create appropriate content. Content creation is an important feature in many personal learning environment (PLE) models, and together with organising and sharing, makes up the cardinal triumvirate of skills that provides learners with a clear advantage. If you subscribe to constructivist theories of learning, you will understand why the creation of content is important in any context.

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

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The British Open University for example, was nicknamed 'the university of the second chance'. The last few years have seen the rise of Massive Open Online Courses, used by millions of students around the world to participate in learning that was previously closed to them. It's something of a revolution for education. Based on the work of psychologist J.J. Gibson on perception, Ralph Putnam has identified four categories of technology affordances.

Seriously.

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I used April Fool''s day to explore many of the issues that confront educational bloggers. Challenging as it may be to sustain writing at a high level of quality (most of us don''t succeed!), the rewards are that your ideas are quickly ''out there'' in public, and can be discussed, built upon, challenged and otherwise explored by your professional peers, your community of practice. It''s not always a bed of roses. Photo by James Clay Seriously.

Back to ‘what’ Normal? #AulaCon

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

This was a big thing for me, not least was how much effort it took to not only keep my diary free of meetings but also to keep the distractions and messages/calls/chat to a minimum so I could concentrate. had the rather huge title of ‘back to what normal?’

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The first technology

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I have been working in the field of learning technologies for almost 40 years. The most important thing for me has been to find out what is coming next, so that not only am I prepared for it, I can also tell my students, colleagues and my wider academic and professional community about the potential impacts of new ideas and technologies. One of the biggest surprises for me has happened in the last decade or so. We cannot overemphasise the importance of language.

Our mutual friends

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I''m gradually working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, I will examine Stanley Milgram''s concept of Six Degrees of Separation. As usual, this is a simplified and concise interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Social media can reduce the degrees of separation.

Making the future of education

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The methods we use to try to align school and university teaching with the demands of contemporary society will shape the extent to which we succeed. Some advocate the flipped learning approach and to a certain extent, the transfer of content delivery from the classroom to the home (or elsewhere) makes a lot of sense. A lot of institutions are adopting versions of this method, and are employing technology, particularly video and online content to achieve it.

Taking up residence

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David White , who is at Oxford University, is probably best known for his theory of Digital Residents and Visitors. Along with Alison Le Cornu, White published an article in 2011 that countered the Digital Natives and Immigrants ideas of Marc Prensky. Unfortunately, the genie was now out of the bottle, and people believe what they want to believe. White''s argument of Residents and Visitors is therefore a very welcome and timely alternative perspective.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Mathemagenic " PhD conclusions in a thousand words: blogging practices of knowledge workers Web 2.0 Try Before You Buy Tools Used Better Conferences - Response Needed Roles in CoP's The science of learning Learning 2.0 How To Find The Best Free Image/Photo/Graphics Downloads For Your Blog Posts | Smackdown!

Cut and thrust

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Posted on the BERA blog , Peter Ford made the argument that unless academics and educationalists engage with classroom teachers on social media, they are in danger of being consigned to the periphery. Ford's argument is that currently, much of the cut and thrust of educational practice is played out on Twitter, Facebook, in blogs and other public online spaces. The 'have nots' and the 'cannots' are in Ford's words 'in danger of being sidelined'.

Learning comes first

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There are numerous examples of technology reshaping educational practices and creating new opportunities for the sharing of knowledge. Not only are MOOCs and other open, online learning opportunities challenging more established business models, they are also causing many of us to re-evaluate the way we teach, and to reconsider the very nature of knowledge, intellectual property, copyright, assessment and collaboration.

Going the extra mile

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I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The previous post highlighted issues around the theory of Communities of Practice, from the work of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger. In this post, I''m revisiting a well known and heavily used motivational theory - Maslow''s Hierarchy of Human Needs. Craik and Lockhart Levels of Processing 6.

Learning as dialogue

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Many of the earlier learning theories place the learner in splendid isolation. From the neo-behaviourist theories of Thorndike, Watson and Skinner, we were led to believe that learners respond to stimuli and make associations between the two, and that these links represent learning. This prompted new approaches in schools that included discovery learning and progressive curricula that neatly reflected Piaget''s stages of cognitive development model.

Iconoclasm 2.0

E-Learning Provocateur

Well, I figure that if I’m serious about the use of social media for collaborative learning and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, then I should do what I can to encourage participation. Steven Bradley provides an enjoyable review of some of the negative sentiment out there that’s brooding over social media icons. Like most things in life, this new iconoclasm can be divided into themes of quality and quantity. Do I practice what I preach?

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Who's in charge?

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In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The most recent post in this series featured spreading activation theory - a theory adapted from a hierarchical model of memory proposed by Ross Quillian and Allan Collins. In this post, I present a brief overview of Julian Rotter's locus of control theory. The theory explains social dimensions of personality. Craik and Lockhart Levels of Processing 6.

Reflections from May trip to Italy, UK, and Netherlands

Jay Cross

Photos. Two days of the trip were paid work: One day I keynoted the Learning Innovations and Quality Conference and participated in the launch of the International Council for Open Research and Education ( ICORE ) in Rome. I spent most of my time hanging out with five of the savviest people I know, on their home ground. When I started the trip, I planned to interview each of them in depth about today’s complex, dizzying world and make a book out of it.

Self fulfilling prophecies

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This is number 36 in my continuing series of blog posts about learning theories. Psychology has contributed much to our understanding of how people learn, and listed alphabetically below are all of the previous theories I have featured in this series. My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. It is important for teachers to realise that the potential impact of what they say and do can be profound.

Mobile learning and personal metrics

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It can be actuated via a smartphone or iPad, laptop or in-person, but access is constant–which in turn shifts a unique burden to learn on the shoulders of the student." Mobile devices also afford users the ability to annotate, organise and share content once they have found it, within their community of interest. measures) of understanding and ''performance of knowledge'' will be available."

Learning first, technology second

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Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. They see it as a means to engage learners, and as a way of making connections between school curricula and familiar territory. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.