Social Networks

Clark Quinn

This week we looked at Social Networks. Here are some thoughts on this topic, especially thoughts around social networks for learning. Starting with Social Networking was a blessing and a curse. Social networks have a tendency to be a bit messy. Virginia Yonkers told us - I would like to know how to manage the information flows in social networks. How do we do this in the social network environment?

Too Many Social Networks?

Tony Karrer

I just read David Warlicks' post - I Just Don't Get it Yet â€" Social Networks where he discusses his recent experience with several Ning generated social networks including: I've joined Library 2.0 , School 2.0 , and Classroom 2.0. I have a personal page, just like my daughter's Facebook page. There is a forum, with some great conversations, but it's a forum. I've tried out several social network tools and have had a similar reaction.

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Online social networks, learning and viral expansion loops

Sticky Learning

I respond, 'well I'm becoming more and more interested in the use of social media and microblogging for learning', I then get puzzled looks that say, "too much time on your hands", "what is he talking about?" For me though I see a real role for social media as a platform for business learning. Social media - fad or forever? As I've used each of these I've been struck by how easily this format (social sites) could be used as a platform for business learning.

Why I left Linkedin

Saffron Interactive

A couple of months back I made the decision to delete my LinkedIn profile, a decision greeted with incredulity from all quarters. By “one”, Tom was referring to LinkedIn’s classification as a “social media” platform, lumped in with Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster and the rest. What sets LinkedIn apart is that it’s considered to be the professional network; a platform you can use to build your career, not your social life.

Why I left Linkedin

Saffron Interactive

A couple of months back I made the decision to delete my LinkedIn profile, a decision greeted with incredulity from all quarters. By “one”, Tom was referring to LinkedIn’s classification as a “social media” platform, lumped in with Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster and the rest. What sets LinkedIn apart is that it’s considered to be the professional network; a platform you can use to build your career, not your social life.

Establishing Connections on LinkedIn

eLearning Blender

Everybody talks about how great LinkedIn is so a while back I set up an account to see what everybody was talking about. So that raises the question; how do you establish connections on LinkedIn? After initially setting up the account, I did not revisit LinkedIn until recently reading a couple of articles praising linkedIn on Tony Karrer's blog. Now that I have joined the groups I need to dive into the forums and see what everybody is talking about.

I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. First it is good to know that many many online platforms offer similar functionality: a discussion forum, the possibility of personal pages, one page with the members, a document sharing tools, the ability to create subgroups and management tools for administrators. It feels like you are in the pub of this social network.

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING IS POWERING UP TODAY’S WORKPLACES

Learnnovators

Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory) “ The research isn’t heartening. Some of the questions we had in mind were: What benefits does social learning offer to workplaces of today? How will social learning evolve in the coming years?

Social LMS: The future of online education

Academy of Mine

But one of the critical features of any LMS must be an integrated “Social Platform” which is not just a nice to have feature but a “must have” for any modern LMS. Below are some of the features that make a Social LMS super powerful and effective for both teachers and students. The idea of a forum could be done in a couple of ways: a) Open Forum which allows any members to participate.

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Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services

Tony Karrer

I received a question this week related to Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank : I successfully launched a discussion forum for a small group of lending assistants within my bank. That forum is still up and running. Since that time, I have attempted to introduce the discussion forum tool to two other work groups within the bank but I have not been very successful.

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Questioning social media

Clive on Learning

The recent arrival of a new social network in the form of Google+ has given cause for reflection from some long-serving social media users and advocates. Cammy Bean describes how she has been Taking a TechFast to relieve her symptoms of SoMeFat (social media fatigue), which has been "heightened now with the additional disorder of Multiple Social Network Disorder (Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+ to keep up with!)." social networking social medi

Professional Services e-learning Forum meeting 14 March

From the Coleface

As an L&D professional working in one of the UK’s leading accountancy or legal firms, do you wonder how other firms are taking advantage of mobile and social technologies in L&D? That’s why I founded the Professional Services e-learning Forum. The main themes will be mobile and social. Also look out for the Professional Services e-learning Forum group on Linkedin.

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Engaging course alumni using Facebook: the case of Ruforum

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

To start with an interview with Carolyn Nandozi from Uganda about her experiences facilitating a facebook group for alumni. RUFORUM has done this using Facebook. RUFORUM is he Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 29 universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and was established in 2004. RUFORUM has a mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization.

How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 2

Your Training Edge

So you are ready to design your own massive open online course (MOOC) and you want to incorporate social media. Since then, social learning tools have exploded onto the market. At a minimum, most MOOCs today use discussion boards, blogs, and microblogs, and many have some kind of dedicated social network. One difference that affects the use of social media is the potential audience and the type of content. Facebook, aka social networking.

Paper Cuts

Learnnovators

This may have something to do with the age of my S4, but I recently read that Facebook is getting serious about resolution. I posted this conundrum to Reddit’s Google Cardboard subreddit and to one of LinkedIn’s virtual reality discussion groups, both in vain. Thankfully I stumbled upon this discussion thread in the Google Photos Forum about a different problem, for which Russ Buchmann refers to the Photosphere XMP Tagger app (not a Google app).

6 Social Media Platforms, and How to Use Them for Your E-Learning

LearnDash

Convinced social media is right for your online course? Social media isn’t for every course. That said, not every social media platform works the same way, and your first step in determining if it’s right for you probably involves a closer look at the options available. Here’s a quick guide through the top six social networks, and how you can use them as part of your online course. Facebook. LinkedIn. elearning social learning

BLOG: Summer Loving - What Were The Hot Topics at Learning Technologies Forum

Unicorn Training

Ask any three people at last month's Learning Technologies Summer Forum what the hottest topics in eLearning were and you would probably get three different answers. Lynda's recent purchase by LinkedIn for a staggering $1.6bn is the most dramatic sign of the times.This trend has important implications for LMSs too.Recognised eLearning expert and thought leader, Craig Weiss, has been predicting the rise of video learning for some time.

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They’re not like us

E-Learning Provocateur

We share knowledge on Twitter, contribute to discussions on LinkedIn, read books, write blogs, comment on blogs, subscribe to industry magazines, share links to online articles, watch videos, and participate in MOOCs. Or a discussion forum that supports an inhouse training program: 1% of the participants will fall short of the critical mass that is required to develop a rich, diverse and meaningful discussion.

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Simple Way To Market Your Course

LearnDash

What about Facebook Ads? LinkedIn advertising? Specifically, your digital signature in emails, forums, and other social networks. Don’t just put a link to your website – get creative to entice the “click” just as you would if you were creating a Facebook ad. If you are part of online forums related to your course industry (you should be!) then include the same signature for all of your forum posts.

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3 Ways To Sell Your Courses

LearnDash

Participate in these forums and include a link to your course in your signature. These can be standalone forums or on social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn groups, This is easier than blogging because you don’t need to think of articles, but the potential reach is also not as great as it is for blogging. While there are many places to pay for ads, it’s probably best to start with Facebook as it has an active audience and has been proven.

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Promoting Social Learning

eLearning Blender

You've got the cool new informal or social learning tool up and ready to go now you're ready for the masses to arrive and start using it. Then comes the harsh reality that it is hard work promoting the use of informal or social media tools within an organization. So, what are some ways to encourage the use of social media tools that are obviously beneficial to the workforce? I recently implemented a Wiki and discussion forums for different uses.

How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

They can turn to Blogs, wikis, social networks, video sites, etc. External discussion forums in the form of Facebook or LinkedIn groups, Reddit discussions, etc. Learners today are presented with a wealth of choices and opportunities for learning. to find learning content. The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. How much stuff is out there?

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The Smart Worker : relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues

Jane Hart

A recent article in the WebWorker Daily, Supporting milennials in the workplace , pointed out: “One interesting characteristic of Millenials … is that they tend to rely on their own resources and network of friends or colleagues to try and solve problems before going down the official support path.&#. For many people, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now Google+ have become important parts of their personal and professional lives in this respect.

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How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 2

Your Training Edge

So you are ready to design your own massive open online course (MOOC) and you want to incorporate social media. Since then, social learning tools have exploded onto the market. At a minimum, most MOOCs today use discussion boards, blogs, and microblogs, and many have some kind of dedicated social network. One difference that affects the use of social media is the potential audience and the type of content. Facebook, aka social networking.

How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 2

Your Training Edge

So you are ready to design your own massive open online course (MOOC) and you want to incorporate social media. Since then, social learning tools have exploded onto the market. At a minimum, most MOOCs today use discussion boards, blogs, and microblogs, and many have some kind of dedicated social network. One difference that affects the use of social media is the potential audience and the type of content. Facebook, aka social networking.

The Next Generation Learning Experience

Coorpacademy

This year’s event featured such diverse and thought-provoking speakers as Josh Bersin , Thought Leader and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Gordon Fuller , Chief Learning Officer at IBM and Jon Addison , Head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn. The World Economic Forum told us that over a third of the skills (35%) considered important in the workplace were expected to be entirely different by 2020.

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Ways to Give Back to ELearning

LearnDash

This can be done in a LinkedIn group, response to a blog comment, or as a forum reply. Put a link to this course anywhere you exist online (in your email signature, forum signature, social networks, etc.). One of the things that makes the elearning industry so fantastic is how people are so eager to get involved and contribute something back to the community.

How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

They can turn to Blogs, wikis, social networks, video sites, etc. External discussion forums in the form of Facebook or LinkedIn groups, Reddit discussions, etc. Learners today are presented with a wealth of choices and opportunities for learning. to find learning content. The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. How much stuff is out there?

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ROE Tips for Your Association’s Online Community

Association eLearning

Ben Martin, Chief Engagement Officer at Online Community Results, explains that “every social media and community manager should be prepared for the day that “the powers that be” question your organization’s ROI from social technologies — and potentially the ROI of your continued employment with the organization. It will be far more compelling to point to dollars and cents than respond with social media dogma like “What’s the ROI of your mother?”

Should You Use Social Media in Your Course?

LearnDash

A look at the advantages, disadvantages, and underlying purpose of social media in the classroom. Social media is among the most prominent of these resources , and there’s a strong temptation for many online educators to find creative ways to use it in their course. However, social media isn’t for everyone—or every course. A quick break down the pro’s and con’s, shows us the following: Key advantages of social media include: User familiarity. elearning social learnin

How to start an online school in 2020 [An Ultimate guide]

Pinlearn

Start online campaigns, be active in forums, spread the good word on social media, organize contests, announce the names of winners, congratulate them, and give them free e-books. Your website should have enough navigational and social features.

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Increase Course Performance with These 7 Tips for Bite-Sized eLearning

Docebo

Use Social Media To Your Advantage. Your modern learners are already using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube on a daily basis. So, why not use that to your advantage by incorporating social media into your microlearning strategy. If you give it some thought, social networking sites are actually the perfect complement to bite-sized eLearning. Social media sites can be used to create bite-sized eLearning content.

Build a Network to Grow Course Sales

LearnDash

Leverage Your Network. If you are just started out with your elearning business then the easiest way to get started is to tap into your network. The beauty of a personal and professional network is that you can build it prior to even creating your course content. This takes more than connecting with people via social media. However, a network is only worth as much as you put into it. Participate in forums related to your niche.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

Tom Werner, Chief Research Officer, Brandon Hall [link] LMSs are adding social features – including RSS feeds, peer ratings of content. Social media allow: Conversations to continue after training Peer-to-peer interaction in groups – so learners can continue to learn Find individualized answers (by approaching instructors and fellow learners) Share your own content Makes training more efficient Can shorten formal training, because the conversation continues. social social media

How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

They can turn to Blogs, wikis, social networks, video sites, etc. External discussion forums in the form of Facebook or LinkedIn groups, Reddit discussions, etc. Learners today are presented with a wealth of choices and opportunities for learning. to find learning content. The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. How much stuff is out there?

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