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Social Media and Social Learning

The Challenge of Social Media

Issues regarding personal privacy, when using cloud-based social media in higher education, are interpreted in the Province of BC through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FIPPA) laws.

The Opportunity of Social Media

In education, in general, and at Royal Roads University, where the Learning and Teaching Model is all about technology-enabled teamwork and experiential learning, we support the integration of social learning theory-and-practice, with cloud-based social media.

The Intersection of Social Media and Social Learning

"Social media is technology used to engage three or more people.
Social learning is participating with others to make sense of new ideas.
What’s new is how powerfully they work together."

Marcia Connor, The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media

Social Learning...

  • Amplifies learning through the use of social networks, by putting the learner at the center of people, experts, information, resources and new communities, repositioning learning from “in-the-class” to “out-into-the-world”
  • Uses social media tools to connect with others and to create digital stuff (e.g. videos, blogs, journals, communities-of-practice)
  • Strengthens teamwork through the development of community-produced content, which enhances collaboration and improves communication
  • Encourages access to expertise outside the individual’s traditional sphere, sparking innovation, leveraging connections, illustrating the “Strength of Weak Ties
  • Fosters collective knowing, introducing new perspectives; reframing collective knowledge
  • Includes both “listening” and “talking” - Jakob Nielsen’s 1-9-90 Rule applies in most online Communities-of-Practice (CoPs) and social learning communities
    • 90% of participants don’t contribute, though they find value in what they read and observe;
    • 9% add to existing discussions;
    • 1% create the content and give the community food-for-thought.
    • This is how Twitter seems to work for many of us – listening and synthesizing has value.

Resources about social media, social learning and online communities-of-practice (CoPs)

2014 NMC Horizon Report: Growing Ubiquity of Social Media (Fast Trend: Driving changes in higher education over the next 1-2 years). The research behind the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition is jointly conducted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.

New Culture of Learning

Communities-of-practice and social learning systems

Handbook of Social Learning:

Social Working Practices

Social learning and Organizational Change

The Social Economy

Social Media meets Instructional Design