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Teaching Collaboratively with Social Media Part 2

March 9, 2011

In Part 1 recapping an ILTA webinar I co-presented with Natalie Huha, Learning Services/User Support Manager at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP., we explored the definition of social learning. You shared that individuals are the heart of social learning. Part 2 in the series focuses on the question…what are social learning technologies?

It is important to understand it is not the technology that makes social learning “social.” Learning has always had a social component as learners came together in classrooms and conference rooms and conversed before class, during breaks and in post-classroom conversations. The content and subject, however, was driven by the instructor and a planned outline. Social Media technology allows us to communicate with each other in different venues and different ways. It meets learner expectations of anywhere, anytime.

The graphic below is an example of forms of communication and social media tools that can be utilized. 

During the presentation, a Twitter conversation was running parallel and you shared that mobile will become the great equalizer. Many of you tweeted about the possibilities of social bookmarking, podcasts and video for social learning in law firms. With Facebook, Twitter and other public sites often blocked in firms and companies, internal enterprise versions are being developed to address security and ethical concerns of public sites. As we continue to realize the benefits of social learning, we will continue to see social media tools evolve.

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Next post, we’ll discuss the question: What’s really happening in firms?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Maritta permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:55 pm

    love your two posts on this – thank you!! awesome summary 🙂


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