ELC 002: Using Social Media For Learning



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In this conversation with, Jane Bozarth, PhD., we talk about how to use social media tools to implement a complete learning experience or to simply enhance online learning. Jane provides many actionable tips, innovative examples and common sense guidelines.

We discuss:

  • Benefits of using social media to learn
  • How social learning is different than social media learning
  • Why listening is a powerful tool
  • Challenges of using social media for learning
  • Examples of successful learning projects with social media
  • Criteria for using social media in an online learning experience
  • Easiest tools to use

TIME: 35 minutes


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  1. Rahul says

    Hi Connie! listening to Jane talking about using the social media for learning got me thinking… i do a lot of classroom training on Oracle Siebel CRM. Most of the topics are very technical, e.g. how to configure the software. I am going to suggest – to the management – to do a pilot for the upcoming class. Almost every college graduate in India these days has a cellphone and are on FB. These are the people who join my company (wipro Ltd.) and go thru 45 days of extensive training (Project Readiness Program, PRP). After the training these people are assigned projects and become a part of the $100 billion Indian IT insdustry.

    Here are my initial thoughts:

    1) Create a page on the FB which the instructor can moderate, and ask everyone to ‘like’ that page.
    2) publish the training program, topics, dates etc. to start with
    3) for each topic covered, start a discussion on the page, let the students comments and like and post related stuff (links etc.)
    4) weekly summary of the topics covered and a quiz
    5) weekly feedback and a Poll to make sure all on the same page
    6) Ask a student or a group to research on a topic on the web and post. Comments discussions will follow
    7) After the training is over and these people are allocated to various projects, get them back together to discuss the challenges they are facing in there work, what are the gaps, between what they learned and what is expected out of them in the projects etc.

    Am i making any sense?? I’m typing as things are coming to my mind.. too excited..

    waiting for your thoughts on this.. will this work? :( is FB the right social tool for this?


  2. Connie Malamed says

    Hi Rahul,
    This sounds like a feasible approach so why don’t you try a pilot with one or two groups? Then learn from this approach so you can continue to improve. You will need to give your instructors very specific instructions on how to do this.

    After the class is over, according to Jane, alumni will chat if they have a need to do so. The subject has to be something that they *want* to talk about. You will probably have to seed those discussions to keep people active at first. Good luck with this!



  1. […] Asynchronous learning is self-paced, accommodates a busy schedule, allows people to learn at their own pace, provides consistent instruction to very large audience sizes, and is available for review. It does have it’s weaknesses, however. There is no interaction with an instructor or peers, the content is fixed and doesn’t change with the interests and levels of the group and it is more expensive to develop. Best practice: use social media to provide pre- and post-interaction opportunities. For more best practices, check out my interview with Jane Bozarth: Using Social Media For Learning. […]

  2. […] Connie Malamed has an e-Learning podcast that I enjoy listening to, and on the second episode of her podcast, The E-Learning Coach, she has a guest who discusses the pitfalls I just mentioned as they relate to the use of social networking sites: http://theelearningcoach.com/podcasts/2/ […]

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