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TweetDeck. Learning Circles. There is a huge volume of free, high-quality learning courses available online, but completion rates for online learning remain around 5%, and learning materials are often inaccessible to individuals who are not computer savvy. In an effort to make the rewards of online learning materials accessible to a wider audience, P2PU has developed a social wrapper for online learning, allowing groups of individuals to come together and meaningfully engage with online educational resources in an empowering, peer learning environment.

With funding from the Knight Foundation News Challenge, P2PU and Chicago Public Library pioneered Learning Circles: lightly-facilitated study groups for adult learners who want to take online courses together at their local library. We worked with 11 branches, delivering 17 Learning Circles in topics including HTML/CSS (Udacity), public speaking (Coursera), and preparation for the Registered Nurse licensing exam (Khan Academy).

While you’re waiting for the guide: Medium. Twitterfeed.com : feed your blog to twitter. Understanding “New Power” We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated. There are those who cherish giddy visions of a new techno-utopia in which increased connectivity yields instant democratization and prosperity. The corporate and bureaucratic giants will be felled and the crowds coronated, each of us wearing our own 3D-printed crown.

There are also those who have seen this all before. Things aren’t really changing that much, they say. Both views are wrong. Old power works like a currency. New power operates differently, like a current. The battle and the balancing between old and new power will be a defining feature of society and business in the coming years. New Power Models Old power models tend to require little more than consumption. Sharing and shaping. Funding. Castles. Frameworks for understanding the nature of interactions, networking, and community in a social networking site for academic practice | Conole.

Special Issue - Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning Grainne Conole, Rebecca Galley, and Juliette Culver Open University, United Kingdom Abstract This paper describes a new social networking site, Cloudworks, which has been developed to enable discussion and sharing of learning and teaching ideas/designs and to promote reflective academic practice. The site aims to foster new forms of social and participatory practices (peer critiquing, sharing, user-generated content, aggregation, and personalisation) within an educational context. One of the key challenges in the development of the site has been to understand the user interactions and the changing patterns of user behaviour as it evolves.

The paper explores the extent to which four frameworks that have been used in researching networked learning contexts can provide insights into the patterns of user behaviour that we see in Cloudworks. Introduction Co-Evolution of Tools and Practices Communities of Inquiry. How Do You Get to Know Your Virtual/Online Students? Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom. Remember feeling nervous before starting your first day on the job? You may have experienced butterflies in your stomach, had questions about expectations, or concerns about learning the rules and finding information. Students feel the same way with a new professor, regardless if the class is face-to-face or online. With technology, you can reduce new-class jitters and get your students on track for success. According to José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, students are comfortable (and even expect) constant e-communication.

Recording weekly video announcements To begin, create a weekly video announcement that best suits your students. Prime each weekly announcement by describing the objectives of the current week in a minute or less and highlights the location of the current week’s assignments along with relevant resources. Finally, do not be afraid to have a sense of humor. Formula for Success: Building Community: Laying The Foundations for Success Online.

What is the Value of Social Presence in Online Learning? Student Voices: What makes an online class feel more human? Online_ Discussions_10_reasons_OLI.docx. 7 Tips On How To Use Forums In eLearning. Engeström, Y. (2007) From Communities of Practice to Wildfire Activities and Mycorrhizae. Webcast of lecture | The Open CETL.

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Linked in. 5: Social Learning strategies. This is the fifth Chapter of the Social Learning Handbook 2011, a new version is now available SOCIAL LEARNING HANDBOOK 2014 . Now that “social learning” is becoming a hot topic, organizations are beginning to consider how they can implement or operationalize it. We have already seen that social media is a very different beast from normal enterprise tools, particularly because it is being used at the grass roots rather than being implemented top-down by the organization.

Social tools are not only changing the way that we think about “learning” but also how we apply them. This then begs the question, what is the best way to implement social learning within an organization? Top down versus bottom up approaches The traditional way of implementing any new trend or technology – we have seen it with e-learning and the LMS – is to do this top-down. Those who looking to implement social learning in the traditional way, will probably be asking questions like this: 2 – Autonomy is a powerful motivator. Charles Jennings | Workplace Performance: Less is more: A different approach to L&D in a world awash with information.

This post appeared on the TrainingZone.co.uk site last month. I’ve re-posted it here for people who don’t choose to register on the TZ website. Charles Jennings argues that the adage 'access to knowledge is power' is more fitting in today's information-swamped world. "In 2009, more data will be generated by individuals than in the entire history of mankind through 2008.

Information overload is more serious than ever. " Andreas Weigend, former chief scientist at Amazon.com writing in the Harvard Business Review, May 2009 Andreas Weigend knows a thing to two about data and the social data revolution, about its impact on business and its role in information overload. Social data Social data is information produced by anyone.

"Being able to find just the right information or source of knowledge at the just right time in the just right context is far more useful than recalling something we’ve learned some time ago and hoping it is still relevant and 'right'. " Implication for L&D: Less is more.