Using social media for eLearning (a look at the top 6 social platforms)


Social media have become an indispensable part of modern life. A huge part of our social lives already happens online rather than in the “real world”. And while individual social media networks might rise and fall (remember MySpace?), social networking itself is not going anywhere.

It makes sense then to want to use those powerful and hugely popular platforms for things besides posting cat videos or catching up with Alex from high school. And indeed, people already use them for things ranging from gaming down to email replacement and even disaster management. But how about using social media as vehicles for eLearning?

In this post we’ll go through the six most popular social media networks and evaluate their fitness for the task.
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Social networking & the workplace

Dan Pontefract’s recent blog post on companies (not) allowing Facebook at work has prompted me to dust off the topic of how social helps companies get the business of communicating, collaborating and learning done – and hence the business of business done! I’d like challenge a few misconceptions:

Enterprises consider social media only in terms of their potential as a marketing tool:

It’s obvious that social networking outlets such as Twitter and Facebook are channels through which enterprises can deliver information and engage customers with an unprecedented level of creativity and reach. What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. It’s in areas of the company such as knowledge management, innovation, communication, and better integration with the supply chain.”1

In the book New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media2, we are provided with real-world case studies and supportive research to demonstrate how social networking is helping employees learn, innovate, share knowledge and engage peers, business partners, and customers. In this ‘knowledge-building ecosystem’ people are at its core and information-transfer becomes a form of currency. “We need new ways to filter content, save information and learn from each other and our trusted sources,” write authors Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Continue reading

Competition Finalist 4: Top 10 Startup Social Media Curation Tools for Social Learning in the Workplace

This post was submitted by Duma Cornel Lucian.

1. Glogster Edu is my favorite curation and presentation tool and I am proud to be an Ambassador. This edu tool opens the gateway through knowledge for students because it develops children’s creativity and innovation . Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. GlogsterEdu empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more. I made a GlogsterEdu for Curation Restart Education Project here  Continue reading

Podcasting like a pro! (Part 2) – How to edit and publish your podcast recording

So you’ve gone through the steps of creating a podcast series and you have your first recording in hand. It’s now time to edit and publish your podcast for a professional result!

First step is to download Audacity & AoA Audio Extractor, and if you would like to use introductory and closing music you can find links to free resources in this post. Continue reading

Podcasting like a pro! (Part 1)

OK, so you’ve decided you’d like to create a podcast series. What next?

Once you’ve set up your blogging platform (I’m partial to WordPress which has great plugins for podcasts!), you’re ready to start creating content…

Let’s assume you are creating a podcast series for an organization – since a podcast series would logically be part of your company’s marketing strategy you must know exactly what you want to achieve by it. Your goal will be a deciding factor in driving the kind of content you will create.
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On joining the eFront community

After several years in social media / communications for new technologies, with a focus on the elearning industry (and of course, after having been an avid reader of the eFront blog myself!), I have now joined the eFront team. And I’m excited to be part of the eFront community!

I like blogging about social media, social learning, the future workplace, how culture affects learning, workplace collaboration,learning and talent management, innovation and disruptive technologies. I began my career in tertiary education, and then gravitated towards social media communications, blogging and community building. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with many innovative products in the eLearning industry, but eFront always stood out with its flourishing online community (and reasons listed below!).

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1000 eLearning Twitter Users Who Will Follow You Back

I love to tweet about topics such as e-Learning, educational technologies, instructional design, open source software, learning management systems, distance education. At the same time, I like to be followed by professionals that find my tweets valuable. The most of the times I follow them back. Recently I realized that several people that use Twitter and are involved in the e-Learning industry want to follow professionals with the above criteria.

As a result, I created the following list with 1000 Twitter users who will follow you back and are involved in the e-Learning industry!
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The most updated and informative eLearning community on Twitter

On Twitter exists a resourceful community of e-Learning professionals. During the last 2 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from this community of practice. As a result, I have created the following list of the most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter.By using this list you will:

  • save  time from making your own research to find the e-Learning professionals on Twitter,
  • have the chance to communicate directly with the e-Learning professional-(s) you want and discuss issues of your concern,
  • keep your self up-to-date by reading the tweets of the experts in the e-Learning field. Continue reading

Facebook for eLearning

Facebook objective is “to help you connect and share with the people in your life“. At the same time, Facebook is one of the fastest growing social networks that helps people communicate efficiently with their friends, families, coworkers, and classmates.

  • 50% of Facebook’s active users log on to Facebook in any given day.
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.

Some of them are your learners and they know how to use Facebook effectively! Using Facebook for e-Learning could inspire many of our students to learn. As a result, my question is how can we use Facebook for e-Learning? Continue reading