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February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 116

Learning With Social Media Tools

Social media tools play an important role in developing the knowledge of the social learning. If we are going deep into the sense of the world, learning was mostly social, as the educational stages were exclusively accomplished through learning together with the others. On the other hand social learning means more than listening together the words of a qualified teacher; it means interaction and the capacity to learn together with the others through dialogue and open debate.

Applied to the new e-Learning technologies, the social learning theories means that instead of passively listening to a recorded lesson you can interact directly with the other participants to the virtual classroom. During the class, the system may allow you to fully interact with the other participants and with the teacher, via the chat system. In this way, you are getting completely engaged in the process and together with you, all the other participants, including the teacher, are learning too.

Through your connections made in the classroom you can freely continue your discussions on the topics of interests. The saying goes that great minds think alike, but from the point of view of social learning, it is extremely important to find people with whom to think together.

Even in some cases it is not possible to directly interact with the environment, you need to take the full advantage of the participation to your class. In this case, you need to use the forums and chats discussing topics of interest to you. A good educational platform is providing not only valuable lessons delivered by qualified teachers, but also a substantial bibliography of resources useful for improving the knowledge.

Sharing is caring so an important tool provided with the help of the social learning methodologies is the idea of changing the immediate environment by collaboration and dialogue.

The current learning platform are permanently refined in order to guarantee a proper balance between informal and formal education, personal perspective on knowledge and social dimension of the learning process. You enter the global conversation by commenting blog posts, or sharing files or entering your thoughts about various events.

Social learning means also an eclectic way of combining the tools offered by the current social media tools in order to deliver quality learning. Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Zoho, StumbleUpon, Skype are only few of the most used tools for share and discuss learning. There are free, easy to use and with an enormous potential to support the development of communities sharing the same interests.

Data privacy and security are important elements that the social learning structures are equally taking into consideration, by the creation of systems able to select and organize the data while respecting the highest security standards.

Social learning is still a work in process and spontaneous and interesting evolutions are expected in the next years and even months.

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