As mentioned in my previous post, I’m currently working with a group of (mainly) post-secondary educators in an “Instructional Skills Workshop – Online” course as a sort of Web 2.0 cheerleader. The group is showing lots of interest in social media, but also some skepticism.
So this publication, very research-based and very supportive of Web 2.0 as a factor in both creativity and lifelong learning is just what I was looking for as a solid rationale for use of the new tools. And of course I found this through my own social media sources (my PLN), in this case, via Twitter (thanks @carlosjmedina).
One important finding in the report is the way in which informal learning through social media is outpacing the use of such media in formal situations. My thoughts on this are that even the most radical ideas (like Seth Godin’s meltdown posting) need to be considered because there is a real risk that students and employers will find traditional institutions (and credentialing processes) to be less and less relevant if those institutions don’t embrace the tools that are becoming ubiquitous outside of their walls.
So here’s the title, author and link information:
Learning 2.0 – The Impact of Social Media on Learning in Europe. Policy Brief
Authors: Christine Redecker, Kirsti Ala-Mutka and Yves Punie
Publication date: 3/2010
Here’s a quote from the abstract.
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS research suggests that social media can contribute to enhancing and innovating learning and teaching opportunities by supporting learning and professional development in a lifelong learning continuum; by contributing to equity and inclusion; and by improving the quality and availability of their learning material. Social media furthermore encourage more active and pro-active approaches to learning; open up new sources for information; and support collaboration between learners and teachers.
The findings indicate that learning strategies that make use of social media can contribute to innovation in Education and Training in Europe by facilitating technological, pedagogical and organisational innovation. These learning strategies can also help address the four strategic challenges of European Education and Training policies in the years leading up to 2020, thus contributing to the modernisation of Education and Training in Europe
And here are some very relevant bullet points from p.8 of the document itself:
IPTS research findings (Redecker et al., 2009) indicate that Learning 2.0 gives rise to
technological innovation in Education and Training by:
• increasing the accessibility and availability of learning content;
• providing new formats for knowledge dissemination, acquisition and management;
• allowing for the production of dynamic learning resources and environments of high
quality and interoperability;
• embedding learning in more engaging and activating multimedia environments;
• supporting individualised learning processes by allowing learner preferences to be
accounted for; and
• equipping learners and teachers with versatile tools for knowledge exchange and collaboration, which overcome the limitations of face-to-face instruction.
Learning approaches using social media furthermore promote pedagogical innovation by encouraging teaching and learning processes that are based on personalisation and
And I guess I’d like to know whether this is inspiring or overwhelming.