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October 22, 2012

Starting out

First thing, excuse the typing. I am using my iPad for the, so who knows what type of words are going to pop up here

Been an interesting day so far. I thought I was going to focusing on video, but the social aspect of learning seems to be taking over. Som interesting points...

If you tell people that they must collaborate, the often stop altogether. The truth is that if you build it they will not come, This seems to be the overwhelming experience of those doing social learning. Also, the social learning I am seeing is really just about supporting communities of practice...not what I would call real social learning.

A tip is to find what activities drive people together and then leverage these activities to give social learning some direction,

One. Many here is tying social kearning to the organizational competences. I found this very interesting and think that this may be a good entry point for social learning at Michigan. Do someing like this.

- here are the competences
- here is some info about them
- support the communities
- keep the conversation about the org competencies open
- ask people to comment
- minimally moderate it
- mine for content

Also learned about MOOCs (massive open online courses)

I think these are something we need to look at...more about this later...a session starting.

Posted by rasober at October 22, 2012 11:02 AM


Hey, this is timely for me. MCIT is trying to standardize SLAs and the SLA process. It is being rolled out to Business Analysts who are responsible for creating and maintaining. I was going to throw a discussion board in there and post all my content on the discussion boards.

So I would say I've already given the competencies and the info on them. Now how do I support the community?

By the way, you've always been a shitty typist so the opening caveat is pretty much a given.

Posted by: malayang at October 22, 2012 11:38 AM

I think that there has to be something in it for them. If people have something to gain from the conversation, then they will participate. I think that this has been a downfall in the past. We put content out there and think folks will be participating in the discussion...yet they do not.

What I am hearing today is that the learner need has to drive things. If it is your need and not the learners, then there isn't much that you can do about it.

Wisdom used to be that you needed to create a business need to support social learning...then participation will happen...the truth is that regardless of business need, you have to create a learner (participant) need...only then will the social aspect flourish.

Posted by: rasober at October 22, 2012 01:20 PM

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