Social Media & Remote Learning
On April 19, I presented these slides before the Maine Chapter American Society for Training and Development. I focused on how to use social media to create remote learning programs. Below the slides is the text outline of the presentation.
Hi, I’m Carl, and I’m a blogger
Three things I need to explain:
- Journalism is like teaching
- Every one of my journalism jobs involved remote collaboration
- My job didn’t exist when I was in college. I learned it on my own.
Informal Learning vs. Formal Learning
Good story. Doesn’t work for everyone.
Can we use some of these elements in a more formal program?
What is social media?
- Email: Messages you can send 1-to-1 or 1-to-many
- Twitter.com: 140-character messages between people and crowds
- Facebook.com: Sharing content among real-life friends
- LinkedIn.com: Professional networking
- Quora.com: Question and answer forums
- Focus.com: Q&A forums with a focus on small business
Who would benefit from this training?
Strong communicators and classic self-starters who are team-oriented
Do they have the tools?
- Up to date computers
- Broadband Internet connections
- Right software
- Firewalls get in the way
Do they have the skills?
- Computer literacy
- Familiarity with the apps
What is their pace of learning?
- It’s going to be slower in remote classrooms
Can they learn on their own?
- Trainees don’t have support of classmates
Putting social media to work for trainers
- Phone conferencing: More information at http://linkd.in/dY2MVh
- Chat applications: More information at http://linkd.in/fwEgYb
- Webinars: More information at http://linkd.in/fUStb4
- Video conferencing: More information at http://linkd.in/fzttR3
- Virtual Classrooms
- Sophia.org for online lessons
- Learnable.com allows you to create courses and charge for them
- Udemy.com allows you to create courses and teach them live
- Knoodle.com mashes up video and presentation software for a fee
- Mindflash lets you schedule live presentations
- Slideshare.net: Post and share presentation slides
- Microblogging: Short updates that allow trainees to ask questions and discuss the lessons
Skills needed to use social media in training
- Public speaking and writing
- Presentation software
- Willing to learn
The problem with social media is that it’s very public
Not exactly what you want
Some tools give you some security and privacy
Can project management apps help?
Easier to reproduce training (Time Shifting)
Can you package and sell these programs?
Reputation and personal development
- Social learning & virtual classrooms for learning more and sharing knowledge
- Twitter for sharing resources
- LinkedIn for sharing knowledge and being found
- Quora for sharing knowledge
Distance is a barrier.
Need two elements to overcome & succeed