Merging social media, mobile learning, MOOC options

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Presentation given during the Learning Solutions conference 2014. It focuses on different learning affordances, organizational and learner challenges and solutions related to social media, mobile learning and MOOCs and suggests options to combine all these training technologies to come to a seamless learning environemt.


<ul><li> 1. Inge Ignatia de Waard MERGE MOBILE WITH MOOC TO OPTIMIZE YOUR ONLINE TRAINING </li></ul><p> 2. CONNECT: BACKCHANNEL AND SLIDES Share questions, remarks, ideas through TodaysMeet DURING SESSION or later today: (simply add your name/twitterID and write 140 character message at a time) will answer with pleasure! Slides of this session can be viewed here: 3. OVERVIEW: WHAT TO EXPECT? A look at mobile learning, social media for learning and MOOC, each time looking at A starting case What type of learning that EdTech can address Organizational and learner challenges &amp; solutions Wrap up: merging suggestions for optimal strategy Links to further reading/information A backchannel for discussion/questions 4. CASE 1: THE MACGYVER WAY 5. SOCIAL MEDIA BASED LEARNING? Social media covers a vast amount of tools, which are all based on sharing. Sharing daily moments from life, sharing professional insights, reaching out, helping out, putting our knowledge out there (but as Jane Bozarth said it not everyone participates equally and that is okay). Mostly: in the Cloud &amp; ubiquitous! 6. IS IT NEW? DATING BACK TO Around the campfire dialogues and narratives Which is why social media took the world by storm: it feels NATURAL 7. HUMAN = DIALOGUE = NARRATIVE CONNECTING WITH OTHERS Lifelong Learning + latest knowledge + Global &amp; Local network Like what we do right here, right now: F-2-F + virtual 8. WHAT TYPE OF LEARNING ? Informal learning (made famous by Jay Cross) On demand learning (see MacGyver case) Networked learning (professional and private networks) learning from peers (e.g. #lrnchat, or look here for weekly twitter chats) Collaborative learning through group work 9. ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGE Learners must be willing to learn through social media start simple: e.g. curated info Which tools to pick? Social media tools must be accessible in-house (no firewall) Understand the learning/training affordances of each social media family (social network, micro-blogging, blogging) 10. ORGANIZATIONAL SOLUTIONS Learning strategy: pinpoint your need for social media learning, understand learning affordances of social media and embed ONLY what will be useful for learning Keep it simple: step-by-step approach &amp; start integrating social media meaningfully as part of the workflow. Draw up a transparent social media policy and provide guidelines for using social media (e.g. look at Volvos Social Media guidelines for employees): IP, copyright, privacy, security Ask what people are using already (incorporate those) AND locate champions in-house ask them to take the lead in getting their peers involved for that part of learning (learn from experienced peers) Which social media can be connected to your LMS? Get IT and corporate policy onboard (e.g. use private social media) 11. SOME SOCMED LEARNING AFFORDANCES Overview can be found in google drive document here. Curating content Pinterest, ScoopIt, Curating content for learners, employees. You can bundle topics, and disseminate the best articles. Consuming new information Lifelong learning Becoming an active, critical content producer Multimedia sharing Video (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, Qi k). Audio (e.g. Skype) Pictures (e.g. Instagram, Flickr) Sharing visuals, audio and/or movies to give others an in-depth view on what is happening. Ideal: for getting the learner to really share their own real-life experiences. Sharing videos, pictures and/or audio also allows people to construct learning snippets and share those with others. Extra: geotagging, sharing the location of the object of the video, audio or picture that is shared. This metadata can later be used for additional learning tracks. Collaboration. Lifelong learning. Informal learning. Authentic learning. Becoming active, critical content producer. 12. LEARNER CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS Building a personal learning network: no network, no benefits Digital skills: through in-house training, or point them to MOOCs or module on subject (e.g. Personal Knowledge Management course in 40 days by Harold Jarche) Character: Big 5 personality traits and achievement paper 13. IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? Digital literacy is essential in this information age connecting is growing (critical, social) Peers support each other, and know the workplace, the real challenges By connecting through social media, the Community of Practitioners is strengthened Social media tools are free, most people use them in some way or other Wenger framework evaluating 14. KEY POINTS Main idea: Add social media if your learners can benefit from dialogue for learning. Additional points: Integrate it into your training environment: e.g. choose an LMS with social media options Make sure that what is learned is captured at a training environment location (e.g. learning logs with pictures) Have a ready made list of social media options and affordances Most social media are mobile (next step) 15. CASE 2: THE SUAVE COMMUTER WAY 16. MOBILE LEARNING? "learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices" (Helen Crompton). Both the learning instruments as the learners can be mobile. 17. WHICH TYPE OF LEARNING? MOBILE = LEARNING TREASURE TROVE! Mobiles can offer learning that no other technology has: Augmented learning: providing a virtual layer of information on top the real world (free book) Mobiles have specific extra technology (see brief overview chapter 9): build-in audio recorder (e.g. pronunciation feedback in language courses) GPS: locate nearby peers (e.g. foursquare) Sensors provide new learning opportunities (e.g. EKG/pulse, temperature) Quantified self hardware (examples) 18. MOBILE LEARNING EXTRAS CONT. Use of mobile apps: specific (e.g. language, sales updates, but also community: sport through quantified self company teams) Location based learning (GPS): depending on the region, other content can be provided (report info here) Spaced learning: what is learned, must be refreshed for long-term memory (e.g. sales procedure talks) Instant contextualized content creation (e.g. ask engineers to take pictures of new challenges and how they solve it) connect it to training environment page Build on mobile social media learning: add mobile content creation to it =&gt; enhanced peer learning. 19. ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES &amp; SOLUTIONS Support the learner Provide links to useful apps (e.g. ask for peers sharing through designated #twitter) Provide bite-size content (clearly indicating time investment for easy planning, make a mobile learning page) Create BYOD strategy and guidelines (for development, roll-out and training) Create seamless learning (Learning solutions article) Look here for ideas on durable, scalable mLearning 20. KEY POINTS Mobile learning offers an new array of learning opportunities Content needs to mobile enabled (preferably develop for mobile) Mobile learning fits social media and increases social media interactions Learners from all regions (North/South/rural/urban) can reach your content 21. CASE 3: LONG-TERM CAREER/TRAINING WAY 22. WHAT TYPE OF LEARNING? MOOCs take more time versus mobile/social learning =&gt; modules (couple of weeks) between full curriculum and workshop Lifelong learning journey: the learner chooses Career planning (e.g. link it to in-house certification) Leisure learning (e.g. the new documentary viewing) dip in/jump out learning 23. WHAT MAKES MOOC SPECIAL? Not much really, but understanding the new options and their opportunities/challenges is crucial for getting it right Massive - Scale: up until MOOC elearning resided mainly behind paid walls =&gt; free meant more learners Openness higher ed paid walls implied intellectual property (closed) everyone can now scrutinize the content/training approaches you provide for their quality Online mobile and/or web connectivity (it fits nicely) The Web is everywhere, attracting global, international learners Digital skills are important = social media learning Corporate and non-profit options increased by international reach Increased dialogue: previously elearning provided interactions between learners, using basic tools. MOOC open up an array of dialogues between all actors (learners, tutors, coordinators alike) again social media, networking, lifelong learning and communication skills are added to learning/teaching skills. 24. MOOC RANGE? X(MOOC) C(onnectivist) MOOC Transformative pedagogy, expert to learner, multimedia content fixed and provided, classic assignments, discussions between peers. Constructivist/connectivist pedagogy, distributed knowledge, peer-to-peer, media produced and evaluated by learners, open badges informal certification, variety of dynamics between peers, new networks. Coursera. Udemy, Khan Academy, EdX, Iversity,, Change.mooc George Siemens and Stephen Downes But also other options Closed to public / in-house only Open to public Formal Informal Tutor supported learning Learner autonomy As MOOC research and experiences grow, an array of best options will emerge. 25. ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES Do you need a MOOC? Otherwise point towards useful MOOCs and discuss those with your learners. If you want a MOOC, have a look here (MOOC basics and template) Where do you put your MOOC? Using a platform or not? Planning learning approaches 26. MOOC IN/OUT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Where do you see it? As an add-on (converting eLearning?) As a stand-alone (e.g. promotion, continued professional development) Do you have preferred embed options? For a specific audience (e.g. sales, engineers)? To reach new audiences? Using existing LMS or tools? Peer knowledge exchange or expert push? (top-down, grassroots, equal sharing?) 27. LMS, MOOC PLATFORM OR MASH-UP? (DEPENDS ON BUDGET AND HR - LATER) You will use your existing LMS . The good: you and your learners are familiar with it, security in place, design issues known, interesting for internal use. Bad: not good for promoting new services to the public, not necessarily ideal in terms of instruction design options. You will roll out your course on an existing MOOC platform The good: you can use what has worked for others, there is a strong marketing for your course through the platforms data banks (registered users), you know what you get. The bad: you need to work with the tools that are offered, sometimes you need to pay a big amount of money or move into a partnership deal some are free though and good, the learning is defined by the platform options, not necessarily aligning with what you have in mind. (BTW keep an eye out: EdX+Google) You want to build your MOOC platform from existing open code. Use the knowledge and developers expertise of others (e.g. CourseBuilder by Google ( builder ), OpenEdX code from the xConsortium ( ) , MechanicalMOOC by P2PU ( ), OpenMOOC by a European partnership: ). The good: the code has been tested, there is a community to fall back on. The bad: you need IT experience in house, there might be bugs, you can add to the source code. You want to create a mash-up. The good: you can get what you want and really custom build all the online interactions. The bad: it will be a steep learning curve, it might result in a big budget need but does not have to. 28. Some big MOOC platforms Mobile option Learners (Nov 13) Region URL some specifics Alison Mobile in parts 1 million Europe Certified learning Canvas Network Apps 4,5 million North America Coursera Apps 5,2 million North America Signature track EdX Mobile in parts 1,6 million North America Eliademy Fully mobile, even producing content Not found Europe Works with Moodle FutureLearn Fully mobile New: 20.000 Europe Iversity Mobile unclear New: 220.000 Europe Khan academy Mobile in parts 15 million Asia OpenLearning Mobile unclear Not found Australia actively uses gamification P2P university Mobile unclear 160.000 (?) North America Udacity Mobile in parts 1,6 million North America Udemy Apps 400.000 North America 29. DO YOU NEED TO SET UP A MOOC? NO! You can build a MOOC track and offer it to your learners: e.g. leadership MOOC, Googles PowerSearch MOOC, You can even direct them to these MOOC, and offer a certification assignment that can be used inside your organization for career development (grey area!) Evaluate your learners participation, learn your MOOC options 30. RETHINKING EXISTING TRAINING Once you found your MOOC angles, rethink your learning architecture: Analyse target groups: which levels of expertise, how do they learn, is there content for them (Open Educational Resources (OER), their expertise) Provide diverse learning activities: personal, collaborative, authentic, peer-to- peer, tutor led, eMentorship (fit to the type of learner: knowledge worker/hands-on worker) Education moves from fixed and one-time in life, to mobile and lifelong =&gt; digital and learning skill needs Use the flipped classroom approach: provide Open Educational Resources (OER) prior to the actual training (e.g. OER online, training face-to-face) 31. LEARNER CHALLENGES New learning format demands new self-regulated learning capacities e.g. coping with abundance Digital skills are important in MOOC: personal learning network, but not necessary perse MOOCs bring along time and planning challenges (what can you provide in terms of training hours or support?) 32. SELF DIRECTED LEARNING (SDL) IN MOOC Self-directed learning: the (adult) learner takes action to optimize their learning by using technology, peer connections (in-course and external, social media), reflection, (self-)assessments, ... Ongoing research at The Open University of United Kingdom (some results in probation report here). 33. SDL: MAPPING FACTORS AND ZONES Known Learning zone Technology: (AS)TAM AODM Learner Generated Contexts Digital skills Personal traits: motivation, socio-political, identity, Big Five Prior knowledge Experience Education SDL skills Learning management capacity Possible SDL Learning zone Cfr More Able Partner concept related to Zone of Proximal Development No Learning zone /wide gap 34. THE STRETCH IN MOOC LEARNING Known Self Peers (Too) far frontier 35. MAPPING SDL MOOC TERRITORY Overall learning TELearning (mobile, online) MOOC learning Prior knowledge (Mobile) Seamless Learning Learning analytics as...</p>