Practical Usage of Social Media for Formal Learning with Dan Steer (notes)

Notes from Dan Steer’s ASTD 2014 presentation on Practical Usage of Social Media for Formal Learning (M115)

  • This session was a lot of fun and I left with a lot of ideas
  • The audience had fun as well which made meeting new people easier and striking up conversations much easier
  • Dan reinforced my belief that you don’t want to overthink things—experimenting is okay
  • Don’t restrict your social media to “social networks” like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Dan defines social media (SoMe) as everything to do with Web 2.0 where you can share with people.
  • Not in a session on social learning, but rather resources + “PRACTICAL ideas you can implement today”

  • Not quite sure why I copied this definition: Learning is the acquisition and implementation of the required knowledge, skills, and attitude.

Tim Ferris => Minimum effective dose => doing the right thing in the right amount

  • Dan: Only do “in-class“ what MUST be done in-class
  • Dan: Do “out-of-class” what CAN be done out of class
  • Dan: Don’t do anything else

SoMe can be divided into 3 directions (note that not everyone gets involved in these):

  1. one to many (learning activity)
  2. many to one (getting stuff from people)
  3. many to many

Jane Hart @C4LPT breaks SoMe activities into four basic types:

  1. improving productivity (team productivity, personal productivity)
  2. Finding & using content (finding content, keeping up to date with new content)
  3. Joining & Building Networks and communities
  4. Creating & Sharing content (co-creating content, sharing linked, resources & ideas)

We have 3 important opportunities for learning: before, during, after

  • An example of something we could do before the classroom moment: encourage people to introduce themselves via social media so you don’t have to waste the first five minutes of class having neighbors introduce themselves
  • Dan’s session also used a collaborative tool during the session and a lot of SoME after the presentation

Walking the Talk - What Dan does:

  • Before: Dan films introductions for all of his sessions
  • Tip: He uses private videos (requires unique link) to see his session introductions.
  • Before: Dan encourages people getting to know each other (via web before sessions, This is many to many sharing)
  • Before & After: ‘Value of a youtube account, you can collect videos’ (that other people will find useful). ‘Collect things that you think are interesting, putting them in one place. Give people some pre-content to look at so you don’t have to cover things in a room that they could cover outside of the room.’
  • Before & After: ‘Cross pollination. Plant your seeds all over the place so people will see it everywhere.’
  • Lots more; not the fastest notetaker

  • Warning! Paraphrased: ‘Don’t use a tool (for example) like LinkedIn if your learners aren’t already on LinkedIn. Find out what they’re using and then use the training to push them to the platform they’re already on. This approach makes it easier for people to see the value in it. It’s not the tool that counts, it’s the activity. Get them to know each other.’

  • Remember game books like Choose Your Own adventure? Inkle Studios created a tool for creating interactive learning. Go forth and experiment!

  • Showed us how to use Gingko to create and customize (via selectively exporting) learning for your learner’s specific needs

More tools:

  • - polling during training (tried this in class and internet connectivity was an issue)
  • You can make your flip charts look awesome, reusable, and animated with Vine

    • Handy for sharing AFTER training
    • Tip: use illustrations that resemble what they’re about (example, integrate logo)
    • useful for building your brand if you do this
    • I’m going to try this
  • Use ChatterPIX to record 30 seconds and combine with a photo to make the person’s mouth move to your voice. Note to self, I need to create one of these with Dan Steer’s photo!
  • Virtual post-it note wall. Here’s one of Dan’s
  • Pearl trees is a social bookmarking in a mindmap layout. You can pick someone else’s pearl and place it on your own which encourages many to many learning.
  • Create a bookshelf using an Amazon tool. Shelfari (but you don’t get a commission when people click through to buy the book)

  • Encouraged us to go online (AFTER session learning) to look at his other slides and then we can contact him if we have any questions.

Three key takeaways:

  1. First find out what tools your learners use and then use that one
  2. Dan ‘Walked the talk’ before, during and after the session
  3. Dan’s pre-session videos motivated us to do our own that night.
  4. Have fun with it

Links: Dan Steer, @dan_steer

Additional ASTD 2014 Session Notes:

It is All in the Mind: Change the Way You Think About Change

Brief is Beautiful: Bite-Size Content and the New E-Learning

Transmedia Storytelling. A Hero’s Journey Through New Media

Practical Use of Social Media adds value to Formal Learning

The Power of Energy Microbursts for Increased Health and Performance


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