I enjoyed reading Self as Locus of Learning by Ruth and here are my further questions and comments about education and learning in social media.
Would adult learners find it more enjoyable to learn with their “peers” in social media/networks/space?
I think adult learners enjoy learning with their “peers” in social media or networks. I suppose adult learners would appreciate their peers as their “equals” in the network and so won’t be too worried about their own mistakes, their voices with personal reflections based on thinking aloud, their “half-baked” or “not yet thoroughly thought or tried out” ideas. This is especially important if their peers treat them as learning partners of the community, and would therefore likely lend a helping hand as needed.
What would be an ideal learning (under an open and online education environment) for you?
The ideal learning in open/online adult/higher education for me would be those based on an open, flexible, co-created and negotiated curriculum/courses, with lessons or sessions integrated with VLE/PLE/N that could suit my needs (interests, job/tasks/career plans or aspirations, research, leisure study, games collaboration, projects/problem based learning).
What are the benefits of networked learning to learners and educators?
By supporting and encouraging networkers (both educators and learners) to share and network with others through media in more creative and novel ways, learners and educators would be able to experiment with different technologies and media, different teaching and learning pedagogies, tools and techniques, which could help them in advancing their learning together to a higher level. This would also help them to solve problems at work and develop new and innovative ways of thinking and working.
What is in it for adult networkers?
I suppose such “adult education” with less restrictive rules & controls would better unleash learners’ potential, so they could explore beyond their domains and cross pollinate their ideas with networkers of other professions. Adult networkers would be better motivated to learn and work in cooperation and collaboration with each others in the networks.
What are the basic rules or protocols in social networking?
I think those rules or protocols need to be based on democratic principles, allowing people to have their voices (i.e. diversity of opinions), be respectful on others’ opinions, be trustworthy, open and honest with others in networking. Most importantly, treat others as you would have liked to be treated.
Why too many rules or protocols don’t work?
It would be helpful not to be overly mindful about the strict “pedagogy” that one has to adopt, or the number of “quality” posts/comments that one has to submit or respond in order to participate at the initial stages of networking, in order to encourage participation and discussion. People need to enjoy the conversation before they could actively engage in further discourse.
Why labelling or stereotyping of networkers in social media (blogging, twitters, facebook etc.) is not helpful in social learning?
I think more people would enjoy the participation, networking and conversation in social media, if they are not prematurely perceived, judged or accused as too narcissistic. Would a sense of appreciation, support and tolerances to each other’s “weaknesses” be much better than accusation and criticism of networkers, especially in social media?
How to achieve quality learning in social media?
Educators and learners could then negotiate what might be a “quality learning” from their joint conversation as an emergent learning outcome.
What is the pedagogy of quality social learning?
Quality social learning is based on the pedagogy of active participation, engagement and on-going conversation amongst participants and practitioners of the communities, with a view of continuous learning and development amongst the networkers. This will gradually add value to the Social Capital of the community, and the network of communities.
Here are the videos by George Siemens and Stephen Downes sharing their views on Open Learning and Personal Learning:
How about Socializing Open Learning?
How about the role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning?
How do these social learning relate to the Critical Literacies that are significant to you?
How about your responses to the above questions?