“The role of the institution would be platform providers, with the provision of educators and professors to facilitate or guide on the side along with the learners as they pursue their life long and life wide learning journey.
Such mission would allow the educators and learners to collaborate in the design and re-design of the curriculum, the media platform, the tools, and the content. This would involve the curate, search and design, re-mix of the content and creation of knowledge to further enrich the learning experience of both educators and learners.”
I also find it interesting in the findings about distance education.
“This is possibly explained by the fact that young people use social media for social and entertainment purposes and do not necessarily see them as tools for learning. This seems to be particularly true for social networking, which a fairly large number of experienced users are not interested in using for learning purposes. On the other hand, older students are typically the ones who have more experience in distance learning but are also the ones who are registered in the institutions’ programs rather than visiting students. They seem to understand the potential that these tools offer or, at least, are more interested in using them for learning.”
As argued in my previous posts, the use of social media seems to be different for young and old students. Young students tend to use social media for social and entertainment purposes, while old students (or educators) would use them for informal learning and virtual networking. I have shared how this sort of social networking is used in Facebook here.