In this post how-should-social-media-be-taught-schools by Matt Renwick:
The instructional framework my school subscribes to is the Optimal Learning Model, sometimes referred to as the gradual release of responsibility.
In this framework, the teacher first models the concept or skill to be learned. Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli value this framework within the context of social media, stating in their book Personal Learning Networks that “the ability to model your own learning networks in front of your students might be your most important pedagogy of all.”Adapted by Regie Routman from Teaching Essentials: Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8 (Heinemann, 2007).
Forum and network platforms such as Moodle, FB, wiki would then be “gateways” for open sharing and discussion of ideas.
Twitter would be ideal of information links and dissemination of news and sharing of links to blog posts or event updates, and real time postings of presentation or conference.
How far would institutions be ready for the decentralized approach (i.e. Connectivist learning) be adopted in online education and MOOC?
I think it is too early to come up with an unique solution based on such decentralized, personalized learning that is feasible for the institutions to adopt as yet, due to the many factors such as economics (as the current MOOCs are free), accreditation, management and control of course and teaching, and most importantly, how these approaches would impact on the mainstream courses and the students involved, with a centralized learning approach.
There are however, signs that an aggregated learning approach with a LMS (Moodle), interaction tools (Twitters) and personal blogs in the MOOC would be adopted in the OERu.
“The adoption of MOOCs in formal education institutions is challenging, though it opens up new opportunities to experience the co-creation of networks within communities and new and participatory forms of communication and collaboration for both learners and educators.”
I see the use of social media as a strategic model of learning augmenting the formal learning in a face-to-face classroom environment.
The learners must feel comfortable in their learning before they would fully immerse in the community of social media.
There are risk control measures under social media policy used to safeguard any students and employees from being exploited, manipulated, abused or bullied when learning or networking over social networks and public open space. This is important as the open space could still be risky for teenage students and young people, and even adults especially when it comes to privacy and personal security.
Why would learners like to explore the social media?
May be learners would like to explore the world, the internet and the webs in ways that our previous generations had never got a chance before.
Try asking learners this basic question: What would you like to do in the future?
Isn’t it a powerful question? Does social media provide such opportunities of learning?
What questions of life do you think you would like to ask when immersed in social media and social networking?
Is that the education that would change your life?
THE EDUCATION OF LIFE, AND THE LIFE EDUCATION.