To what extent could social media be used for formal education?
For autonomous educators and learners who are learning via the broader networks, with webs and internet, it seems that blogging would likely serve their needs better in “broadcasting” and reflection of their learning or teaching.
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?
“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.”
Kop, R., Fournier, H., Mak, S.F. J. (2011). A Pedagogy of Abundance or a Pedagogy to Support Human Beings? Participant Support on Massive Open Online Courses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Vol 12, No. 7 (2011).
What would be critical in the introduction of social media in formal education? Social media should be introduced with a vision and purpose in mind, especially under a formal institution infrastructure. What sort of pedagogy would be aligning with the design and use of social media when fused into formal education?