Education rarely reinvents the wheel. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There are a number of great theorists, researchers, scholars, practitioners, and educators who have been utilizing connected and social learning ideas for decades.
In thinking about social learning for instructional design, I will turn to Bingham and Conner’s (2010) outline for how this is “new” in many of our organizations:
- The new social learning is not just for knowledge workers – community-oriented.
- Plays well with formal education to capture shared learning.
- Compliments training and supplements development.
- Similar but not the same as informal learning – more search and reading.
- More than just online search and social networking.
- Not like broadcasting information, more communal.
- Allows for interaction and experiences to share ideas.