Is social media learning?

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If you spend time looking at what your friends and family are doing on Facebook it’ll be hard to call that a defined learning event and the same goes for reviewing updates on Twitter or Instagram.
However, if you use a platform such as ‘Tweetdeck’, or the like, you can organise your Twitter Followers into specific lists and then you can use this to look up specific trends. If you are reading any attached papers or blogs that could perhaps be perceived as a real learning event.
This goes for Facebook too. I’d struggle to suggest the same for Instagram due to the fact that it is generally just a series of photos.
However, there are some interesting new platforms such as ‘Periscope’ which we’ve been using here at the BILD for a few months now, by holding a weekly periscope session on Wednesdays. This allows us to talk a group of people to communicate ideas etc., and there is a limited amount of text-based interaction. If you are engaging the right people you can get a huge amount of learning from this.
The other platform that we have discovered is ‘BLAB’. Although BILD has not hosted a Blab session yet I’ve been taking a close look at it to get a feel for the way it works and its usefulness in terms of learning. BLAB allows you, like periscope, to speak directly to your audience. It has some better features, in so far as you can invite others to video/audio with you, and can schedule these in advance so that people can subscribe to them.
I believe that by carefully choosing who you follow, you can use Social Media as a Learning event, but can you class it as formal CPD? I don’t think so, not yet. In the same way you can’t class a watercooler chat as a CPD session.
What do you think?
Rich Wootten (MBILD, TAP.Cert)
Business Manager
British Institute for Learning & Development
info@theBILD.org

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Shiny new object

We’re all familiar with the shiny object, something that people tell you about to get you to stop doing what you are doing and pick up something else. Often its worse in business as there are no shortage of critics telling you that you should look at this shiny new object or this one. The modern world is full of shiny new objects and learning and development sees its fair share of them. Sometimes if you have been in L&D long enough you see the same objects float past a few times.

At the British Institute for Learning & Development we’re not ones for picking up shiny new objects, we have a plan or a goal and we stick to it.

However, a few days ago we stumbled across Periscope which seems to part of or attached to Twitter.

Periscope allows people to broadcast videos to their twitter feed. Which is a great marketing and content tool.

But we can see a great opportunity for the learning and development community too, particularly at CPD events and seminars (with permission) at our CPD events we actively encourage tweeting and don’t ask people to put their phones/tablets away.

We’re going to be using this at World Of Learning on 29th and 30th Sept.

Also we’ve just started (just done our first) a weekly Periscope session, we see this a great way to reach out to the L&D community.

So do yourself a favour and download Periscope to your phone or tablet and make sure you connect with the British Institute for Learning & Development @BILDdev “Up Periscope!”

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