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Just Tweet It: Online Learning in 2016

Posted on Thu, April 28,2016 @ 10:12 AM

As we have written here previously, responsive web design is only growing in importance as we all transact more business via our mobile devices. That’s why ABC Signup’s pages are responsive. However, class registration software is just a small part of the technology now available to make information sharing—such as online learning—more effective.

Mobile devices and a burgeoning number of social media options are changing online learning. A traineemobilelearning2.jpg may sit at his desktop in his pajamas late at night. But he may also be learning via YouTube while
wolfing down his lunchtime BLThold the lettuce and tomatosandwich. As a result of social media, online learning has become a more collaborative effort between instructor and student, as well as student to student. In many cases, the learner is sharing ideas that enhance the experience of other learners. That’s an evolving facet of social learning.

Social Learning is not Social Media
Social learning means the teacher tells or shows you how to do something and then you imitate it. That’s different from classical conditioning (Pavlov’s dog) or operant conditioning (learning the second time around boiling water means a hot stove). Social learning is far from a new concept. It outdates Facebook, Twitter, blogs and similar tools by a few decades. However, social media and mobile access have changed the execution of social learning. A student can employ social media at any time and place—perhaps uploading a video—to show what she discerned from the instructions. She can share the video both with instructors and fellow students. Other students can return the favor. Each student may have understood instructions correctly, yet taken a different route to the solution. In such cases, the instructor benefits as much as the students, because such collaboration often enhances and clarifies instructional materials.

A host of social tools are available to broaden online learning. Below is a small sampling of some of the more common ones. All ten listed are free for at least the basic version.

  1. Twitter – Follow thought leaders; be a thought leader.
  2. Linkedin – Same as above. 
  3. Blogs – Same as above.
  4. Facebook – Share class instructions; take questions; elaborate.
  5. ScreenToaster – Record movement on your screen to capture a process that can be shared later in a presentation.
  6. Audacity – Record and edit voices for a podcast.
  7. YouTube – Upload and share lessons.
  8. Vimeo – Same as above. You can go ad-free with Vimeo, but you’re limited on how many videos you can upload with the free version.
  9. Google Docs  Share documents; create evaluations; collaborate.
  10. Flikr – A resource of images for presentations.

If you use any other social media tools—or use the ones above in a unique way—we would love to hear from you. Just use the form to reach out to us. Let us know if you have questions about online registration software, too. 

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