ERIC Number: ED507069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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"Social Learning" Buzz Masks Deeper Dimensions: Mitigating the Confusion Surrounding "Social Learning"
There is a century of rich literature on social learning from the fields of education, psychology, and sociology characterizing a wide variety of practical applications such as instructional techniques, consumer behavior conditioning and determining criminal motives. In social learning theory, according to Bandura, there are four fundamental requirements. One issue with today's offerings for social software in education is that they are being presented as "social learning" solutions, but they are not being designed, packaged or integrated with the greater concepts of social learning theory in mind. There has been a recent trend in which teachers and course designers simply plug in a variety of free social media tools such as Blogger, Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Ning, PBwiki, PBworks, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube into online learning management systems such as Blackboard and Moodle and claim to have "social learning." Creating a well-crafted social learning platform would most likely require a deeply collaborative effort among a group of technology experts, educators, social learning theorists, psychologists, sociologists and students. Until there is a serious effort to create a holistic online learning platform that is based on facilitating the fundamental principles of social learning theory, the term "social learning" should not be used to describe learning platforms which simply include social media capabilities.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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