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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

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Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 


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Collaboration can be both a formal structure for learning activity but also an underpinning framework for engagement and fostering life-long learning.  Learning networks are part the new learning ecosystem and should be recognised and supported.

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If you care to be a global citizen, then reaf this and be an active learner on social networks platforms

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The emergence of social networks impact is well-explained in this post.

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Un article molt interessant que parla sobre que els estudiants necessiten aprendre des de xarxes socials professionals.

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The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learning

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This paper reports the ongoing research project headed by the University of Porto and the research group Centre of Spatial Representation and Communication, from de R&D Centre of its Faculty of Architecture (FAUP), which aims the design and study of hybrid spatial environments:

E-Learning Centres. Our main objective is to present and discuss the contribution of the E-Learning Café project of the U.Porto and of the successful implementation of its program, focused on learning physical spaces able to combine social interaction with diverse pedagogical and cultural activities. All these have proven to be an important relational dimension for all the people working or studying at U. Porto and an asset to foster the openness of the University to the society.

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Web 2.0 Collaboration Project

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In the fall of 2008, the Glenbrook Academy for International Studies completed a collaborative project in which fifteen groups 8-10 students worked together to present the work of TED.  The students primarily used Google Sites as a Web 2.0 collaborative structure. 

What we learned, however, is that collaboration requires much more than infrastructure.  It requires human skills.  This site, therefore, is an attempt to articulate and bring together those human skills with the exciting Web 2.0 tools available online.

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A comprehensive overview of many dimensions of collaboration - rationale, principles, practices.

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Collaborative project-based learning and problem-based learning in higher education: a consideration of tutor and student roles in learner-focused strategies

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The aim of this chapter is twofold. Firstly to support academic staff from a variety of subject disciplines in higher education in the clarification between two different learner focused strategies, namely collaborative project-based (CPBL) and problem-based learning (PBL). Secondly, to provide practical advice to them to assist in the making of informed decisions as to when which strategy is most appropriate to use to support learning. These decisions will be based on a sound understanding of each strategy and a consideration of when each is most appropriate to use in enhancing the learning of their students.

Section One explores what is meant by group learning. Students have knowledge, views and experiences to share that are valuable and worthy of consideration. Opening up our classes to the voices of our students is sending a very powerful message to them as it is through dialogue with others, articulation of viewpoints and identification of concerns that students are enabled to make sense of new information.

Definitions of the two learner-focused strategies will be provided in specific contexts within higher education. Collaborative project-based Learning will consider the learning afforded by the involvement of students in a collaborative group project. Problem-based learning will explore the importance of placing students in control of their own learning.

Section Two details each strategy under the key headings: the role of tutor and students.

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IU's new Collaborative Learning Studio

The Collaborative Learning Studio on IU's Bloomington campus is designed for 21st century learners. The space allows students and teachers to share and colla...
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New learning spaces can help promote collaboration.

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Collaborative Learning | Active learning pedagogies | UQ

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Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning is an important component of active learning and sits within a community of inquiry theoretical framework. It provides opportunities for a group of individuals to collaborate in purposeful critical discourse and reflection to construct personal meaning and confirm mutual understanding (Garrison & Cleveland-Innes). The following diagram explains key aspects of social presence, cognitive presence and teaching presence that make up an educational community of inquiry.

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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | ART: Collaboration for Transformed Engagement | Scoop.it

Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 


Via Gust MEES, Kim Flintoff
Curtin Teaching and Learning's insight:

Collaboration can be both a formal structure for learning activity but also an underpinning framework for engagement and fostering life-long learning.  Learning networks are part the new learning ecosystem and should be recognised and supported.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:46 AM

If you care to be a global citizen, then reaf this and be an active learner on social networks platforms

Ali Anani's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:52 AM

The emergence of social networks impact is well-explained in this post.

Amanda Feliu's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:55 AM

Un article molt interessant que parla sobre que els estudiants necessiten aprendre des de xarxes socials professionals.

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Collaboration Technology Teaches Law Students to Work Together -- Campus Technology

Traditionally adversarial, today's law school environment is moving toward more collaboration and group problem-solving -- with a little help from technology.
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A description of how new collaborative classrooms are functioning in a US Law school. and some consideration of the conditions that make it work.  Specific proprietary solutions aside, the article demonstrates the benefits of effective collaborative learning design.

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Project Based Learning | BIE

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Project Based Learning’s time has come. The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn.

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John Mergendoller and his team are among the best in the world on Project Based Learning. Highly recommended.

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CTE - Collaborative Learning

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Learn how to encourage student engagement by incorporating discussion, active learning techniques, collaborative work, problem-based learning and more.

Collaborative learning is based on the view that knowledge is a social construct. Collaborative activities are most often based on four principles:

  • The learner or student is the primary focus of instruction.
  • Interaction and "doing" are of primary importance
  • Working in groups is an important mode of learning.
  • Structured approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems should be incorporated into learning.
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This document presents easily digestible explanations about collaboration as well as easy to implement leaping off points.  The overlaps with Active Learning are very evident.

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JTE v7n1 - Collaborative Learning Enhances Critical Thinking

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Implications for Instruction

From this research study, it can be concluded that collaborative learning fosters the development of critical thinking through discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of others' ideas. However, both methods of instruction were found to be equally effective in gaining factual knowledge. Therefore, if the purpose of instruction is to enhance critical- thinking and problem- solving skills, then collaborative learning is more beneficial.


For collaborative learning to be effective, the instructor must view teaching as a process of developing and enhancing students' ability to learn. The instructor's role is not to transmit information, but to serve as a facilitator for learning. This involves creating and managing meaningful learning experiences and stimulating students' thinking through real world problems.

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A study focussed on Higher Education that finds students engaged in collaborative learning perform better in critical thinking tests than students pushed to drill and practice with no loss of achievement in drill and practice type assessments

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