Designing Social Learning: “Informal” Does Not Mean “Unplanned”, June 2011

Presentation delivered at the GMU 7th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium, Fairfax, VA, 8 June 2011.

Where does Social Learning fit on the methodology matrix? That is, when is it appropriate to select Social Learning as an instructional strategy? Instructional Designers have a toolbox of learning interactions for all kinds of modalities, situations, topics, audiences, and experience levels; if social learning is more than just a fad (which we think it is), it’s time to make room on the ISD shelf for social learning instructional strategies. The session will include short-duration small-group breakouts, some brainstorming within a defined framework, and lots of audience participation. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of social learning interactions, more resources to help develop social learning events, and greater awareness of their ability to design informal learning.

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