Connect, Discover, Create, Share
The way we learn is changing. It is becoming more social.
Although classrooms and teachers still have their place, the smartphones that we carry around with us give us constant access to who knows what and who knows who.
We learn by connecting to each other, searching, discovering by accident, doing something with what we find, and sharing what we know and do with others.
That’s what I mean by ‘social’ learning.
If you are just beginning to experiment with using social technologies for personal learning, I’m hoping that connecting with me might be a way of helping you through your first steps. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.
People use Twitter for different reasons. I have two accounts: @smartco and @future_capable.
@smartco is how I got started on Twitter. I didn’t know what to do for months. Eventually I decided to follow some people, who I knew were interested in new ways of working. Some of them followed me back.
The experts I followed turned out to be very generous with their knowledge. They shared articles and research and because it was them, they had my attention. I then began to share articles that I had found, and soon even more people followed.
The next phase of how I engaged with Twitter was more social. Tweets began to be more conversational.
My tweets now on @smartco are eclectic. They are social and the articles I share are about anything that interests me, not only about new ways of working and learning. These links to articles and videos are often things I have discovered through people I follow on Twitter.
Here’s a sample of my latest tweets through @smartco:
Before I move on to talk about the next phase in how I use Twitter, a quick mention of hashtags is in order. These are a great way to listen to conversations and, when you feel ready, to join in.
If a Tweet contains a hashtag (#), you can click on it to see who is saying what about this topic. So for example, every Friday morning, between 8.00 and 9.00, people reply to a question set for that week on some aspect of Learning and Development in organisations. The hashtag is #Ldinsight.
I recently set up another account, @future_capable. It feels like I’m starting over with Twitter! I want to use this account to re-focus on new ways of working and learning. In particular, I want to share what I’m doing with The Smart Work Company.
I hope it will be helpful to anyone wanting to do something new or different in their organisations, pointing them to information they might find useful and linking them to a community of people who share their interest.
Tweets will be organised around hashtags to let people search for information, and to find out who is saying what about the topics the hashtag refers to. That’s the plan. We’ll see what happens.
I write articles on LinkedIn, as well as connecting with and following interesting people. I read and comment on what they share.
Let’s connect on Twitter and LinkedIn as a first step to helping each other.