Social Media Guidelines

Here are 5 guidelines to using social media for learning

Align to Learning Objectives

In the "Improve Formal Learning With Social Media" document created by Dan Steer, the importance of tying in the method the material will be taught with the purpose of the social media tool is stressed. The need for social expertise must be indicated in the learning content.

Accomodate All Learning Styles

Some of us learn in different ways than others--whether we prefer visual, kinesthetic or auditory modes of teaching. It is important to allow the learner to choose the best form of social media that accommodates their specific learning style, that way they can maximize their gain from learning through social media.

Leverage Participants' Networks

It is important to utilize your personal social media tools, however it is vital to enhance your friends, co-workers, and peers' social networks. "As a learning facilitator, use your own personal learning network (including references from previous participants) to provide more depth and breadth in future initiatives" (Steer, 2).

Slowly But Surely

Slowly introduce social media tools. It is proven that people get primarily scared when you offer to introduce new social media tools, and most people are not open to it. If you introduce new tools at a steady pace, you will eventually reach your goal.