Social Learning Guidelines

5 Tips to Follow

The use for social media has increased over time for a teaching and learning technique. Just like in any classroom there are guidelines that must be followed when using social networks.

1. What is Social Learning?

"Social learning helps people become more informed, gain a wider perspective, and

make better decisions by engaging with others" (Allen & Naughton, 2012).

Social media is not only used to interact with people for a personal use, but it can be resourceful for educational purposes. Its has proven to be an effective way for instructors, and peers to communicate.

2. Training Strategies

  • Introductory course through Social Media

Student introduces themselves to professor through a social media cite that is requested from the student.

  • Social Media based projects during course

Professor develops projects/assignments that require social media use throughout course.

  • Post-Course Exercises

Professor enlightens students how some social media networks can be used for more then just projects.

(Steer, 2012)

3. Digital Citizenship

Social Media must be used correctly. If young students are not educated about Digital Citizenship it could be misused and abused. " Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use." It's a way for students and professors to interact respectfully through the use of social media.

What is Digital Citizenship?

4. Measure Outcomes

  • Communicate
For a professor a great way to see if students are learning from social media is to simply ask them!
  • Course Evaluation

Professors need to pay attention to how their online course is rated to see where improvements can be made.

  • Check for Continuity

Make sure students are doing the assignments right.

(Steer, 2012)

5. Privacy is Key

As a students it's always best to save all usernames and passwords in a safe and private place. Always let your professor know what those usernames or passwords are just in case you forget. More importantly never share that information with other students or friends.

This is a safety precaution that all students must take to prevent a hacking or any futuristic issues.


Steer, D. (2012). Improve Formal Learning With Social Media. T+D, 66(12), 31-33.

Allen, M., Naughton, J., & Ellis, R. (2011). Social Learning. T+D, 65(8), 50-55.

Digital Citizenship