Social Media Lesson Design – Working Out Loud on Sharepoint 2013

As an activity for the Social Media for Active Learning MOOC (SMOOC – Twitter @SMOOC2014) I have designed a lesson incorporating the use of social media tools to support active learning.  I’m sharing this to encourage others to consider the use of social media in their lessons.

The context for this lesson is to encourage use of social learning using my company’s Enterprise Social Network (ESN), Sharepoint 2013 by getting people to narrate their work.  As such the choice of Sharepoint as the tool for this course was clearcut.
While initially daunted at the prospect of designing a lesson using social media, as I read participant posts on the SMOOC discussion boards I realised that my existing instructional design skills are entirely relevant to this task. The new bit is knowledge and skill with available social media tools to decide when and how to use them.  This made my specific task more approachable as I am already using Sharepoint2010.

While our upcoming Enterprise Social Network upgrade to Sharepoint2013 (with enhanced social functionality) means I need to update my skills, I felt adequately confident in my existing knowledge to do a high level lesson design.  Our upgrade is in May, so I aim to run the pilot in July and rollout in August.  Shall do an update post on the final product and outcomes after this time.

Here is the lesson design:

Lesson Design – Working Out Loud

Very appreciative of feedback on this design – what improvements do you suggest?

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  1. #1 by Ryan Tracey on May 21, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Michelle.

    I think the assessment component is important. Unfortunately, the more I talk to people about this, the more apparent it is becoming that we need to formalise social learning – at least in the early stages.

    • #2 by Michelle Ockers on June 2, 2014 - 9:52 pm

      At the very least I think solid role modelling and some hand-holding / guidance is required. The extent to which we need to formalise social learning depends in part on what we are seeking to achieve with it from an organisational perspective. I am in the early experimentation stages with this. I do think some structured opportunities to build social learning skills to enable people to do it for themselves will help.

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