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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Social Learning Handbook by Jane Hart


I am pleased to announce Jane Hart's new book Social Learning Handbook: A practical guide to using social media to work and learn smarter.
The book is now available to purchase as a paperback book on Lulu.


Jane writes, "It is becoming apparent that we are at the beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that both learning and working is happening in organizations. The revolution that is social media means that now everyone can have access to the Social Web and a range of services and applications to support their own as well as their team's learning, performance and productivity. This should not be seen as a threat to the L&D profession, but as an opportunity to take on the new challenges it offers.
The first step will be to understand the changes that are taking place, then become immersed in the new social media tools that are underpinning this change, in order to help others in their organization work and learn smarter. Social Learning is, after all, not something you just talk or read about; it’s something you do! This Handbook looks at both the theory and practice."

This should not be seen as a threat to the L&D profession, but as an opportunity to take on the new challenges it offers. The first step will be to understand the changes that are taking place, and then become immersed in the new social media tools that are underpinning this change in order to help others in the organization work and learn smarter. Social Learning, after all, is not something you just talk or read about; it’s something you do!

This Social Learning Handbook covers both theory and practice:

• Part 1 considers the emergence of social media, its impact on workplace learning the difference between social training and social learning, the range of social technologies available as well as strategies for supporting and encouraging social learning in the business.

• Part 2 looks at some of the key social technologies and how they can be used to work and learn smarter.

You can view the Contents list, a synopsis of Part One, as well as excerpts from Part Two in 10 ideas to use social media for professional development.

Source: Jane's Pick of the Day 


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