Social Networking, Adult Learning Success and Moodle

Social Networking, Adult Learning Success and Moodle

Margaret Martinez (The Training Place, Inc., USA) and Sheila Jagannathan (World Bank Institute in Washington DC, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-828-4.ch007
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We know that technology is rapidly changing the world and it is hard to keep up. Social networking is the latest online trend we need to learn about. This chapter will consider the enormous changes that impact learners of all ages and offer some insights and resources for those professionals who want to provide more than just another lonely online learning experience. Social networking activities – including sites, blogs, chats, forums and wikis - are emerging to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among adult online learners. The loneliness of the Web 1.0 is passé and the read-only, passive mode of adult learning is fading away. The term Web 2.0 has been used to describe all the new applications useful for a new collaborative or social approach to sharing and repurposing Web content to learn. Just as communities were important in prehistoric times, today online communities are an inherent and critical part of the Web learning experience. Implicit in most Web 2.0+ applications are social activities which help users network, share, create content, seek or research information, or contribute and interact with others. Youthful online learners are a driving force in this new social change, a change that adults can learn from and embrace. Our young Web users find technology is second nature and are unconsciously changing the paradigm of online learning as they communicate and socialize in a variety of new ways on the Web. Many adults are already following this trend. However, these ways of learning can only become mainstream only when many more adults who are responsible for adult learners learn to use the host of networking tools available. Moodle is an example of a popular open source application used successfully by many around the world. Understanding how to support collaborative online learning activities successfully can offer a huge leap towards greater online learning confidence, contribution and achievement. More is yet to come to change the paradigm of online learning and social networking in the future.
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What Happening On The Web? Social Networking, Social Media And Web 2.0+

There is a huge curiosity about the social networking phenomena. This is a groundswell of using technology to revolutionize learning and communication, especially among young people. More and more users really want to know how all this stuff works, who's doing it and how. Adults are equally becoming more enticed by the new opportunities to collaborate and be part of groups with common goals and interests. Social networking activities – including sites, blogs, chats, forums and wikis - are emerging to support online collaboration and sharing between users/learners more than ever before. Children are eagerly leading the way for adults in this latest fascinating and evolutionary technology trend. The loneliness of the Web 1.0 is over. Web 2.0 is about using new applications offering a social approach to work in collaboration to generate, share and reuse content. These new kinds of social activities and networks spark passions and help users find information, interact, self-improve and contribute. A description appears in the Wikipedia. Retrieved July 15, 2009, from

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