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[Marcos Tenório] My dream: Social media used for e-Learning

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Marcos Tenório
12 January 2013

I Dream about  using social media websites like Facebook, twitter or another for e-learning with big success experiences... how can we teach on social medias without all the contents interferences of a social media website? Or how can we use it on our favor?
How can we speak the students language in them virtual and social places without be only a boring professor?
I Dream about  using social media websites like Facebook, twitter or another for e-learning with big success experiences... how can we teach on social medias without all the contents interferences of a social media website? Or how can we use it on our favor?
How can we speak the students language in them virtual and social places without be only a boring professor?

Your situation (context)

Everyday we use Social medias to chat, be informed, be in contact with the world. The same happens with the young students with more frequency and as a new place for social relations. The Social networks brings a lot of new experiences and collaborative works.  Example

The change you would like to see (challenge)

We can observe that its is a new road without comeback and if we could enter and navigate by it without any problems, we would have success.



How you might go about bringing that change

I think that could be created a new social network based on existents but with more control about interactions and contents, it may help students on focus all the interactions at them education and could creat a learning collaborative based interaction.



Extra content

Can organizations manage informal learning? We often hear a lot about how organizations are trying to “formalize” or “manage” informal learning. Use of these terms implies that they want to try and force-fit it into a traditional, formal learning view of the world. Often, in these cases the concept of “informal learning” has become confused with the terms “information” or “referenceware”, both of which it is possible to create and track perhaps as part of a formal learning solution. But they are not the same as informal learning. It is also missing the very important point about informal learning that it can actually only be “managed” by the learner concerned; neither organizations nor systems can do this; they can only enable and support it – not control the process. Due to the confusion and misunderstanding of the concept of informal learning, many people often refer to this as either personal learning”, since this implies something that the individual “owns” and “manages” or else workflow learning which shows that it happens during the flow or work, and not as a separate activity outside of the workplace. Mark Britz has written about an interesting way of “visualizing” informal learning, as “negative space”. According to Wikipedia, negative space in art is “the space around and between the subject(s) of an image”, so Mark explains: “Formal learning like positive space is easy to recognize … All around the Formal is informal Learning. And like the Negative Space, it has always existed, but is rarely given any attention … It is also obscure, fluid, unstable, and uncontrolled … easy to take for granted.” Extracted from:

Marcos Tenório
02:52 on 23 January 2013 (Edited 02:55 on 23 January 2013)

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Ricardo Nuno Castro Carvalho
11:48pm 12 January 2013

Good stuff Marcus, keep going.

Marie Arndt
4:57pm 13 January 2013

Hi Marcus,

Sounds very much like what I have been thinking about for a long time; in my English context one example would also be, what would a literary character's FB page look like?  I have played around a bit with Edmodo, which can be used as social media as well to some extent. There may be privacy issues with FB, as we are all well reminded of regularly.


Deborah Arnold
4:58pm 13 January 2013

Thanks for this Marcos, it resonsates with me and my dream n°1. Although we actually use Moodle as a platform for the online course in question, we're taking it beyond the insitutional LMS into Twitter and the blogosphere as that's what the topic of the course is. If you want to want to work on this together, let me know.

Donna Smith
7:34pm 13 January 2013

Thanks Marcos, I am interested in this too, particularly twitter. Are people interested in forming a project team on this, as part of week1/weekend activities?

Ricardo Nuno Castro Carvalho
9:44pm 13 January 2013 (Edited 9:44pm 13 January 2013)

I'm availeble to be appart of this team.

Ricardo Nuno Castro Carvalho
9:55pm 13 January 2013 (Edited 9:55pm 13 January 2013)

I make a group on google please who are interested post there.!forum/21st-century-e-learning

Jeff Waistell
11:40am 14 January 2013

I like this approach because it re-orientates learning design and technology from the educators' domain to where learners are in terms of what technologies they use and how they use them to interact with each other. Jeff

Manuel Augusto Alves Lousa
9:17pm 16 January 2013

Hi,Marco. I'm interested in joining your circle. This topic seems very interesting .

Karen Ferreira-Meyers
12:01pm 17 January 2013

Can I be one of those lurking from time to time? Work commitments will keep me occupied, but I am keen on exploring how social media, and facebook in particular, can be used to help learners remain motivated and learn new skills, attitudes and knowledge.

Amanda Harrington-Vail
10:56am 18 January 2013


I started the MOOC today and am interested in this topic so would like to participate - although only in a small way due to other committments. I am particularly keen on undergraduate students engaging with one another for shared learning using social media.


Sancha de Burca
9:10am 19 January 2013 (Edited 9:34am 19 January 2013)

Hi Everyone, I would also like to participate in this group if there aren't already too many! I am moslty interested in blogging and have already done some research into graphic design students using these to record and develop their work processes. I use the blogosphere with both face-to-face university students and distance learners in a private setting (mostly homeschoolers).  I also use Twitter to forward inspiring bits of new design and design/education news but would like to (consder) develop(ing) this area - possibly into the curricuum or poss for suppor. tI am a bit behind with the MOOC but catching up steadily!

I should also add that we use Moodle as a kind of info HQ with the uni students - but they also run a FB group of their own where the info gets repeated (and sometimes misinterpreted!). They also argue and share work and links on FB. Staff deliberately stay out of this as it is seen as "their" area. That they share work is great but they also don't always have the expertise to give suffiencient feedback to each other. My point is that social media can be fantastic...but they also can be a place of mistakes. How do you get round this? You need users to feel its theirs but you also need to give them correct info, inc feedback.


João Pedro Bourbon
1:27am 24 January 2013

Hey Marcos


I hadn't noticed your proposal yet, and I find it very in line with an old thought I have about the use of social media. Actually, my first draft of a project was going on that direction.

Are you still accepting team members? ;)


[]s, JPB

João Pedro Bourbon
7:35pm 29 January 2013

Count me in :)

Nataliya Bukhanova
2:55pm 31 October 2014

Hi Marcos,

Are you still working on your project? I am asking because your post is dated 2013.

I am working on use of social media and separate medical social networks in medical education (undergraduate and CPL), and I am very interested in the results of your work.


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