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Is learning by using social media always informal learning?

One of the topics that constantly passed in our discussions during the learningwave was the difference between formal and informal learning.  Is social learning always informal learning or is learning in a classroom always formal learning? Is it obviously that in a Community of Practice the learning is informal learning? Many examples passed our minds and it became clear that there are different definitions possible for formal and informal learning. But presuming that informal learning does not have a predefined result of what has to be learned is learning by using social media always informal learning? I don’t think so. For example twitter. I heard many of my collegaes telling that they have a twitteraccount to follow some specific people to gather information on a easy way. The information is coming to them instead of that they have to search on the internet for hours to find such information. So they have a predefined goal in mind why they use twitter.

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  1. March 18, 2010 at 22:12

    Yes indeed! Totally agree with the latest sentences of Gerlinde. For me my Twitter account is a means of keeping up to date with collegues, news they want to share, things they are doing or questions they might have.
    BTW: in the sidebar you will find all tweets (not just mine) and pictures that have been tagged with the hashtag #learningwave2010. So if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing, then please follow this tag.

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