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Harnessing social learning
I don’t know about you, but every morning on my way to work I open my Facebook on my smartphone to browse for news, articles, updates from people I’m either friends with or groups that I follow. I no longer go to news sites for updates on what’s happening in the world – I have these on my social networking sites, and they are so much more engaging than the news websites.
The people, groups and pages I follow, I select carefully. They have to have something interesting or useful to offer. They are either suggested to me by my friends, or sometimes I stumble across them by accident when browsing for information I need, or when someone else shares an interesting post they find and publish on their wall. I could argue that this is basically the essence of social behaviour that takes place on the net. And this is how I ultimately become a member of a learning community without really thinking about it. I’m pretty sure this is how it works for other people as well.
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