Innovation: Social learning with social media

During the spring of 2011 Distans offered a series of Webinars on the uses of social media in learning and teaching. These webinars touched on current issues connected to what was going on right then, but many of them have wider connotations, so although some technologies may be well known, ideas about how and why to use them are still relevant.


We asked our guests questions which we hoped would help adult educators to decide how to use social media in their work with learners. Here are some examples:

  • What is so special about social media
  • How can social media support our own development as adult educators
  • How can social media support our students learning
  • How can social media support learning in isolated districts

The webinars

  • "norDist", what is it and how can it be useful?
    A presentation of a social network for Nordic adult educators. Karen Bjerkö moderated a webinar where Hróbjartur Árnason explained DISTANS´ aims and goals with this experiment. Slideshare
  • The New Social Learning
    Marcia O´Connor presented her ideas about how the ideas about social learning (made popular for example by Albert Bandura) have reached new levels and meanings through the rise of online social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, Ning and others. Moderator: Torhild Slåtto 
  • Strategy to survive social media 
    Johanni Larjanko looks at how an institution can view its use of social media as it tries to address the institutional implementation of various social media channels to better serve their clients. Moderator: Hróbjartur Árnason
  • How to make a social media social
    Anna Ebbesen who has designed many online communities using various media tells us what she has learned about social media and how to make it social... or what you need to do in order to help participants share, communicate, and "be social" online. Moderator: Hróbjartur Árnason
  • Mobile Learning Toolkit
    An interview with Jennifer Parker, author of the Moble Learning Toolkit. Jennifer Parker created a toolkit for educators who want to use simple mobile devices to support learning among African villagers, who do not have access to the most modern digital technology, but do have mobile phones. Hróbjartur interviewed her to learn how she as a design student used the discipline and methods of design to organize learning experiences.