The Social Learning Community (Jane Hart)
Yesterday I launched the Social Learning Community – a new Community of Practice intended for those interested in the use of social media to work and learn smarter. This is a place where you can join discussions, ask questions, share links, experiences and events with others about social learning – whether it be in education or in the workplace. Jay Cross calls it “the living room for social learning conversations”!
I’ve set up this private community on Yammer (a cross between Twitter and Facebook).
There are also desktop, iPhone, Android and Blackberry apps available to keep you up to date with what’s happening.
If you are not familiar with Yammer, here are a few pointers:
- You can follow (or unfollow) members by clicking on their names in the Membership list (by default you follow everyone)
- Community Feed (on the left) shows messages from everyone in your community
- My Feed (on the left) shows messages from people you follow
- To post a Yammer message (aka yam), type it in then click update – everyone who follows you will see it
- To send a message to someone, use @username – remember it is visible to anyone
- To refer to someone in a message, use @username in the yam
- To send a private message, type to:username – this yam is only visible by username
- Conversations on Yammer are threaded (more like Facebook than Twitter) , so you can reply to yams and comments on yams. Note when comments are made on existing yams, the whole thread rises to the top of the feed.
- You can share links, files, images and events in Yammer (more like Facebook)
- You can tag your messages using #tag (similar to Twitter). You can follow tags, by clicking on the tag and then clicking the follow button
- You can bookmark postings that you want to keep.
Members are welcome from education, training, workplace learning, consultancies and even vendors(!) – but please no hard selling!