Key Social Learning Roles
Premise: Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities. Community members should be able to perform one or more of the five roles described in the table that follows.
Key Skills and Capabilities
The person who looks for and uses content, information, and social connections.
- Self Directed: Able to identify and pursue learning needs without too much formal structure and rigor.
- Media Savvy: Able to use social media in a natural way.
- Insightful: Able to filter meaningful information, patterns, and commonalities from multiple streams of data.
- Group Oriented: Able to build collaborative networks and leverage the collective intelligence.
The person who creates, shares, improves, and discusses content and information.
- Attentive: Able to respond to requests and to reach out to others in a meaningful and timely manner.
- Designer: Able to format and package ideas and information logically, concisely, and understandably.
- Researcher: Able to augment and enhance the ideas, stories, and information created and shared by others.
The person who helps others to find the content, information, and people they seek or need.
- Broker: Able to persuade others to collaborate.
- Conductor: Able to simultaneously coordinate with many people.
- Switched On: Able to understand the political dynamics and cultural values in various communities and networks.
- Networker: Able to form and sustain networked relationships.
The person who helps creators to transmit and promote their content and information to others.
- Communicator: Able to transmit an idea, story, or information into a variety of viewpoints and perspectives.
- Trend Spotter: Able to notice new and emerging ideas that deserve mass awareness and adoption.
- Marketer: Able to select and use media and channels for promoting content and information to a target audience.
The person who manages the learning community.
- Ambassador: Able to represent the community and portray its goals, purpose, and policies.
- Advocate: Able to intercede and act as a mediator on behalf of a community or an individual member.
- Cultivator: Able to put into motion and institutionalize community values, policies, procedures, and practices.