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The New Social Learning

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Co-authored by ASTD President and CEO Tony Bingham, and long-time workplace educator and Fast Company business writer Marcia Conner, this book shows readers how social media can help trainers and workers increase their knowledge, innovate faster than their competitors, and enjoy themselves in a way that increases their commitment to their employer and to the customers they ...more
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Published September 13th 2010 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Paul Signorelli
When American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) President and CEO Tony Bingham teams up with Fast Company magazine columnist Marcia Conner for a book on social learning and all that the term implies about building collaborative communities of learning, we might expect tremendous results. We're not disappointed. They dive right in by telling us that the book "is for people who are specifically interested in how social media helps people in organizations learn quickly; innovate fast; s ...more
Jack Vinson
Sep 19, 2010 Jack Vinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My review posted at my blog.
Gerry DeOcampo
Jan 15, 2014 Gerry DeOcampo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a good read on social learning that will generate excitement and serve as a thinking launching pad for your next adventure in implementing social media learning tools, then this is the right book for you! Up front, this book is not a how-to. You won't find explicit instructions on how to get started or specific technical details. However, the content in the book will inspire you to dig in for a journey of exploration on leveraging the power of collective, collaborative, and ...more
Steve Horton
Jul 26, 2011 Steve Horton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone involved with social media
This book was enlightening because it changed my whole perspective on social media. What I have embraced as an inexpensive, organic, network driven form of marketing can actually transform organizations as a learning tool. This is the thesis of The New Social Learning. As an organization, your goal should be to move from the "push of information to the pull of learning." By using the tools provided by social media, an organization can transform itself into a learning organization, which makes it ...more
Luciano Palma
Dec 21, 2011 Luciano Palma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the way we learn and exchange knowledge was always a social process, this book makes it clear that the new tools and the new communication possibilities (mainly provided by Internet and wireless technologies) are definitely supercharging evolutionary changes.
It shows how to use all these new resources to bring to reality some social constructivist techniques that were hard to implement in a less connected world.
Companies that take knowledge management seriously MUST make their staff re
John Stepper
A good set of examples and use cases for social tools and practices. It had a more general take on learning than I had hoped. While some examples were focused on new approaches to learning and development (e.g., a chapter on using video in new ways), most were about communications and or other means for employees sharing what they're doing (e.g., microblogging examples or a CIA example of sharing info).

So, while I was hoping for more in-depth on a narrower topic, the authors successfully avoide
Chris Giovagnoni
If you have a respectable degree of familiarity with social media and its use you can skip this book. It won't teach you anything new. The afterword sums it up, "Social media has arrived . . . You have two choices for involvement--get in the way or get on board." That statement is directed to people who still need convincing about the value of social media, as is the entire book. I did think chapter eight, about how immersive environments refine learning, was interesting, but for the most part I ...more
I think the book was informative on two points: 1. Why social learning is important and 2. How to convince companies to adopt the use of it. However, I could've used more practical application. What types of social learning are available? How can you include it in the traditional training atmosphere? When does social learning not work? All of this was mentioned... but I wanted more.
Mark Terry
Mar 24, 2012 Mark Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conner, Bingham and Pink provide an overview of the various uses for social media in the enterprise. The breadth of the uses for these new media is impressive. These are new tools to support group interaction and collective learning, particularly in distributed enterprises. The book is engaging, but at times I felt descriptions were limited by breadth at the expense of depth.
Laura Pasquini
Jun 01, 2012 Laura Pasquini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic read! For anyone who trains, teaches or facilitates learning I would highly recommend this book for methods and means to infusing social into learning. I like how this book provides overviews, critiques and recommendations for engagement in socially constructed learning with technology. Must read for HR, ASTD and other instructional learning designers
Amir Elion
Feb 06, 2011 Amir Elion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony and Marcia have done a great job with this book. The growing interest and application of social learning is well explained and detailed in the book. There are numerous corporate examples as well as practical advice on implementing social learning approaches and tools. This is a must read if you don't want to miss the speeding train of social learning.
A must-read for faith communities and religious professionals - why? because faith development is in everything we do as religious communities and social learning is a huge area for social learning.
Apr 18, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, especially for those who are hesitant to use social media in the work force. Offers good answers to questions many social media naysayers ask.
Marie Kenerson
Aug 19, 2012 Marie Kenerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, written by Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham in 2010, leads the way to a more comprehensive understanding of learning as a relational process, a social process facilitated by connection-making skills and meaning-making competencies. Conner and Bingham use anecdotes, examples and cases to illustrate how emerging social media and social technologies are both the inevitable evolutionary products of an understanding of learning as a real-time, continuous meaning-making human process as well ...more
Chris Pawluk
Interesting material, but it all seemed a bit obvious.
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