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Extender el impacto de la educación a través de las redes sociales

9 marzo, 2010

Pensando en las potencialidades de las redes sociales para la educación, encuentro estimulante la siguiente reflexión.

Whereas these examples are using technology to enhance social learning within formal education, it also seems likely that a great deal of informal learning is taking place both on and off campus via the online social networks that have attracted millions of young people. In fact, many students in the United States and in many other parts of the world are already involved with online social networks that include their friends. John King, the associate provost of the University of Michigan, has attempted to bring attention to this phenomenon by asking how many students are being taught each year by his institution. Although about 40,000 students are enrolled in classes on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, King believes that the actual number of students being reached by the school today is closer to 250,000.13 For the past few years, he points out, incoming students have been bringing along their online social networks, allowing them to stay in touch with their old friends and former classmates through tools like SMS, IM, Facebook, and MySpace. Through these continuing connections, the University of Michigan students can extend the discussions, debates, bull sessions, and study groups that naturally arise on campus to include their broader networks. Even though these extended connections were not developed to serve educational purposes, they amplify the impact that the university is having while also benefiting students on campus.14 If King is right, it makes sense for colleges and universities to consider how they can leverage these new connections through the variety of social software platforms that are being established for other reasons.  (Jhon Seely Brown)

Aprovechar las posibilidades de las redes sociales de los alumnos para abrir a ellas debates (foros), iniciativas, informaciones, recursos, encuestas, etc. que inicialmente podrían estar destinadas a nuestros alumnos. De esta manera, al dirigirnos no solo a nuestros alumnos sino a ellos dentro de su red, estaríamos ampliando el circulo de nuestros interlocutores, y así la potencialidad de la comunicación para la transformación social. Es decir estaríamos reconociendo la posibilidad de hacer llegar e involucrar a mas personas en las “causas” sociales que perseguimos, ofreciendo la posibilidad, reciproca, de enriquecernos con dialogo y aprendizaje informal.

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