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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



EPALE focus: Social media in adult learning

by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
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EPALE Social Media and Adult Learning


EPALE’s thematic focus for February is social media in adult learning.

There are a lot of educators and trainers who at best see social media as a means of entertainment, and, at worst, as a source of distraction for learners. But with over 3 billion people around the world using social media, the attractiveness of community platforms and social networks is undeniable. This is why the topic of using social media in education to make learning more interactive and engaging is becoming increasingly popular.

Social media can be used as a tool for peer-to-peer communication not only by learners but also by teachers and trainers. It can also improve teacher-learner communication or help to make teaching approaches more interactive. Its primary role is to facilitate access to information, which makes it a useful tool for non-formal and informal learning as well.

Here at EPALE we appreciate social media’s potential for adult learning. Check out the links below for some interesting resources on the topic, uploaded by the community and the national teams, and visit EPALE regularly in February for new content!


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  • Ilga Sirmele's picture
    Priecājos par šo skatījumu uz sociālajiem tīkliem. Arī es uzskatu, ka problēma nav sociālajos tīklos, tie ir tikai jāprot lietot. Visam saturam, ko ievietojam, jābūt ar mērķi. Izprotot to, kā sociālos tīklus lietot savā labā, cilvēks gūst daudz priekšrocību savā darbā un ikdienā, jo nereti mūsdienās cilvēki uzņemās darīt vairāk, kā laiks to atļauj. Ir liels prieks, ka pieaugušajiem ir iespēja pilnveidot savas prasmes lietot sociālos tīklus, tīmekli. Tā ir lieliska iespēja pieaugušajiem celt savu profesionalitāti, audzēt jaunas kompetences.
  • Kerstin Hagblom's picture
  • Anja Stofberg's picture
    Dear all, within our project Spaces for Intercultural Learning we are exploring collaboration and learning in a virtual space on the Yammer platform. A major goal of the project is increasing intercultural competences among adult learning educators as well as the target groups that they are working with. The project aims to reach that goal in several ways, and one of them is in our online space in the shape of a Community of Practice.
    The idea of the online CoP was introduced as a tool for reflection for the adult educators of the participating project partners. Ask, share, reflect and learn: those are our main interactive activities.
    We will be sharing our experiences in a guidebook towards the end of the project. Meanwhile I can already tell you that it has been a most interesting experience. 
    At the start of this Community of Practice it was decided to create a private group for the members/participants instead of a public group, in order to have a safe space to work together. For many of the project members experience with online Communities of Practice was limited, especially in an international setting.
    What do you think: would you also have chosen a private space or would you have opened it up to anyone interested in the topic of intercultural learning / intercultural competence development ?
    I'm curious to hear your views on this !

  • ALPER GÖZEN's picture
    It is called 'Social media' but it must be used in a balanced way. Otherway; as we see around ; it makes people Asocial. It is a very pity that some says thousands of friends I have on social medias but we can not see any around him/her. They wander around single all the time.

    It brings us oceans of benefits of course if we overcome dangers and bad side-effects. Education is one of them and nowadays is being transported. But I have some hesitations about its results in the future.

  • Fernando Albuquerque Costa's picture
    Dear all,
    Perhaps one of the main concerns regarding social media for adults is to ensure that people know how to identify dangers that the Internet brings and know how to take the necessary precautions. The commitment to the acquisition and consolidation of safety behaviors will be one of the pedagogical measures that any adult educator must incorporate in the work he develops with adults.
    Can anyone testify to how you handle such problems?
    Thanks a lot,
  • Filomena Montella's picture

    Dear Fernando, I work directly on the analysis of the source. For the teaching of Italian literature and for history I provide a list of safe sources, so as not to have the problem of hoax news. The collation of the sources or, as my professor of Didactics of history says, the "grammatica dei documenti" is the starting point. The teacher is a mentor and leads his adult pupils, well aware of the fallacious news that can be found on the web and willing to not fall into traps.