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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Social Media in Adult Learning: online discussion

by Zsolt Vincze
Language: EN
Document available also in: ET SV SL LV FI


Social Media in Adult Learning

As part of EPALE's February focus on Social Media, the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) will hold a two-day online discussion focusing on the use of Social Media in our field of work.

The discussion open to everyone will start at 12 a.m. CET on Monday, February 26th and its moderation will end on Tuesday, February 27that 17 p.m. Moderator: EBSN Secretary General Graciela Sbertoli.

We are interested in the use of Social Media both as an arena for the creation of successful communities of practice among adult learning stakeholders and as a learning tool which can become a vital component in basic skills training courses.

We are looking forward to reading your answers to these questions:

  1. How can Social Media be used to create useful and efficient Communities of Practice for professionals involved in basic skills training programs? What are the success criteria for the creation of such interaction arenas?
  2. How can Social Media be integrated as a learning tool in basic skills training provision? What elements need to be present to make such an integration efficient, motivating and ultimately successful?

We also hope that participants in the online discussion will contribute (short) descriptions and links to examples of existing Communities of Practice for staff (question 1) or training programs that make use of Social Media as a learning component (question 2).

In preparation for the discussion we recommend that you read these blog articles and check these resources already published on Epale:

Read the entire discussion here!


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  • RASA POCEVIČIENĖ's picture
    I'd like to join you also. How to do this?
  • Graciela Sbertoli's picture
    INhere it says "Please join the discussion here!" The discussion is on

  • RASA POCEVIČIENĖ's picture
    Social media not only expanded our ability to receive, organize, disseminate information, and also to do so very quickly and over long distances. They also expanded our learning opportunities, but at the same time highlighted the need for new competencies, including learning.

    The application of ICT, social media in the teaching / learning process changes the model itself. The traditional roles of the teacher and the learner are replaced by new, because in e-teaching / learning environment, the learner must not only work independently, but more and more often he or she has to define learning objectives, methods and activities. Consequently, both the learner and the teacher are faced with the need to acquire new competencies. In this regard, one of the key competencies in determining the success of a learning process and its outcomes is the ability to manage their learning or self-directed learning competence.
  • Silvija Karklina's picture
    I will be very much pleased to join Graciela in the discussion. Please let me know of the direct link so that I can also contribute to the event.
  • Graciela Sbertoli's picture
    The link will appear on this page Monday morning, just before the start of the discussion. Delighted to know that you will join us!