Social Media for Trainers

Techniques for Enhancing and Extending Learning

by Jane Bozarth

Number of pages: 192

Publisher: Pfeiffer

BBB Library: Education, Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 9780470631065

About the Author

Bozarth is an international trainer, and author. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, has an M.Ed. in Training and Development, and completed her doctorate in Training and Development in 2008. She is the author of "Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning with PowerPoint" and "From Analysis to Evaluation."


Editorial Review

New social media technologies and strategies provide quick, easy solutions to many of the challenges faced by workplace training practitioners. Social media vehicles such as Twitter and Facebook, for example, can help trainers build learning communities, facilitate quick assignments, offer updates or follow-up tips, and otherwise extend the reach of the formal training event. Social Media for Trainers is the first how-to guide on the incorporation of social networking techniques into a trainer's repertoire. It covers the most popular Web 2.0 tools for instructor-created content (blogs), community-created content (wikis), micro-blogging (Twitter), and community sharing and interaction (Facebook), all with detailed instruction on conducting several training/training-related activities.

Book Reviews

"In seven chapters, Bozarth covers the basics of social media and the most accessible of the social media .."Learning Solutions Magazine

"Jane Bozarth’s new book is a resource that provides tips, techniques and activities for incorporating social media into your training. " Activate Learning

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Wisdom to Share

For successful social learning projects, we must remember that we’re dealing with people, with needs, desires, other priorities, and varying levels of confidence.

Most social software projects start with the aim of encouraging creativity, knowledge sharing, and collaboration

Learners tweeting from a training class or a conference can provide key points so co-workers who aren’t attending can follow along.

Nothing else you do; lesson planning, careful design, and thoughtful choice of technologies, will matter if your learners struggle through the training.

Effective use of social media in training can provide additional support for sustaining new learning and transferring formal training back to the workplace.

Also, if you take trainees to offsite locations for long times, set up a twitter account so partners, and children can keep with what’s going on.

Also, if you take trainees to offsite locations for long times, set up a twitter account so partners, and children can keep with what’s going on.

The effective use of social media strategies to supplement, or use in place of, traditional training endeavors can provide a big payoff for both learners and trainers.

Learning to leverage social media tools is critical to the future of training.

The possibilities for uses of social media to create community and collaboration are dazzling, although the array of tools and their applications can seem daunting.

The term social media refers to online material produced by the public, distinct from content produced by professional writers, journalists, or generated by the industrial or mass media.