- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470631066
- ISBN-13: 978-0470631065
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From the Back Cover
A how-to resource for incorporating social media into training
Whether you work in a traditional or virtual classroom, social media can broaden your reach and increase the impact of training. In Social Media for Trainers, e-learning and new media expert Jane Bozarth provides an overview of popular tools, including blogs, wikis, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SlideShare, Flickr, and others. You'll learn to leverage each medium's unique features and applications to deliver training, facilitate discussions, and extend learning beyond the confines of a training event. This key resource offers a new set of powerful tools for augmenting and enhancing the value of your training.
PRAISE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TRAINERS
"Clear explanations and practical examples of the use of social media for learning, make this book essential reading for all workplace trainers."
?Jane Hart, founder, Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, and founding member of the Internet Time Alliance
"... a practical, intelligent book teaching trainers how to effectively utilize technology for real learning outcomes."
?Karl Kapp, professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University and author of Learning in 3D and Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning
"Trainers who want to succeed in the new social learning world should read this book. Jane has made social media easy, practical, and simple to use."
?Ray Jimenez, PhD, Chief Learning Architect, VignettesLearning.com
About the Author
Jane Bozarth, Ed.D., is an internationally known trainer, speaker, and author. She is the author of Pfeiffer's E-Learning Solutions on A Shoestring; Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning with PowerPoint; From Analysis to Evaluation, and, with Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner, The Challenge Continues. In addition to her work as Elearning Coordinator for the state of North Carolina, USA, Dr. Bozarth is the Social Media Strategist of InSync Training, LLC and she is also a moderator of a number of popular Twitter real-time #lrnchat sessions.
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On page 21, Jane encourages the reader to "walk the talk" and make strides towards being The Networked Trainer. She includes a graphic that I think really shows what the book and social media are all about. It's about you. It's about the whole you. (You'll have to get the book to see it. Not sure about permissions and I have scanner issues. Mea culpa.)
This image, it shows you as the hub in wheel of social media. What I like most about it is that various spokes several multiple purposes. There's spokes on Twitter, LinkedIn, Videos, Images, Conferences, Resources. Let's look at this wheel.
--These spokes can be for your learners. As in, this is your class: "here class go watch this video...connect to each other on LinkedIn...meet me in the conference room Tuesday at 3pm."
--These spokes can be for you. As in, this is your informal learning and professional development plan: "I need feedback on my wild ice breaker idea...I need to store resources on my fav topic...I need to see what others are doing!"
Social Media for Trainers can fit you where you are now. Ready to bring it into class? Great! There are techniques. Ready to build yourself? Great! It can help you with that too. Too scared of Twitter? No worries, the book is segmented so you can read just the chapters that you are ready for. Best of all, Jane offers practical, real world examples with pictures!
I thought I was networked. I've got Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Delicious, WebEx, IM, Flickr & Picassa, and this blog. I learned about Google Wave, wikis, mashups, slide share, and ways to host an online classroom without Blackboard. Wow. So much to learn!
Jane walks the reader through useful ways that a trainer can use social media to enhance and extend any training event or learning experience. The examples are not only useful, they are ideas one can implement almost immediately. There are so many great ideas that I tweeted that I was running out of margin space and ink as I took notes on all the good ideas I want to implement.
Trainers should devour this book. Instructional designers better implement the ideas from this book into their course designs or else. In fact, I would say that an instructional designer should not design another class without implementing the ideas in this book. It is that important to improving the effectiveness of training.
After reading this book, you will know exactly how to use Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, and Wikis to improve learner engagement in your training sessions and ultimately, performance on the job after training. Not only will you know exactly how to use these tools, but I suspect you will also know when to use each one.
This book is not for reading, it is for using. Bring a well-sharpened pencil or new pen.