Teachers’ Informal Learning via Social Networking Technology

Radzuwan Ab Rashid, Mohd Firdaus Yahaya, Mohd Fazry A Rahman, Kamariah Yunus, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (IJET), Oct 29, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've talked about the way teachers use informal learning for a long time, so it's good to see discussion of this trend in the formal literature. "This research attempts to investigate how teachers engage in informal learning for their professional development when using Social Networking Site (SNS) technology." At this point, it is true that a "social networking site, such as Facebook is a potential platform to engage teachers in informal learning for their professional development." But I wouldn't depend on these over the long term; we need a social network, not a social network site. "Content knowledge is the most frequently exchanged knowledge on the teachers’ Timelines (33%, n=35). This is followed by knowledge of curriculum (25%, n=26), general pedagogical knowledge (16%, n=17), knowledge of learners and their characteristics (14%, n=15), and knowledge of educational contexts (11%, n=12)."

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