Social media is a platform that increases and enhances real time information sharing. Social media and collaboration tools are the online channels through which people transfer knowledge, personal opinions in text, audio and video formats to other internet users. With the emergence of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, social media as a knowledge sharing platform has become very popular.
Social and collaborative tools help team members to easily interact and build ideas with their peers. The interface of the Social and collaborations tools is usually easy and intuitive to navigate.
Here are some of the social and collaboration tools that support learning:
- Wikis, a collaboration tool, allows learners to create new pages and easily make changes on existing ones by using the plain text html forms.
- Facebook is a social networking platform that allows one to connect with people, share information and interests.
- Google Docs is widely known as document collaboration tool and it allows learners to work on spreadsheets, presentations and documents either individually or collaboratively.
- Twitter is a micro blogging tool and creates a dynamic learning experience helping people connect with each other around the world.
- Writeboard is a free collaborative software where learners’ can view updates, edit, and track changes in real-time.
- Forums also help in collaborative learning and are useful for posting queries and sharing material through which, learners can seek advice on various issues or situations.
Platforms such as LinkedIn, Google+, Tweet deck, Dim-Dim (an open source meeting platform), Mind Meister (a Web Based design tool that helps learners in collaborating mental diagrams) support learners in different ways.
Social media as a learning tool empowers learners with just-in-time learning. If you need some information or an opinion, all you need to do is to type it on your Facebook wall or discussion forums and you will soon be inundated with responses and suggestions. Collaboration tools such as Google docs, Writeboard or Wikis have the ability to facilitate strong communication and interaction among learners. Social media has metamorphosed into a platform for augmenting knowledge by sharing and accessing information that is being shared by peers.