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Virtual Professional Development and Informal Learning via Social Networks

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People are increasingly engaged in profession-related learning via social networks supported by Web 2.0 tools. Some of these informal online learners are already actively engaged in a profession, whereas others are preparing to enter a profession. Their online interactions enhance their formal education and face-to-face professional experiences<br><b>Virtual Professional Development and Informal Learning via Social Networks</b> will examine how individuals and organizations are using Web 2.0 tools to create informal learning and professional development opportunities. Informal learning is learning which occurs outside of a formal educational context, typically driven by a personal question or an immediate need. In other instances, informal learning may occur as a by-product of other social interactions. In this context, we focus on informal learning that occurs through online social networks on a voluntary basis. Professional development, then, is defined as learning that will enhance one's job-related knowledge or career growth. This book is perfectly suited for academics and practitioners as it is written in a manner that is clearly accessible and includes implications for practice. <br>

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Section 1: Overview and Issues: Virtual Professional Development and Informal Learning via Social Networks
    1. Chapter 1: Professional Development through Web 2.0 Collaborative Applications
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CHALLENGES TO COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS
      4. COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS
      5. FUTURE OF COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Web 2.0, the Individual, and the Organization
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE LANDSCAPE OF INFORMAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE CLOUD
      4. ISSUES WHEN INFORMAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS IN THE CLOUD
      5. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INFORMAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE CLOUD
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Turn On Your Mobile Devices
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. GENERAL BACKGROUND OF MOBILE LEARNING
      4. DEFINING MOBILE LEARNING
      5. INFORMAL LEARNING AND MOBILE LEARNING
      6. EDUCATIONAL THEORIES BEHIND INFORMAL MOBILE LEARNING
      7. EFFECTIVENESS AND CONSIDERATIONS OF INFORMAL MOBILE LEARNING ACTIVITIES
      8. LEARNER’S ANALYSIS
      9. LEARNING GOALS
      10. LEARNING ACTIVITIES
      11. DATA COLLECTION AND EVALUATION METHODS
      12. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
  9. Section 2: Lenses and Approaches
    1. Chapter 4: An Activity Theoretical Approach to Examining Virtual Professional Development and Informal Learning via Social Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE ROLE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
      4. DEFINING ACTIVITY THEORY
      5. APPLYING THE ACTIVITY THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 5: Applying Social Network Analysis and Social Capital in Personal Learning Environments of Informal Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
      4. SOCIAL CAPITAL IN LEARNING NETWORKS
      5. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 6: Linguistic Aspects of Informal Learning in Corporate Online Social Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS
      4. ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS: HISTORY AND BASIC CHARACTERISTICS
      5. ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS IN ORGANIZATIONS
      6. INFORMAL LEARNING: BASIC CHARACTERISTICS
      7. INFORMAL LEARNING IN CORPORATE SETTINGS
      8. LINGUISTIC ASPECTS OF INFORMAL LEARNING IN CORPORATE SETTINGS
      9. HOMOPHILY VS. HETEROPHILY IN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS
      10. LINGUISTIC HOMOPHILY AND HETEROPHILY IN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS
      11. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      12. CONCLUSION
  10. Section 3: Cases and Research in Higher Education
    1. Chapter 7: Creating Ongoing Online Support Communities through Social Networks to Promote Professional Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. TRANSFORMING AN ONLINE COURSE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
      5. SURVEY: USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMAL LEARNING
      6. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 8: Developing Professional Competencies through International Peer Learning Communities
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. LEARNING COMMUNITIES: HOW DO THEY WORK IN PRACTICE
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 9: Use of Social Network Analysis to Create and Foster Interdisciplinary Research, Projects, and Grants among Faculty
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. USING SOCIAL NETWORKS AMONG FACULTY
      4. CREATION OF A SOCIAL NETWORK
      5. METHOD
      6. FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. INITIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 10: Social Media as a Learning Tool in Medical Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. SOCIAL MEDIA, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND LEARNING THEORIES
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. RESULTS
      7. CONCLUSION
  11. Section 4: Cases and Research Regarding Pre- and In-Service Teachers
    1. Chapter 11: It’s All about Personal Connections
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RESEARCH METHODS
      5. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
      6. IMPLICATIONS AND DISCUSSION
      7. LIMITATIONS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 12: Online Mentoring as a Tool for Professional Development and Change of Novice and Experienced Teachers
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MENTORSHIP AS A TOOL FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
      4. THE ONLINE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM OF THE “PORTAL DOS PROFESSORES” (UFSCAR)
      5. RESULTS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 13: An Analysis of Teacher Knowledge and Emotional Sharing in a Teacher Blog Community
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      4. METHOD
      5. RESULTS
      6. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
  12. Section 5: Cases and Research in the Workplace
    1. Chapter 14: Twitter-Based Knowledge Sharing in Professional Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. METHOD
      5. FINDINGS
      6. DISCUSSION
    2. Chapter 15: Story-Based Professional Development
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WIKI DESIGN, SURVEY DESIGN, AND WIKI IMPLEMENTATION
      4. RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. Appendix A: Conflict Management Wiki Home Page
      8. Appendix B: Conflict Management Wiki Share Your Story Page
      9. Appendix C: Survey
    3. Chapter 16: Dermatological Telemedicine Diagnoses and Andragogical Training Using Web 2.0 Mobile Medicine Video Conferencing
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WEB 2.0 AND MOBILE MEDICINE SOCIAL NETWORKING
      4. TELEMEDICINE
      5. HEALTHCARE EDUCATION PROTOCOLS
      6. THE ANDRAGOGY OF MEDICAL LEARNING THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING
      7. APPLYING THE DYNAMIC RHETORICAL TRIANGLE TO THE PRAXIS OF MOBILE MEDICINE: A CASE STUDY
      8. CONCLUSION
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Contributors
  15. Index