Social Media Gives Social Learning a Bad Name

If you are presenting a case for defining social learning in organizations and you bring up Foursquare, you've lost all credibility with me. Bring that up with a CEO and you might get laughed out of the room.

Don't get me wrong...I love Foursquare. I checked in to Beaver Creek Resort just the other day. And I might even be a Mayor somewhere.

I'm just saying that if we want to have serious conversations about social learning, we need to stop talking about the social networks we use with so much gusto in our personal lives.

We should not equate social media with social learning, but instead ground the discussion of social learning in the science of learning and collaboration. And in people learning from each other in the context of their work. And in making those interactions as frictionless as possible.

Is that too much to ask?