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Social media did not create social learning

People around neolithic campfire
Date: 22 Jan, 2020
I have been fascinated by the number of articles and blog posts I see which seem to equate social learning with social media. There are many who seem to think that social learning didn’t exist before Twitter. Of course it did. It has been a predominant form of learning for the human species since we became human a long, long time ago. There are many theories about why Homo sapiens replaced the Neanderthals. Most of them include the idea that homo sapiens won the day through its superior ability to collaborate, innovate and learn. The fundamental ways that we learnt in our early cave-dwelling days are still the same ways that we learn today. These are experiential learning, observational learning, and social learning. And these are the primary components of informal learning whether it is taking place in our personal lives or at work. Evolution has hardwired us to learn this way and we are very, very good at it. To be sure our modern way of life and the ...
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