Does Social Media Make You (and Your Students) More Self-Aware?

There is an interesting post What is a Learning Technologist (part 9): Ignorance is bliss? which makes a good argument for social media. The author of this blog post, David Hopkins states that regardless of whether anyone comments on his blog, regardless of whether anyone even reads the blog, just by publishing, by contributing to Twitter or Google+ or LinkedIn or Facebook, or some form of public platform you are thinking and learning more than if you operate in a vacuum, all alone. He quotes Semple, 2011, from “Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do: a Manager’s Guide to the Social Web” stating:

“There is something about the process of blogging that makes you more self-aware. You become more thoughtful about yourself and your place in the world. In the reactions of others to your writing you get a different perspective, possibly for the first time, on how others see you.”

I think David is right. When we share out with our colleagues and when our colleagues respond with comments or links or photos, we’re engaged thinkers. We begin to establish our personal learning environment, our connections to others that help shape our thinking, revise our opinions, and shape our ideas.

I’d love to hear from you– what are the tools in your personal learning environment that make you a better learner, that engage you, and make you question and think, or as David puts it, more “self-aware”?


  1. Thanks for this post and, more importantly, agreeing with me 🙂 You never know when or if what you blog / think / reflect either makes sense to anyone else other than yourself, so to hear you and others have the same opinion brings a warm fuzziness to my day.

    I have known individuals who strive and struggle to better themselves in their role but refuse to engage outside of their office /intranet environment … how can they possibly grow if they are so locked into a closed environment?

    What do you think?

    All the best, David

    • Lori Cheezem on April 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I agree with both of these posts 100 percent! Now, how do you convince a company or an institution to realize that time spent reading and responding to postings are not necessarily a waste of time, but a learning opportunity?

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