November 2012

TOPIC: Leveraging Social Media for Learning: A Case Study and Many Stories in One-Hundred Words

Date: Monday, November 12, 2012


6:00 – 6:30 pm:Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting



Appropriate use of social media for learning and development can greatly enhance or supplement traditional or formal training in organization or educational institutions. Social media can provide a vehicle to continue conversations beyond the confines of the training rooms. Social media can facilitate an online community of practice to keep professionals up-to-date on recent trends, tools, and research. This presentation will present a few cases on how social media can be used to leverage learning, and it will invite participants to share their stories.

This presentation consists of two parts. Part one is a 45-minute presentation on how social media are utilized to promote learning at U.S. Bank. Come and see how U.S. Bank has incorporated internal social media into various business processes, including a virtual classroom application, and the benefits achieved. Kara will also share best practices and how to help your employees adopt similar tools.

Part two is a round-table discussion for anyone who would like to share a one-hundred word story on the best practice, success stories, or the do’s and don’ts of social media for learning in organizations. During the second part of the presentation, participants will read their one-hundred-word story first and then open for Q&A. If you are interested, please post your 100-word story to this blog by leaving a comment prior to the November 12 presentation.



Kara Francis is the enterprise collaboration lead for U.S. Bank, responsible for managing two of their internal social collaboration tools and helping employees and teams embrace social business. She assists teams in leveraging social media to solve business problems and improve processes, communication, learning, and employee engagement. She previously was an e-learning instructional designer and business systems analyst. She has a B.S. in Business Management Information Systems from Brigham Young University, a M.Ed. in Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois, and a M.Ed in Instructional Technology from the University of Minnesota.

C. Candace Chou is an associate professor of Learning Technology at the Department of Organization Learning and Development at the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii. She has been designing and implementing online and blended learning for more than a decade. She teaches courses on instructional design for E-Learning, online teaching and evaluation, and web-based curriculum. She administers the E-Learning Certificate and Master of Arts in Technology for Learning, Development, and Change program. Her main research interests include design of distance learning environments, strategies of blended learning, pedagogy of immersive learning, and online interactions. She has been utilizing social media for learning and teaching activities for the past five years.

Dee Anne Bonebright is the Director of Systemwide Training for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Prior to this position, she was an organizational effectiveness consultant at the University of Minnesota. She has been designing and delivering classroom training for more than 15 years, and is a more recent convert to online and blended learning. She is looking forward to learning together this year with other members of the DLF.