NINE LEARNING CHALLENGES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSFOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS Based on Stephen Preskill and Stephen Brookfield, Learning as a way of leading: Lfh lf lLessons from the struggle for social justice (To be published in 2008 by Jossey(To be published in 2008 by Jossey--Bass)Bass) Social Learning Theory Learning is a remarkably complex process that is influenced by a wide variety of factors. As most parents are probably very much aware, observation can play a critical role in determining how and what children learn. As the saying goes, kids are very much like sponges, soaking up the experiences they have each and every day. Mark Pelling and Chris High, Social Learning and Adaptation to Climate Change Benfield Hazard Research Centre, Disaster Studies Working Paper 11 (June 2005) acknowledging the influence of social institutions in sanctioning and legitimising the use of power between individuals and so adaptive outcomes. 2.1 Institutions The OERu hosts its own social learning network using mastodon.oeru.org for course specific activities and a backchannel for our learning community. A backchannel is a networked conversation that runs alongside the primary course conversations.