Goal-Setting enhances learning by providing a sense of direction and purpose. Often only a few goals are suggested, as a result many learners fail to find the goals that they can relate to. To address this problem, we propose to extract a large number and variety of goals from social media. Learners can then observe goal-based messages from others and adopt the ones they find useful. Conceptually, proposed approach could be considered a combination of Goal-Setting and Observational Learning. To provide a practical implementation, we automate this process by (1) retrieving a large number of messages from Twitter, (2) classifying which of the messages contain goals, (3) determining what those goals are.
S. Louvigné, N. Rubens, F. Anma, and T. Okamoto, “Utilizing Social Media for Observational Goal Setting”, IASTED Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE), 2012, vol. 774, pp. 205-210.