Social Learning Platform

Phase
Trough of Disillusionment
UMN Assessment
Lagging
Time Frame
Less Than 2 Years
Last Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Social learning platforms seek to inject elements of social media—such as microblogging, tagging, chatting, and related technologies—into the learning and/or content management systems that are currently in use throughout many higher education institutions.

As the use of social media has become ubiquitous, and the number of online course offerings has grown, learners expect the tools they are accustomed to using, and the ways in which they interact with peers and instructors using those tools, will also be available in online learning spaces. Through the use of such tools and means of interacting, learners work together to understand course content, solve problems, and co-create knowledge and meaning. Gartner's outlook on social learning platforms posits that "educational institutions that do not have systems for learning and content management, or that are looking to consolidate multiple learning applications, should add support for a social learning platform as an important evaluation criterion."

Resources

  • 07/24/14

    Related Research

    J.D. Bransford, A.L. Brown, and R.R. Cocking (eds.). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School.