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Hybridisation of social networking and learning environments

Glover, I. & Oliver, A. (2008). Hybridisation of social networking and learning environments. In: Luca, J. & Weippl, E. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008. (pp. 4951-4958). EdITLib.


Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in Online Social Networking, both in terms of the number of web sites that offer this service and the number of users of those sites. A key aspect of Online Social Networks is that the content is user created and edited/commented upon by other users. The benefits of this type of co-operation and collaboration on the learning process have long been recognised and steps have been taken to introduce these aspects into Managed/Virtual Learning Environments. However, the social aspects of these environments are generally restricted to people with an official affiliation with the hosting organisation. This paper discusses the StudyNet MLE developed by the University of Hertfordshire and the drivers behind a project to integrate social networking aspects to the system and widening access beyond the traditional community. The paper concludes with the vision for the new, more social StudyNet and some general implementation details from the early stages of the project.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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