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Learning Management Systems that leverage the social web and crowd-sourcing technologies
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Duncanville teams up with firm to open 3D virtual technology school

Duncanville teams up with firm to open 3D virtual technology school | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
The city and California-based Eon Reality will celebrate the grand opening of the Duncanville Entrepreneurial School on Thursday.
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3D virtual schools can open the way to so many learning experiences that we haven't even conceptualized.  As youtube has expanded our 2D video learning, just think of the 3D learning possibilities. Eon Reality is moving in the right direction.  I hope our state begins such an initiative too. 

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New report evaluates digital courseware's impact on student learning - eCampus News

New report evaluates digital courseware's impact on student learning - eCampus News | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
A new report assesses digital courseware to understand what is required for digital courseware to produce positive student learning outcomes at scale.
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Instructional design and engaging activities for online courses make a difference in student learning
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Coursera Hires Former Yale President as Its Chief Executive

Coursera Hires Former Yale President as Its Chief Executive | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
Richard C. Levin brings international business savvy and academic bona fides to the MOOC company.
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Pearson 2012 Social Media Survey - How does it impact a Social Learning Management System of the future?

Pearson 2012 Social Media Survey - How does it impact a Social Learning Management System of the future? | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it

Pearson study indicates the Top barriers to using social media by higher education faculty.

 

1. Integrity of student submissions

2. Privacy

3. Separate course and personal accounts

4. Grading and assessment

5. Inability to measure effectiveness

6. Lack of integration with LMS

7. Takes too much time to learn or use

8. Lack of support at my institution

 

I'm still trying to wrap my head around how the "integrity of student submissions" is different than if social media wasn't used. ideas?  While these barriers were specifically for Social Media, it is an indicator of parallel issues of an SLMS and also provides a pulse of the likelihood faculty would adopt or use a Social Learning Management System.

 

Other key takeaways, 

1. Twitter use was lowest of social media by faculty for personal, teaching or professional use.

2. Blogs and Wikis were the only major social media tools used in teaching.

3. Video was universally used with 88% faculty using in class sessions, 79% assigning students to watch videos, and 25% requiring students to create a video (nice)!

 

Finally, one fact stood out that I hadn't expected.  68% of faculty relied on the recommendations of other faculty when selecting video content to use in their course while only 25% used online ratings and comments to make that decision.  It makes perfect sense that faculty would trust direct peer recommendations more than the online ratings and comments in general. Perhaps the next step for a hypothetical Social Learning management Systems of the future is that faculty could easily see videos or other content that their peers are using.  This is certainly done in the realms of facebook, where it tells you what your friends liked or which apps they are using. It certianly increases the likeliness it could be useful as a resource. That might supplement direct faculty recommendations nicely!

 

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Major players in online education market - The Tech

Major players in online education market - The Tech | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
With most new markets comes competition, as is the case with online education.

 

It will be interesting to see how much "Social" Learning is incorporated into these MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses) this Fall.  Sign-up!  Let me know what you think.

 

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EdX: The Future of Online Education is Now

EdX is a not-for-profit joint venture between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to offer online versions of their classes and ...

 

This can be nothing other than a Social Learning Management System

 

"Features will include: self-paced learning, online discussion groups, wiki-based collaborative learning, assessment of learning as a student progresses through a course, and online laboratories."

 

Learn more at http://www.edxonline.org/ ;

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Facebook Launches Groups for Schools -- Campus Technology

Facebook has unveiled Groups for Schools to connect students and faculty at colleges and universities.
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A social, mobile student portfolio

A social, mobile student portfolio | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
I read this recent blog post about using Evernote as a student portfolio and thought to myself, this is brilliant. For those not familiar with Evernote, it's a notetaking app on steroids. Evernote works on practically every platform and syncs all your notes to any of your devices automagically (similar to Dropbox). This means students can write anywhere, take a picture with their mobile phone, record sound, (video capture only for premium users, but you can easily link to a video on you tube it something else). As they capture their content, their Evernote portfolios can easily be shared for review. So, this all has me thinking whether Evernote or similarly tool might just be the right fit for addressing the need for Student portfolios in the SLMS of the future!

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First Massively Multiplayer Online Math Social Learning Game ...

First Massively Multiplayer Online Math Social Learning Game Unveiled to Ed-Tech Community at ISTE 2011.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 27, 2011. Today at ISTE 2011, the first web-based massively multiplayer online ...
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Collaboration To Enhance Medical Education Through Social Learning Initiative

"On March 3, 2011, Johns Hopkins, San Lucas Medical and MDSNe Announced a Collaboration to Enhance Medical Education Through a Social Learning Initiative to Increase Factual and Procedural Knowledge of European and US-based Oncologists Who Treat Minority Women With Breast Cancer"

 

This collaboration appears to leverage Medikly, a company that builds social tools for healthcare.   Medikly has a product called Kampus that offers a Social Learning platform, which is likely powering the initiative noted in this article.   At the time of this writing, the http://www.getkampus.com/tour/ website didn't appear to be robust or display correctly on several of its pages, so I'm not sure if we can take this company seriously at this point, but it does appear to be a platform offering Social Learning Management features.

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ScholarLocker

ScholarLocker | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
For your med school needs: find files, information, and answers!

 

Harvard Medical School students launch version 2.0 of their medical education social learning site.  The site, popular among Harvard Medical School students, is expanding to other university medical schools and is destined to become a major online medical education learning community that curates, rates and ranks medical knowledge.

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Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
Active learning may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.

 

Mazur's teaching style and research further confirms the direction of more social and interactive Learning Management Systems.   The traditional LMS of primarily being a one-way content delivery system of course resources, video lectures, event calendar and assignments rather than a fully socially interactive environment between faculty, students and the larger learning network are coming to an end.    That's not to say there won't still be aspects of "content delivery" in the traditional sense, but interactive communication and resource curration by students and the larger learning community will likely become a more central focus than before where students will learn at least as much from the community as they will from faculty.

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Duke School of Medicine embraces Team-Based Learning

The Duke University School of Medicine has begun incorporating team-based learning into its medical curriculum to help better prepare future physicians for t...

 

A New Social LMS could support Team Based-Learning with tools to easily form adhoc groups, share ideas and resources...

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Twitter launches two much-needed new tools for video shoots and group chats

Twitter launches two much-needed new tools for video shoots and group chats | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
Forget timeline curation. Twitter's new features make the platform more appealing for both power users and newcomers.
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Twitter's new direct messaging groups is a great tool for communication within small education groups (limit is 20 people)
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Google Apps for education users get "Google Classroom" -Getting Started

Google Apps for education users get "Google Classroom" -Getting Started | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
When we first heard about the new LMS that Google was developing there was a widespread state of excitement – hoping that those who use Google Apps for Education and Google Drive would be rejoicing in the seamless integration of their services with...
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Appears to offer a simple interface that easily integrates with the Google suite. Getting started looks like a piece of cake.
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Social learning requires motivation - 5 Tips To Be a Motivated Learner in 2013

Udacity offers tips on motivating yourself to learn. It's a key component to social learning!
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Fox School of Business builds a social community learning environment

Fox School of Business builds a social community learning environment | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it

The Fox School of Business at Temple University created an online learning environment that uses custom WordPress templates to create an online learning environment where content can be shared with the community, anyone can contribute, students can post their porfolios online, and students can co-create content with their instructors.

 

You can watch the video of this presentation by David Schuff, Associate Professor, Temple University using the link below: http://events.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/a38e54e1122448a2abeafa69a845480a1d?catalog=89327f30-1936-43f4-ba1b-8cfcc310cdc0 

 

or check out their site by http://community.mis.temple.edu/ or check out a specific courses at:

http://community.mis.temple.edu/blogs ;

 

Overall, I really like their approach of extending the classroom with the community.   I believe that having students participate with the online community at large and the involvement from the community can offer a more enriching learning opportunity.

 

 


 

 

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SharePoint as a Social LMS? I'm not convinced yet.

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presentation on social learning using SharePoint with an assessment tool.

Out of the box, SharePoint is not an LMS, but through customization or add-ons, functionality can be added that enable it to become one.

I don't believe this presentation makes a strong case for Social Learning with SharePoint, but if you already have SharePoint and are looking to leverage it for learning using assessment tools, this can be helpful and has links to resources that may be helpful.
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Learning Beyond: 2012 Social Learning Summit

Learning Beyond: 2012 Social Learning Summit | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
One-day virtual conference held as a partnership of Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educator Network. Sessions recorded Saturday, April 21 -- recordings accessible here. The conference theme was the use of social media ...
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The Joomla LMS integrates with a new version of Social Networking Software

 JomSocial just launched a new version of its social software that integrates with the Joomla LMS.  I didn't realized that Joomla was this far a long with LMS features.  Check out their LMS features and client list. Given their large Content Management System install base, institutions could leverage their internal knowledge of Joomla assuming  the LMS features meet faculty and student expectations.

 

http://www.joomlalms.com/features/

 

http://www.joomlalms.com/joomlalms-references/clients-list.html

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Twitter 101: Best Practices in Using Twitter in the Classroom Infographic | Social Media in Higher Education

Twitter 101: Best Practices in Using Twitter in the Classroom Infographic | Social Media in Higher Education | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it
As we begin to see evidence as Reynol Junco provides from two studies about twitter use, I wonder if one feature of a social LMS is to simply have an tweet function integrated into the LMS or simply have a way to aggregate and display tweets for a given tag(s) so all topics and content feed would be displayed in the context of the course and archived with the course.
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MITx 6002x Introduction course is underway!

Taught by Anant Agarwal, with Gerald Sussman and Piotr Mitros, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is an on-line adaption of 6.002, MIT's first undergraduate a...

 

Also, here is a link to a blog that shows the course's interface.

http://www.mura.org/2012/03/6-002x-video-first-impressions/

 

It's hard to see much of anything innovative here, but I'll keep looking for more details of its social features.  Stay tuned...

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TOPYX Social LMS is a SLMS for businesses and schools

TOPYX Social LMS is a SLMS for businesses and schools | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it

"TOPYX is a revolutionary social LMS eLearning software with integrated social learning."

 

This SaaS Social Learning Management System is  worth a closer look with all aspects of a traditional LMS plus the social components like web conferencing, multi-person chat, collaboration and community features.  I couldn't find any clear demonstrations of the features on the web, but I'll get a demo and see what this is all about!  If you have used or seen it, please share your experience.

 

Here's a link to more about TOPYX features. 

http://www.getapp.com/topyx-application#overview-tab 

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Students buy, sell notes online - LSU The Reveille

Students buy, sell notes onlineLSU The ReveilleShe reached her classmates to advertise her notes using Moodle e-mail. "The goal is to help other students out," Clement said. Getting hired as a note-taker was a relatively easy process, Clement said.

 

Notehall.com buys and sells student lecture notes, but does sharing notes help students learn?  Does this amount to some social learning?

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MITx Opens Enrollment for First Interactive Online Course; Pilot Certificates Will Be Free - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MITx Opens Enrollment for First Interactive Online Course; Pilot Certificates Will Be Free - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Social Learning Management Systems | Scoop.it

This Marks the first course offered by the new MITx course platform.  The platform is expected to offer gaming style interaction, automated evaluation (possibly crowdsourced grading), and badging(http://chronicle.com/article/Badges-Earned-Online-Pose/130241/).

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