The Childnet International report claims that social networking sites can provide many opportunities for learning system collaboration. It includes an evaluation tool, which walks educators through key features of sites they may be considering using to support their learning systems.
“In addition to providing a whole community with useful information about a school, college, organization or event, a social networking profile sends a clear message to learners that you are aware of the types of spaces they enjoy online,” the report states.
Using sites like Facebook and Bebo, schools could help students develop “e-portfolios” where learners can record their achievements and collect examples of their work. In addition, LMS and classroom educators can use social networking services to set up groups that “semi-formalize” students’ online communications and “document discussions and milestones as they go.”
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