Simon Vaughan’s SocialStudent featured in InformationWeek article on student collaboration
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With all the hype surrounding MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and the potential for education moving off campus, InformationWeek has decided to look at another trend digital technology is unlocking for students: the ability to network online with other students at the school.
A number of schools, including Northwestern and Milwaukee School of Engineering, are developing their own social networks to offer coverage to students at every step of their education experience, whether it be during admission, during their course or as alumni.
As David Carr points out in the article, the SocialStudent project developed by Simon Vaughan, IBM Champion and Deputy IT Director at Cardiff University in the UK, allows students to access the rich collaboration capabilities within IBM Connections, whether it be wikis, blogs, forums or the other components.
The site has proved popular in Simon’s native UK and is currently preparing to launch in the US.