The SNAP Platform: social networking for academic purposes

Kirkwood, Keith (2010) The SNAP Platform: social networking for academic purposes. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 27 (3). pp. 118-126. ISSN 1065-0741


Purpose The paper introduces an enterprise-wide Web 2.0 learning support platform—SNAP—developed at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Design/methodology/approach Pointing to the evolution of the social web, the paper discusses the potential for the development of e-learning platforms that employ constructivist, connectivist, and participatory pedagogies and actively engage the student population. Social networking behaviours and peer-learning strategies, along with knowledge management through guided folksonomies, provide the backbone of a social systems approach to learning support. Findings Development of a cloud-based read-write enterprise platform can extend the responsiveness of the learning institution to its students and to future e-learning innovations. Originality/value The full potential of e-learning platforms for the development of learning communities of practice can now be increasingly realised. The SNAP Platform is a step in this direction. Keywords: Communities, E-learning, Students, Knowledge sharing, Educational innovation, Australia Article Type: Conceptual paper

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DOI 10.1108/10650741011054429
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Historical > FOR Classification > 2001 Communication and Media Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > CEDS
Keywords communities, E-learning, students, knowledge sharing, educational innovation, Australia
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