The Open University’s SocialLearn platform is still moving along. They seem to be replicating a lot of things that are available already in elgg. I am sure they had good reasons to start from scratch , but it would be interesting to talk to the development team and find out why they haven’t picked up on an existing platform, rather than re-inventing the wheel on a number of counts.
It will be interesting to see if they release the platform open source, or if it will only be a cloud service – and if the second what the eligibility for access will be.
They have a walk through video available which gives a good idea of where they are heading with the platform.
Given our interest in online communities and social learning we will certainly be watching this space …
Glen Davies is the IT Manager at CORE Education, and responsible for the IT infrastructure for CORE's geographically dispersed workforce. His passion is finding ways to incorporate technology into teaching, learning, and online collaboration.
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