Social Media to Identify Dropouts?

Interesting study from the University of Leicester into social media use of students on a particular course (with Google +!): At the end of the term, the students had contributed thousands of posts. Some had happily used the site to share information about their course with their peers, in a similar way to how they might talk to friends on Facebook. Others were much more targeted in their use of online tools - and would…

"Never mind the pedagogy…"

There seemed to have been rather a lot of discussion in 2009 about whether the VLE or Virtual Learning Environment was alive or dead (including the ALT-C 2009 debate), and the rise of the PLE (Personal Learning Environment). I’m very interested in PLEs and informal learning and have blogged and vlogged about the concept. I’ve perhaps been less interested in VLEs. They seem to serve an institutional purpose, but always seemed to constrain the means…