Moving Beyond Blackboard: Using a Social Network as a Learning Management System

  • Christopher Thacker Towson University
Keywords: Higher Education, Social Networks, Learning Management Systems


Web 2 .0 is a paradigm of a participatory Internet, which has implications for the delivery of online courses. Instructors and students can now develop, distribute, and aggregate content through the use of third-party web applications, particularly social networking platforms, which combine to form a user-created learning management system (LMS) . The author discusses how to develop a user-created online LMS using widely available, low-cost web applications. The result of this approach is greater accessibility.