Moodle. Moodle is short for Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment and it is designed to support a social constructivist framework for education. Moodle appears to be appropriate for most online learning strategies but it lacks a synchronous classroom component. Not a problem, I could always link-in Elluminate or another platform to fill the need.
Lithium at Pharmacy OneSource, wikis, and social media sites like Facebook and Linked-In. All online communities require active participation if members are to find it interesting or valuable. In our MEIT program we use discussion boards to post topics and review ensuing posts from cohorts. My personal learning is enriched with the immediate feedback and the diversity of opinion that results from these asynchronous posts. Linked-in allows me to network with professional groups, read about new jobs and participate in discussions. The latter provide insights into what is currently happening in the job market and focuses my efforts in my career field.
Agile model of software development and it was a breath of fresh air. The multidisciplinary teams consisting of software developers, quality assurance and technical liaisons helped the company roll-out better product in a shorter amount of time than traditional approaches. But, it took a brand new Chief Technology Officer driving the culture shift from the top-down to foster the collaborative vs. cooperative environment.
My thoughts regarding the social development and socialization issues are unsettled at this time. Online schools rely on student-centric curriculum involving heavy interaction between teachers, peers and parents. Online schools further learning outcomes and foster 21st century skills through planned collaborative activities. Social interactions are planned and are the basis for much student learning. In the online world, students can open-up to their peers without regard to race, creed, color or economic status. However, the study we looked at showed the importance of extracurricular activities on online students.