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Integrating learning management and social networking systems


Italian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 25, Number 3, ISSN 2532-4632 e-ISSN 2532-4632 Publisher: Edizioni Menabò - Menabò srl, Ortona, Italy


Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become ubiquitous tools in support of bothclassroom and distance education programming. They bring significant advantages that digitize andautomate many of the functions and pedagogical activities of traditional campus teaching. At the same timesocial networks have become ubiquitous tools for communication, entertainment and informal learning byboth students and teachers. In this article we examine the characteristics, strengths and limitations of bothtoolsets and the ways in which innovative distance educators are attempting to merge the best qualities ofeach. We conclude with a case study of one such integration from Athabasca University in Canada.


Anderson, T. & Dron, J. (2017). Integrating learning management and social networking systems. Italian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(3), 5-19. Ortona, Italy: Edizioni Menabò - Menabò srl. Retrieved June 20, 2019 from .