If You Build It Will They Come An Evaluation of Whiteboard a Networked Academic Profiles Project

Stian Håklev, Frances Garrett, Matt Price, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Jul 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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What I like about this report is that it described what really happened rather than whitewashing a project that essentially never really succeeded. How often have we seen this: "In total, only 237 users signed up and 113 actively posted content to the site, with a large proportion of the content generated by students directly involved with the project." So what were the causes of failure? Student perceptions that social media wasn't useful (and a preference for using the library), the sense of being 'excluded' from online goods, and the lack of technical sophistication of the platform. The full report is a 33 page PDF.

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