Sapo Campus (SC) guiding principles are collaboration, participation, openness and sharing. However, a critical review of the platform functionalities allows us to identify, at the present moment, some limitations in the practical implementation of these principles.
These limitations portray the main research problem addressed with this project: a lack of a true and effective social openness of the SC platform to its users. Being an open aggregation and learning platform, SAPO Campus platform should not only allow its users to actively aggregate content sources but also, and utmost, should allow its users to open and share their data and learning space to and with other community members.
This problem raises a set of research questions that we wish to address with the current project, namely:
– Which sharing and communication tools can/should be integrated in a PLE in order to promote its openness?
– How should bookmark/notes creation and sharing, recommendation and community/contents-refined search mechanisms be integrated in a new set of communication tools?
– The availability of this new communication layer will contribute to new sharing and collaboration dynamics in the context of PLE use in learning communities?
These limitations will be addressed with the development of a new social layer in the platform.
It is our intention to feature the platform with shared social bookmarking mechanisms that will allow its users not only to acknowledge but also to be able to comment and suggest on other community members aggregated contents. These mechanisms, in the end, will also allow the development of a refined, smooth, multi-dimensional and institutionally contextualized search mechanism of SAPO Campus community members and/or its aggregated contents. Some of these functionalities are similar to those provided by tools such as Diigo and Google Reader but, as stated earlier, made available as built-in features of SAPO Campus platform take several advantages of its institutionalized educational context.
Responsável: Luis Pedro