JISC recently published the results of the project: A Study on the Effective Use of Social Software by Further and Higher Education in the UK to Support Student Learning and Engagement
The project looked at the educational goals of using social software, the benefits of its use, the enablers and challenges involved in such initiatives and issues that need to be considered.
It was found that the use of social software can help inspire innovative teaching practices and have benefits for learners and educators. However success was not guaranteed but relied on many factors – not least, professional good practice. The report offers many useful recommendations on social software initiatives.
This project included case studies from both HE (23 case studies) & FE (3 case studies). While the project has a strong HE focus there are important lessons to be learned for FE and other sectors.
Both the final report and the case studies are invaluable resources for anyone involved in social software or web2.0 initiatives in their institution. The documents are available from the project web page: