Scholar—Community is web forum and social media space, supporting vibrant peer-to-peer interactions in knowledge communities. Community has all of the things we have come to expect in today’s social media, but in one, seamlessly integrated space.
As much it is reminiscent of existing social media, Community is also subtly different. It has an activity stream that does not restrict the lengths of posts. It connects people using the logic of "peers" rather than "friends" or "followers," though with optional Facebook and Twitter feeds, it also connects into those social spaces. You can share personal profile information as widely as a community allows. It presents a portfolio of your works that have been made and evaluated in Creator, then shared with the community or the world (depending on your privacy settings). You can create new communities in which you assume the role of "community admin."
At first glance, parts of Creator seem like Facebook, LinkedIn, a blog, a personal digital portfolio, or instant messaging. It is all of these, but also, not quite any of them. As a social media tool, Creator is uniquely nuanced for knowledge producing communities.
Every student has their own personal learner portfolio and community learning page, powerfully secured for under-18s by two layers of adult sponsorship and not requiring an email address for sign-up. Each class can also have their own Community page with the teacher as admin. Students can, with teacher permission, also set up communities of their own.
Academic research groups, amateur interest groups, businesses, publishers, community organizations, and teaching departments can use Community to stay connected with present and past community members and make connections with new members.
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