Edfluences is a social learning platform that aims to merge effective content and instructional delivery with social interactions, which are an essential ingredient of any learning process. Students can engage with instructional content while also forming relationships with other students in their class. For example, a student taking a course on Calculus can create relationships with classmates online and interact with them beyond the boundaries of the course. Users can also search for and network with other students or faculty who have expertise in their areas of interest. Edfluences embeds many social networking features - microblogging, content rating, relationships, and activity feeds - with traditional e-learning tools. Edfluence's plugin architecture for course tools means that there is no limit in how new learning experiences can be created. New learning apps that uniquely leverage different learning models and the social infrastructure of Edfluences can be continuously developed to improve student experiences. Finally, collaborative rating of course materials allows users to make better decisions about what learning paths to take and will also allow Edfluences to make intelligent recommendations about content relevant to a particular user.
The alpha release of Edfluences