Social Networking

community_2Social Networking and benefits for Higher Education Institutions

The integration of social software and especially social networking into international education can be met by the creation of interactive education portals and platforms which foster cooperation and communication between members and students. Some major benefits and possibilities are to enhance student engagement, improve international student recruitment, offer ways for orienting students online, stimulate intra-institutional cooperation and engagement, create international alumni networks and increase their engagement, improve funding activities, and offer new services and options for education abroad.

Many different aspects of Social Software have been taken into account while developping this website. In Wikipedia, you find the following definition for Social Software:

"Social software applications include communication tools and interactive tools. Communication tools typically handle the capturing, storing and presentation of communication, usually written but increasingly including audio and video as well. Interactive tools handle mediated interactions between a pair or group of users. They focus on establishing and maintaining a connection among users, facilitating the mechanics of conversation and talk."

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Most important aspect of Social Software is therefore enhancing many-to-many-relationships, creating user generated content. specialized platform for communication and interaction.

Engaging Communities

A common problem especially in bigger universities and higher education institutions exist in a considerable decentralization of information. Connecting students to share experiences, opinions and ideas would be enriching for the whole student population of an institution. Many higher education institutions already provide specialized intranets for their students, to find information on timetables, exam results, new study offers and general information on a wide range of current topics of their university career. But often these kinds of services are oriented towards the mere information of students, and not primarily on participation, exchange and interconnection of different interest groups.


Open source social networking software: JomSocial

{googleads left} The community on this website has been developed by using the open source social networking software Jomsocial. The website of this project is This social networking software has been linked to the forum on the website, so that students, profesores and others uders can easliy get in contact with other persons, interact, share information, find and offer help and advice.

Further discription by JomSocial: Social networking sites are amazingly fun for you to set up and expand online relationships and network within your community. JomSocial makes it easier for you to install joomla social networking on your site. At a glance, we design the joomla social engine from ground up that come with many features out of the box. You can easily enable social networking to collaborate with your community with features such as activity streams, flexible templating & design, photo gallery, video support, organic groups, event management, social graph management, customize profile, private messaging, external social network integration and many more. JomSocial makes top open source social networking software for you.

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+1 #1 Martin Scheer 2011-05-07 14:26
It might be also an interesting option for any university to develop its own profile on Second Life. More information can be found at the website Please let us know if we can provide any further information on this topic, or to discuss possible benefits for your university which might result in a presence in SecondLife.

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The various options are linked to the user data base for facilitating connections and interactions between our members.

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We offer international educators various options to engage themselves within our network and community:

  • Intercultural Community: create your own personal profile
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  • International Profiles: publish your profile and your personal comments on international higher education here on our website
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