Education theory and research highlights the fact that learning is a social phenomenon: learning is made possible by interacting with others in complex social environments and its success is measured as a function of learners’ ability to navigate their social environments adequately throughout their lives. We learn from others and we practice our knowledge together with others.
Digication develops its impactful educational platform by recognizing that learning is a social activity that takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, and lasts a lifetime.
This is why we are committed to offer our users the possibility to harness the power of social technologies for the purposes of deep learning and effective teaching. With Digication both students and faculty can collaborate and share their authored contents on a variety of social websites as well as embed in their ePortfolios contents reflecting their activities in virtual space. This way, ePortfolios function as hubs for users’ virtual identity-building: they allow users to disseminate their professional interests and achievements to the virtual communities outside of their institution and also to enrich their ePortfolios with the knowledge they acquire in their out-of-classroom activities.
Digication provides an easy to use platform that is customizable to accommodate the needs of diverse categories of users: within ePortfolio-spaces, students can engage in peer-to-peer interactions and student-faculty interactions while faculty can collaborate with their peers as well as engage with students. ePortfolios enable the learning community to maintain a dialogical openness at all times, share knowledge, create a space for supportive feedback, and collaborate at various levels and in various capacities.
Digication users, both students and faculty, can opt for a variety of modalities for social interaction within ePortfolio-spaces as well as for integrating their ePortfolio-work with their other web-based presence. Within one’s individual ePortfolio, a user can engage in synchronous and asynchronous conversations with other users or comment on specific parts of an ePortfolio’s content. The comments may concern an entire ePortfolio if the user so chooses or they can target a particular sentence in a given ePortfolio page. Users can also populate their ePortfolios with contents they want to showcase by leveraging the multimedia embedding capabilities or they can make their ePortfolios visible to the outside, virtual world by linking their ePortfolios in their preferred social networking sites.