Digital technologies are of profound importance for schools and education institutes. Digital technologies hold promises to transform teaching and learning, promote student success, innovate assessment, encourage active learning, foster social interaction, and support employability. The ultimate goal is to produce student-centered technologies that can develop next-generation students who are successful, motivated, adaptive, and self-directed.
There is currently no platform available that can integrate these different promises of educational technologies. Conventional learning management systems and MOOC platforms are primarily centered around courses and content. Features for social interaction are usually integrated afterthought and offer subpar experience for the students. Assessment is often seen as the final step, rather than as an opportunity to promote learning. Student relationship management is frequently viewed as an administrative function that is decoupled from learning and teaching. Finally, platforms that maintain student profiles to support employability are not integrated with learning and teaching.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
I am fascinated and VERY EXCITED to see products emerge that will support learner-directed, competency-based learning models and do so at scale.
Dr Kyle Peck
Professor and Director, Center for Online Innovation in Learning, Penn State University , Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology
ProSolo is based on not replicating the classroom and content focuses, but rather on networked learning and competency achievement in a very social-media-like framework. For me, seeing it was one of those rare glimpses into the future that happen only seldom.