GoingOn announces 1st Community Platform for Education at Educause
The GoingOn Community Platform Leverages Social Web Technologies to Create Online Communities for Collaboration, Learning and Social Knowledge Management
November 3, 2009/San Francisco, CA – GoingOn provider of the first open source community platform for education, will showcase its cornerstone technology, The GoingOn Community Platform at EDUCAUSE 2009, November 3-6, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The GoingOn Community Platform integrates the latest social networking, collaboration and publishing technologies to enable schools to create vibrant online communities and transform silos of information into an open social knowledge network.
“The evolution of the social web and the emergence of the Facebook generation have fundamentally changed the way people communicate, share ideas and manage relationships,” said Jon Corshen, CEO of GoingOn. “For schools, this is both a challenge and an opportunity – by building online communities, schools can dramatically improve student engagement, increase faculty productivity, and enable new models of social learning, collaboration and knowledge management.”
Based on the widely-adopted open source software packages Moodle and Drupal, and delivered onDemand, The GoingOn Community Platform offers a new approach to updating legacy portal, knowledge management and online learning infrastructures. GoingOn combines the ease-of-use of popular consumer-focused tools such as Facebook and twitter, with an enterprise-grade platform geared specifically to the education and learning market. Users can easily configure a wide-range of social features such as micro-blogging, video sharing, and advanced discussions, into engaging communities, each built around specific courses, programs, activities or interests.
“We were looking for a platform that would provide a more engaging and participatory environment for our online courses,” commented Marni Baker Stein, Director of Program Development at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania. “At the same time, we also found great internal demand for building communities that extended beyond the classroom for our various departments, programs and groups.”
“From the dawn of history, formal and informal learning had its origins within communities. With the incredible evolution of online technologies, the very concept of community is being redefined,” commented Stephen Gilfus, General Partner at the Gilfus Education Group. “Colleges and universities can now construct a variety of learning applications that leverage and advance many of the underlying concepts of community based learning theory.”
GoingOn can be found at Booth #1070 at EDUCAUSE 2009 where attendees can participate in a demonstration of the product and learn more about the company.
About GoingOn GoingOn delivers the market’s first open source community platform for education. Leveraging the best of today’s social web, the GoingOn Community Platform enables academic institutions to deliver new, more engaging models of knowledge management and collaboration to meet the needs of today’s social campus. Built on a modern open source foundation, the GoingOn Community Platform is designed to allow non-technical users to quickly and easily deploy a variety of different community types without complexity. The result is a uniquely modern approach to building and managing social knowledge.