New online collaborative environments are facilitating social learning, encouraging interactions and the exchange of ideas and concepts between students. The cohesion and exposure to new ideas offered by social learning can have a positive influence on the learning experience.
Students engaged in social learning dealing with topics related to their specific field of study are more motivated in their course. Student enthusiasm translate into higher levels of motivation which can in turn have a positive effect on their academic results and the student experience.
The education experience has progressed from students passively reading and watching material to proactively engaging and interacting with each other and their learning facilitators. To continue facilitating social learning across the University, we need to sustain robust online environments that readily impart social tools on students.