Learning Community and Discussion Platforms Brief

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Community and discussion platforms leverage learning tools interoperability (LTI) with learning management systems (LMS) to support online learning, providing the peer interaction and social engagement that decades of educational research have connected with academic success. These social media-inspired technologies offer media-rich engagement and opportunities for more authentic interaction than traditional asynchronous discussion forums associated with online learning environments. Social learning solutions, including community and discussion platforms, are the technologies that can help “humanize online learning.”


  • Vendors in Focus: 42 Lines, Microsoft, Packback, Piazza, Pronto, Slack, Voicethread, Yellowdig
  • Software in Focus: Discussion/Community Platforms
  • Author: Laura Gogia, Research Director, Learning Technologies and Student Success, The Tambellini Group
  • Length: 5 pages
  • Research Availability: October 2020

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