Invoking Education Platforms?

The trend of Internet platforms in education is important because of their programmatic aspect. The term “platform” is used when referring to software and hardware, from applications to operating systems, from websites to the Web and the Internet. In tech-speak, this term is often defined as to invoke aspirations and goals. In her article titled Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Platforming of Education, Audrey Watters focused on major Internet platforms such as Amazon, Google, Chegg, Blackboard, Pearson, etc. Web browser pioneer, Marc Andreessen wrote an interesting blog post about Internet platforms.

“A “platform” is a system that can be programmed and therefore customized by outside developers — users — and in that way, adapted to countless needs.”

I believe this trend was chosen because platforms in education offer functionality such as content, course administration, assessment, analytics, communication/collaboration, and external apps. Watters explains that specifically Internet education platforms are a fairly new development and that the Web is her favorite education platform because she views it as a resourceful means.Department of education found that those students who studied in online learning environments performed modelstly better than peers who were receiving face-to-face instruction. Sarah Kessler wrote an article titled Get Paid to Teach Anything With New Online Education Platform which discusses how much Internet platforms influence education.

“Department of education found that those students who studied in online learning environments performed modelstly better than peers who were receiving face-to-face instruction.”

Watters chose to embed this linked resource The Chronicle of Higher Education as part of her trend description because it explains how technology can actually advantage education rather than hinder it. Don Smithmier, chief executive and founder of Sophia, another community-based learning system that is backed by Capella Education, the corporation behind the online educator Capella University. LMS is a term which stands for learning management system.
“I believe the world will be shifting away from a classic LMS approach defined by the institution. Openness and social education is a very powerful idea.”
As mentioned in Watters article on platforms in education, she believes that platforms can provide lots of benefits for all and they allow functionality to be extended and customized which is a positive aspect for education since both teachers and students can have more personalized user experiences.