ATutor Social

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ATutor Social is a social networking module that allows ATutor users to connect with each other. They can gather contacts, create a public profile, track network activity, create and join groups, and customize the environment with any of the thousands of OpenSocial gadgets available all over the Web. ATutor Social can be used alone as a social networking application, or it can be used with the ATutor Learning Management System to create a social learning environment.

OpenSocial

ATutor Social is based on the Google OpenSocial standard, implementing the Container part of the standard in ATutor. It essentially turns ATutor into a platform for OpenSocial applications. Applications are based on the Gadget part of the OpenSocial standard, and gadgets plugin to containers. Gadgets are available for a wide range of purposes, from simply linking a quote of the day app into the networking environment, to integrating sites like Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube, as well as other social networks like Facebook and MySpace.

Anyone familiar with iGoogle, can click on "Add stuff" to find a list of gadgets that plug into the iGoogle environment. Gadgets that work with iGoogle (or many of them), also work with ATutor.

How to get ATutor Social

ATutor Social is included as part of the ATutor Download. Follow the steps you would follow to install ATutor, but during the second step of the installation, choose Install only ATutor Social to install it on its own without the learning management system. Or choose to Install ATutor with ATutor Social (the default) to create a social learning environment.

ATutor Social Features


All Users

Registered Users

Instructors

Administrators

Developers