The SNAP Platform: social networking for academic purposes

Keith Kirkwood (School of Learning Support Services, VU College, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Publication date: 29 June 2010



This paper aims to introduce an enterprise‐wide Web 2.0 learning support platform – SNAP, developed at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.


Pointing to the evolution of the social web, the paper discusses the potential for the development of e‐learning platforms that employ constructivist, connectivist, and participatory pedagogies and actively engage the student population. Social networking behaviours and peer‐learning strategies, along with knowledge management through guided folksonomies, provide the back‐bone of a social systems approach to learning support.


The development of a cloud‐based read‐write enterprise platform can extend the responsiveness of the learning institution to its students and to future e‐learning innovations.


The full potential of e‐learning platforms for the development of learning communities of practice can now be increasingly realised. The SNAP Platform is a step in this direction.



Kirkwood, K. (2010), "The SNAP Platform: social networking for academic purposes", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 118-126.

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