The Temple Community Platform (TCP) is a cloud-hosted platform built on top of WordPress that consists of three distinct innovations:
- New type of learning management system (LMS) that applies social and open concepts to change learning and student development.
- A structured measurable professional development program that gets undergraduate students ready for the workplace.
- A model and associated software for offering 100% online graduate degree programs at low cost to achieve very high retention and satisfaction.
The platform is showcased at the main WordPress.org site. Take a look and make sure you leave a rating. The key design principles include:
- Open: All activity is open (e.g., a new post in a course is automatically published on the Internet, a widget displays ‘who is online’, e-portfolios are available on the Internet).
- Enable social connections and flow: All members can connect, communicate and share with each other (e.g., view profiles, message, share links)
- Individual control: Members independently generate and control their content and manage their identity (e.g., create a site, choose how to earn professional development points, dashboard analytics help students compare their development and progress to others)
- Discovery: Tools that encourage discovery of new members, new activity, and content (e.g., community activity list, leaderboard, search, tagging, permanent URLs, PRO point calendar).
- Aggregation: Activity and content is collated (e.g., sites are automatically published through RSS, badges, graduation analysis and peer comparison analysis on the PRO dashboard).
To learn more see: Mandviwalla, M., Schuff, D., Chacko, M. and Miller, L. Is That All There Is? Taking Education to New Levels in the Social Media Era. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, September 2013.
If you have any questions about the platform please contact Laurel Miller at Laurel.Miller@temple.edu.