Learning beyond the Classroom with WhatsApp

Credit: iStock.com/alexsl
Credit: iStock.com/alexsl
The learning management system (LMS) has long been the unified platform for hosting all content and activities in an online class. While it has served its purpose well, the advent of social media has exposed its limitations. Students find the multiple steps required to log in and reach a desired function clunky compared to the one-click convenience of apps. This limits the usefulness of the LMS on mobile devices. Whereas students snap photos for Instagram or text during their everyday activities, they tend to treat the LMS like a face-to-face classroom by sitting down at a computer a few times per week for schoolwork. Thus, their learning starts and ends with the class.

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