Learning "beyond the classroom" within an enterprise social network system

Kimberly S. Scott*, Keeley H. Sorokti, Jeff Merrell

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This case study examines how students in a higher education program used an enterprise social network system (ESN) to engage in learning activities within its community. We explain how ESNs fit within the Web 2.0 landscape and describe how the program used an ESN to form its learning ecology. The community of inquiry framework is applied to analyze dialogue from the informal learning spaces of the system. Results show that a majority of students participated in learning activities within these public, non-mandatory spaces "beyond the classroom." We also found high levels of cognitive and learning presence in their posts. This study suggests that students practice self-regulated learning in ESN informal learning spaces, raising new possibilities for future development of online learning ecologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-90
Number of pages16
JournalInternet and Higher Education
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Case study
  • Community of inquiry
  • Design
  • Enterprise social network system
  • Informal learning
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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