However, Feng says that while social learning networks benefit students’ learning in the long-run, there are still some users who take the lazy route.
“I don’t know if students from my university use it appropriately, or if they abuse it a lot,” he says. “When the tutoring program came out, I’d see a lot of students just asking for the answers, so they’d be asking people to do their homework for them.”
Regardless, Feng says social learning networks are a great way for students’ knowledge to join forces with colleges’ pedagogy strategies.
“I thought this was a good place for me to help other students to understand their materials better and help them with their homework questions,” he says.
Malca says social learning networks have great success when instructors encourage students to seek out additional tutelage outside of class.
He says when instructors do this, students will respond well to personalized, on-demand help.
“It’s going to take about ten minutes for you to get help from a tutor, and then you will be golden,” Malca says. “For the student, it’s easy, and for the universities, the professors can promote it. In the future, we will be able to work with either the university itself or student success centers so they can provide tutors for our platform to use.”