Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis computer scientist Ali Jafari introduced a classroom-oriented social network called CourseNetworking (CN). A free online platform, CN combines the social aspects Facebook and Twitter with the functionality of a traditional learning management system (LMS) to connect teachers and students worldwide based on interests and course subjects. Rather than permitting access based on course membership, though, CN creates a global, large-scale learning environment that any user can join.
The CN Company will invite 40 academic institutions from the U.S. and abroad to invest in and become equity owners in the company and to intellectually contribute to refining the software environment. Jafari plans on generating revenue through targeted advertising that is relevant to the system's users, like information about degree programs at educational institutions and upcoming conferences and events. CN's software platform is expected to be available next spring as a SaaS.