VLE's are generally useful in that they provide an online repository of course content, resources and database of performance metrics. This is relevant to students who are motivated by academia. However, more often than not, students have other motivations or commitments and the VLE was not designed to compete for attention. VLE’s struggle to inspire conversation and do little to engage students in the day-to-day activities of their courses.
Valuable resources (that staff spend hours uploading to VLE’s) are lost in the fight for attention with Facebook, SnapChat and others designed specifically to absorb our time. Nowadays a VLE has lost its relevance, value and impact and has become a burden to use.
Loopd is a private, advert-free social network with ring-fenced security, real-time reporting and administration support.
Anglia Ruskin University Lord Ashcroft International Business School launched Loopd to improve department communication with students. They selected Loopd as an easy to use and friendly mobile experience to connect with students on the go. They also initiated an iBuddy scheme to provide support groups through the app.
Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union launched Loopd to help collaboration between course disciplines. They selected Loopd as a safe social network for their community to share work, skills and events.
Newcastle College Group launched Loopd with Creative Arts students, the primary goal was to improve retention. Each new student was invited onto the Loopd platform during their initial college induction. From 2016 to 2017 retention increased from 79.6% to 96.2% saving >£150,000.
Stoke-on-trent College launched Loopd to improve the communication between teaching staff and students, in search of a more responsible and workable platform to replace Facebook groups. They interact on Loopd both for logistical updates and to share course materials. Engagement is high, especially with lower socio-economically positioned students.
Arts Bournemouth University
Newcastle College Group