Open + Connected

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Building Relationships: Tying Together Students and Their 2.0 Tools

APS10 Applications and Standards Track



The people directory on most college websites still works on the online phonebook model and hasn't changed much in ten years. Web 2.0 has given us folksonomies; it's time that we used them to better connect the students.

This session will cover the Red Rover project, currently running on 15 college campuses. With Facebook Connect, OAuth, and Google Connect, students can attach their preferred social network to the school directory. This mashup creates a rich profile for increased searchability within the educational context. The combination of various online tools, including blogs, Twitter, and delicious, can create streams of student created content. Whole new worlds of live assessment open up when we allow the students to combine their preferred Web tools and networks with the school Web presence. See a visual walk through here:


Kevin Prentiss
Founder, Red Rover

Kevin Prentiss has been an Internet entrepreneur for 12 years. He is the founder of Red Rover, a student directory designed to increase engagement. He has presented lectures at over 200 college campuses. Kevin is the author of Bedford's upcoming social media and higher education 2009 curriculum supplement and he is the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Campus Speaker of the Year. For a more extensive bio, see Linkedin: