I had a pleasant conversation with Conor Noonan from BlikBook this morning. BlikBook positions itself as “an online platform helping lecturers manage workload and improve student engagement.” Essentially it is a discussion area that can be used by students and academics. It is free to use.
We use Desire2Learn, Blackboard Collaborate (known internally as “Online Rooms”) and Scopia extensively within the College of Business, so there is little impetus to use another platform for discussion and collaboration unless the new platform has these two features:
- Improved ease of use
- Full integration with the Desire2Learn gradebook
My present understanding of the BlikBook value proposition is:
- Increased participation
- Anonymous posting
- “Ownership” (i.e. engagement)
So BlikBook is not a fit for our needs at the moment (we have all that already), but may be of interest to faculty wishing to experiment with new discussion platforms.
BlikBook has a freemium business model. Universities can elect to pay for analytics data and a customized dashboard.