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|Developer(s)||ASAHI Net, Inc.|
|Type||Collaborative learning system|
|Website||manaba.jp (English), manaba.jp (Japanese)|
manaba is a cloud-based collaborative learning system developed by the Internet service provider ASAHI Net, Inc.
manaba was developed in 2007 in collaboration with two private universities in Japan. Initially, it was designed to connect students and teachers, enable students to accumulate learning evidence and elevate learning outcomes through mutual review. Known for an intuitive interface, meaningful design focused on learning outcomes, and the flexibility and scalability of a cloud application, manaba has been adopted by approximately 200 educational institutions globally (as of December 31, 2013).
manaba provides spaces for teachers to conduct surveys and tests, collect assignments, enable group projects and facilitate online discussions. Students can also review each others’ work and develop debates on course materials with each other.
manaba provides an individual space where each student can accumulate learning evidence over time, share it with others, and reflect back on previous work. Instructors can assess learning outcomes by looking at students’ portfolios collectively.
manaba creates spaces for groups to engage in community discussions on various topics.
Origin of the name
The name “manaba” comes from two Japanese words: manabu (学) and ba (場). Manabu means learning, and ba is an activity place where events occur.