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TCC09: Evaluating Social Networking Tools for Distance Learning

Experiencing eLearning

Summary: “Debates rage about the appropriateness of using social networking in teaching, with arguments ranging from waste of time and distraction from academic goals to needed to reach net generation student. This paper explores the range of current social networking choices and argues that like any tool, it should carefully evaluated in terms of affordances and course goals.

I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

You make an easy choice and open a ning or groupsite. The book Digital habitats of Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John Smith has been an input, as well as the blogpost by Christian Kreutz: a starter for development organisations engaging in online networks. Opening a group on an existing social network sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Possibility 1.

Online social networks, learning and viral expansion loops

Sticky Learning

The most common question at these is, 'so what have you been up to lately?" I respond, 'well I'm becoming more and more interested in the use of social media and microblogging for learning', I then get puzzled looks that say, "too much time on your hands", "what is he talking about?" For me though I see a real role for social media as a platform for business learning. Where are we at?

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Elgg, Ning, and SocialText

eLearning Weekly

Several social media platforms have emerged over the past few years which allow you to create your own social network. Organizations are using these platforms to aggregate some or all of their social learning tools so employees don’t have to keep jumping from application to application. Please chime in and comment on your experiences if you’ve used Elgg, Ning, and/or SocialText. Elgg. "Elgg empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social environment." Pricing. wikis, blogs), and more. Hosting.

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ASTD Central Iowa Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Wiki resources: Wikispaces PB Wiki Social Networking Links Ning Facebook LinkedIn __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content GuideHere are links and resources mentioned during the presentation: Find out what level of "Gamer" you are with Gamer Rater. Avoiding Death by PowerPoint. Tell a story with your slides. meet Jessica View more presentations from bengardner135.

This time it's personal

Learning with e's

It's a Ning site focused on Personal Learning Environments and Digifolios (read e-Portfolios) which as I write this post, already has 48 members. ning Cristina Costa Tags: social network e-portfolios Web 2.0 Today turned out to be a Personal Learning Environments sort of day for me. It looks very exciting and seems well worth joining in.

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Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

This also contributed to the Hot Topics and eLearning Trends for 2009. So without further set, I’m happy to announce the Top Posts as defined by Social Filtering - meaning by everyone involved directly or indirectly in eLearning Learning. Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009. Actually from December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2009. Google Wave in education - Dont Waste Your Time , November 16, 2009. 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 - eLearning Technology , January 26, 2009. Should Educators be Afraid of Having a Facebook Profile?

2009 Edublog Award Nominations

Janet Clarey

Now in it’s sixth year, the Edublog Awards “seek to recognize excellence in the use of blogs and social media to facilitate education.&#. Here are my nominations, by category, for the 2009 Edublog Awards : Best individual blog: elearnspace (George Siemens). Most influential blog post(s): There are two on the same topic. #1: The Great Keynote Meltdown of 2009 and #2 Spectacle at Web 2.0 Best educational use of a social networking service: LearnTrends Online Conference on Ning (George Siemens, Tony Karrer, Jay Cross). La la. must read. Shoot.

Learning to Learn in the modern Enterprise

The Learning Generalist

One of the reasons I support social media and bite-sized learning, is because it gives learning professionals the ability to help learners across this iterative learning journey. You ARE a social learner, regardless of what you think! Add to that the plethora of other social media; Wikipedia , Twitter , Yahoo! Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've learnt heaps from Tom's blog.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Using FaceBook

Learning Visions

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Using FaceBook Im trying to expand my horizons a bit these days and have been taking a closer look at a whole bunch of tools out there, including SecondLife and FaceBook. FaceBook seems like such a student-world application, and yet folks say more and more "grown-ups" are using it. There was a great NYTimes article a few weeks ago about a mom signing up for a FaceBook account, completely appalling her teenage daughter. (Id go look up the link for you, but why bother? It didnt feel like FaceBook would have a lot of professional promise.

DevLearn 2009 – Day 3 Recap

eLearning Weekly

Ah, the final day of DevLearn 2009. Thanks again, Cammy! I was only able to attend one session Friday morning, but it was a really good one: Session 706: Sharing Knowledge for Training: Social Networking in Action at Toyota. Rodolfo Rosales presented his story of introducing a social network within Toyota to help encourage employees to share subject matter expertise (ex. Rodolfo and his team used Ning as their social network and it flourished in the first 3 months… until their internal IT department found out about it. badsquare.

Two Free Online Conferences

Experiencing eLearning

Learn Trends 2009 This morning I learned about two free online conferences, one focused on educational technology in K-12 schools, one more focused on corporate learning. The second is LearnTrends 2009 , November 17-19, with the theme of “Convergence in Workplace Learning.&# Join the Ning group and register on the conference event page. Brief Intro to Social Networks.

Social Grid Follow-up

Tony Karrer

Last week I did a webinar with Mark Sylvester of Intronetworks - Tapping the Social Grid. The crux of the talk was: Why being able to tap into the social grid is important for concept workers. A few of the tools and methods I use to tap into the social grid. Leveraging Networks is Key Skill and the most important Knowledge Worker Skill Gap. Facebook. Facebook.

The tribal web

Learning with e's

This is the final post in the Digital Tribe series, which is abridged from Chapter 6 of the edited volume Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures (2009). The tribes and clans I have identified, it could be argued, are emerging as a direct result of their sustained interaction with, and through, social technologies. Delicious, Digg).

Build Your Own Twitter

Bottom-Line Performance

I came across a great new service, similar to Ning. ShoutEm allows you build a public or private microblog network, that you can connect to your Facebook account, a Ning site, or even Twitter. It allows you to create your own microblog. Basically, it’s a “build your own&# Twitter. Now you have 140 characters to craft your own community. And, of course, it’s free. This would be a great tool for groups focused on one topic. Check it out and let me know what you think!

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Improve your Work Literacy I would highly encourage going through the recent series of posts all about Tools and Methods for Work and Learning : Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Link Pages Network Learning Collaboration Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Skills Workshop Keynote Links I mentioned in Twitter Conference Ideas that I was sending messages and links during the keynote. What resources would u recommend for a baby boomer 2 become proficient in blogging, social networking, wikis, etc?

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Introducing The Conversation Prism eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008 TechCrunch White Label Social Networking Platforms Chart How to Insert YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations LinkedIn Tips and Tweaks: Do More with your LinkedIn Account Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 My Top 25 blogs for 2008 Blogging as Reflective Practice The Elearning Apprentice Part 2: A four-level framework for evaluating social network ROI. Tools Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

Asynchronous Discussion I personally have found that Ning works great as a tool for all sorts of different needs. Creating a new Ning network is very easy and it gives you a lot of what you would want / need as a work team. My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. as well as knowing about tools and methods.

Networks and Communities

Tony Karrer

Mercenary Rationale for Network Work & Learning As I discussed in Evaluating Performance of Concept Workers , evaluating the performance of a concept worker is difficult because there's no right answer and most often the evaluator knows less about the subject than the worker. Limits of Search In Value from Social Media , I looked at a scenario where I'm evaluating a particular solution for my company / organization. This is why I say that Leveraging Networks is Key Skill. Being ready to engage to seek conversation (network access). Are the conclusions reasonable?

TCC09 Keynote: Global Collaboration in the Web 2.0 World

Experiencing eLearning

What was face-to-face, formal with limited interaction - Social networking has made instant, on-demand, informal, global and constant. Communicate = Ning. Social Bookmarking. She has mixed feelings about Ning for students–it’s not as global, you have to be a member to interact even on public sites. Atlas, it's time for your bath. Summary: Web 2.0

Profile Photo

Tony Karrer

I'm actively engaged in all kinds of sites that can be roughly described as social networking. Through this, and because of my My LinkedIn Open Connection Approach where I basically treat LinkedIn like a really big business mixer, I have lots of opportunity to "meet" new people online. I'm writing this post to encourage you to: Spend a little bit of time to create a reasonable profile photo Attach it to every online profile when you create it And when I say every, I mean every – don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo.

Learning Outcomes

Tony Karrer

The focus of the post is really about the design of informal / social learning experiences and my belief that they need to have context for what I call Directed Learners. At a more fundamental level, the massive swing from the industrial age to the network era is accompanied by pervasive uncertainty. Michele has concerns that defining a learning outcome or business outcome or set of known learning objectives for the informal / social learning experience is a good start. My post on learning goals has some great feedback via comments and a couple of blog posts. Well said!

We participate and therefore we are

ID Reflections

As John Seely Brown says, ~Instead of “ I think therefore I am ”, it is “We participate and therefore we are” ~ Social learning has always been around. What is new are the technology and the applications that have evolved and are evolving to support social learning and sharing of knowledge and understanding. Twitter, Facebook, Ning, etc., Recession 2.

Creating a Vibrant Learning Community

Kapp Notes

Work, social life, sports, caring for parents, kids, animals, etc. But first we have to get over misconceptions about Social Media. This image is taken directly from Facebook and is the image many faculty have when someone mentions Facebook. But Facebook , LinkedIn , Ning and IntroNetworks are all great tools for having academically focused learning communities in an online setting. You cannot expect to create an empty space in a social network and expect to SHAZAM an active, vibrant community. At school, at home, everywhere.

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Profile Photos

Tony Karrer

In that post, I suggested that you should always add a profile photo: Don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. also suggested that for business networking: Don't use anything other that photorealistic photos. Have a reasonably complete LinkedIn profile. I'm running into you on a business networking site. I'm going to use that little bit of information to decide if I will go look you up on LinkedIn, or send you a message about something, or otherwise interact. People need to control their time as part of in-person networking.

[from davidds] e-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)

ZaidLearn

learning tools such Ning (Social Networking), Second Life ( 3D virtual world) and Wikispaces , which I have already explored, but are worth mentioning here ( Check out the slides to discover the rest!). technologies like blogs, wikis, social networking sites, virtual worlds, etc. At last I got to meet Stephen Downes in person and attend one of his workshops.

Sclipo Mashes Up Informal and Formal Learning to Good Effect!

ZaidLearn

Sclipo is a Social Learning Network for continuing education that offers apps for e-Learning (course manager, knowledge manager, webcam-based web classroom for live online teaching, etc.) integrated with social features. At Sclipo, any member can teach and learn, enabling informal or social learning online. In contrast to other social learning network sites (e.g.

Sclipo Mashes Up Informal and Formal Learning to Good Effect!

ZaidLearn

Sclipo is a Social Learning Network for continuing education that offers apps for e-Learning (course manager, knowledge manager, webcam-based web classroom for live online teaching, etc.) integrated with social features. At Sclipo, any member can teach and learn, enabling informal or social learning online. In contrast to other social learning network sites (e.g.

LSG Webinar - Choosing the right social and collaboration platform for learning

The Learning Generalist

Today's LSG webinar is by Jane Hart , one of the world’s leading experts in social and collaborative learning. I'm kinda interested in what could be a low-cost Ning replacement. She's the best source of wisdom about social learning, IMO. Will it be a group space Will it be a file sharing network? Will it be an enterprise wide social and collaboration platform?

Real Community?

Clark Quinn

I’ve been reading John Taylor Gatto lately, and one of his points is interesting to me from the perspective of social media.  His claim about schools is that they’re dehumanizing (deliberately).  He claims that many of our institutions (and he means more than schools, but groups, organizations, etc) are really networks, not communities, and can’t provide the nurture we need from others: “Networks do great harm by appearing enough like real communities to create expectations that they can manage human social and psychological needs.&#.

Design - Audio - Podcasting - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

September 4, 2009 to September 11, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Monday, September 21, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Tuesday, September 22, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Wednesday, September 23, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Wednesday, September 23, 2009. Growing Your Business - Innovative Marketing Using Social Media <!–( –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Thursday, September 24, 2009. ZaidLearn , September 11, 2009.

Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'

The Learning Generalist

A few weeks back you may have read my recap of Jane Hart's webinar on choosing the right social learning platform. Jane outlined a variety of parameters that you should use to select your social learning platform - I've tried to summarise them in the picture above. Now before you run off to find yourself a social learning platform, let me play party-pooper a bit. Ready?

What passes for work

Learning Rocks

I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week. When you've got a term that encompasses Articulate authored text 'n next packages to online synchronous webinars to emmersive multi-player simulation environments to videoed lectures on YouTube to Ning social networks, it strikes me that you are working with a term that has lost any specificity and thus any real meaning.

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What passes for work

Learning Rocks

I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week. When you've got a term that encompasses Articulate authored text 'n next packages to online synchronous webinars to emmersive multi-player simulation environments to videoed lectures on YouTube to Ning social networks, it strikes me that you are working with a term that has lost any specificity and thus any real meaning.

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