TCC09: Evaluating Social Networking Tools for Distance Learning
APRIL 14, 2009
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
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
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
DECEMBER 14, 2009
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. Social media - fad or forever? Building a successful social (learning) site.
Elgg, Ning, and SocialText
SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
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 empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social environment." Ning. "Ning wikis, blogs), and more.
Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009
eLearning Learning Posts
DECEMBER 7, 2009
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?
This time it's personal
Learning with e's
JANUARY 4, 2009
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.
2009 Edublog Award Nominations
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
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). 1: The Great Keynote Meltdown of 2009 and #2 Spectacle at Web 2.0 lrnchat is “a place for people interested in the topic of learning who use the social messaging service Twitter to learn from one another and discuss how to help other people learn. Can’t forget his wicked sense of humor.
DevLearn 2009 – Day 3 Recap
NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Ah, the final day of DevLearn 2009. 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. It’s been so much fun!
Two Free Online Conferences
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
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.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Using FaceBook
JUNE 19, 2007
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 My kids are far from their teen years, so I went ahead and created my own FaceBook account awhile back. Or Moodle?
Social Grid Follow-up
MARCH 3, 2009
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
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
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
JUNE 22, 2009
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!
FEBRUARY 3, 2009
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
APRIL 7, 2009
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
JANUARY 20, 2009
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
JANUARY 14, 2009
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
APRIL 14, 2009
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
MAY 5, 2009
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.
MAY 6, 2009
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
JUNE 2, 2009
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
JANUARY 15, 2009
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.
MAY 7, 2009
In that post, I suggested that you should always add a profile photo: Don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. I 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.
APRIL 5, 2009
I’ve been reading John Taylor Gatto lately, and one of his points is interesting to me from the perspective of social media. 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.. What’s critical in making the transition from network to community?
Design - Audio - Podcasting - Best of eLearning Learning
eLearning Learning Posts
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
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.
Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources
AUGUST 10, 2010
I primarily used the eLearning Learning and Communities and Networks sites and used Conference , Online Facilitation of Conferences , Online Interaction in Conferences , Moderating Online Interaction , and others. 28 Web Conference Training Tips - eLearning Weekly , July 10, 2009 Learning to use web conferencing technology is pretty easy, but there is a lot more to training via web conference than just putting on a headset, dialing up an audio-conferencing bridge, and logging onto the application. Moderation and safety - FreshNetworks , June 6, 2009 Why moderate ? &#.
What passes for work
JUNE 17, 2009
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. Sorry. thoughts
What passes for work
JUNE 17, 2009
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. Sorry.
AG|09 - Be a successful conference attendee
Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development
MARCH 7, 2009
AG|09 is next week and I've spent so much time talking about it on twitter, Facebook, and NING that I've neglected the blog a little. Create an account and "follow" @ag09 - and follow all the people following @ag09 2) Create a profile at [link] 3) If you prefer Facebook then join the group The eLearning Guild and select the AG|09 event 4) Prepare your mobile device - Are you a blackberry, Mobile Windows, Google Phone, or iPhone user? 5) Tag all of your social media pics, links, posts, etc. Here's a quick list of things you can do to get the most out of your event.
Teaching the Social Web
APRIL 6, 2009
Yesterday my wife got a message on Facebook from a friend asking for advice on how to handle a young teenage girl’s use of MySpace. Then I got to work and started thinking about social learning, the workplace, and generation gaps. Today we think and talk about how to implement and manage social learning in the workplace. I’ve seen discussions and blog posts about appropriate use of social tools like Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and FriendFeed in the workplace. Are kids being prepared to use social tools as resources?
Thoughts following April Learntrends
APRIL 22, 2009
I thought my personal contacts, the Learntrends membership, notices on Facebook/LinkedIn/Nings, and the Tweetstream would attract flocks of people. Yesterday, Learntrends hosted a series of online conversations on boosting the performance of organizations through learning. Our goal was honest dialog among as many members as possible. No commercials. No presentations. Few or no slides. Often, we threw three or four great people into an online fishbowl and let the conversation go where it would. Many people had complained about the timing of sessions. How to serve them?
Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services
JULY 21, 2010
In terms of finding people with experience on this, my first suggestion was using LinkedIn and particularly looking through LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers , LinkedIn for Finding Expertise , and Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers. I also checked out Nancy White’s Communities and Networks site under Discussion Forums , Case Studies of Discussion Forums , and Community Building and Discussion Forums. Focused discussions - FreshNetworks , January 19, 2009 Is this the Future of Forums? That forum is still up and running. Great question.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Facebook has Tipped
DECEMBER 1, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008 My Facebook has Tipped Malcolm Gladwell says that everything has a Tipping Point , that point at which a virus goes epidemic, when the hip new thing goes mainstream. Well, my Facebook world has just tipped. Has your Facebook tipped? Posted by Cammy Bean at 12:10 PM Labels: facebook 11comments: Janet Clarey said. how cool that your mom is on facebook. I need to figure out what this facebook thing is all about." Dave -- I wonder if the age line for Facebook is starting to creep up. Think Uggs. Definitely. It just tipped.
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eLearning Learning Posts
JANUARY 5, 2010
December 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. 35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer - The eLearning Coach , December 13, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. What is Ning (and what can I use it for)? Dont Waste Your Time , December 16, 2009. Top 20 E-Learning Blogs for 2009 + Some Reflections on 2009 - The E-Learning Curve , December 14, 2009. Learnlets , December 22, 2009. Web 2.0