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Building Communities with Ning

Learning Journeys

Use Ning to build online communities and memorable learning experiences.  Ning is a free social networking platform that offers a wide array of features and capabilities.  My recent experiences with Ning (as a learner) have been excellent!  ( Work Literacy Web 2.0 Tagged: free, learning, ning, resources, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, tool, tools, web2.0

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. Jon Garfunkle on the backchannel at conferences (from a blog post comment). Liveblogging an Online Conference - Experiencing eLearning , April 17, 2008 Wendy Wickham asked a good question in the comments on TCC08: Second Life: Teaching Tips from the Virtual Frontier: Christy - are you using 2 computers (one for blogging, one for the conference ), or just one? Finally, some fine blog posts on lurking by friends and colleagues. It’s a guess why.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

PLNs connect them with a global network of contacts and resources. What is a PLN? A PLN is “a system of interpersonal connections and resources that support informal learning” (Trust, 2012). The information aggregation tools are used to collect and organize information from various resources (websites, podcasts, blogs). Ning is a fully functional social networking site.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

PLNs connect them with a global network of contacts and resources. What is a PLN? A PLN is “a system of interpersonal connections and resources that support informal learning” (Trust, 2012). The information aggregation tools are used to collect and organize information from various resources (websites, podcasts, blogs). Ning is a fully functional social networking site.

More of my Blogging


During the course of my study I have also been contributing to the DMU pathfinder blog. have made 20 contributions to this blog. have included a list of my blog titles and categorised them in the list below for your reference. Inspiration · Another Digital Resource · Cool CatTeacher Blog · Passion Based Learning · Staff Engagment - show them this!! Tags: blog The pathfinder research project of which I am a participant is investigating the use of web 2.0 technology throughout the institution. My contributions can be found here [link]. Web 2.0

Social Networking Tools, Education and Groupwork


Whilst blogs and wikis can be the focus of particular learning activities, it’s a social networking environment that fosters the emotional well being and incidental learning that can be so useful to the morale and learning of individual students. Facebook and Ning How can one go about setting up an appropriate social network? And although it feels good to use, my feelings are that it does not offer as good a level of organization of personal resources (photo’s, videos) as a ning based social network. Tags: Social Networking Facebook Ning Google Groups

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Currently Working On.

Learning Visions

Heres a taste of whats on my plate right now: Lots of Software Trai ning Finishing up a big project update for a large financial institution. In fact, when I first started blogging, I was wrangling with the notion of getting an informal degree in instructional design. Blog Book Tour: Learning in 3D #lrn3d Allison Rossett: ELearning Isn’t What You Think It. Right on.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a webinar presented by Brandon Hall on Wednesday, April 26 2011. (I joined about 10 minutes late, so missed a bit!) Used Ektron ( ) a content management system – which allowed search, tagging, RSS, links, blogs, polls, surveys. Wanted to increase # cert holders worldwide – the network experts – wanted more resources and options. Polls, blogs, search (similar to chrysler). Used Microsoft SharePoint – blogs, wikis, messaging, polls, surveys, RSS feeds (get alerted when content is updated). Jane Bozarth!

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years, for example: Learned about Learning in 2009. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs Marketplace LMS solutions don’t quite fit.

Lessons from an early MOOC

Learning and Working on the Web

Blogs. Paul Lowe, course leader of the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, spontaneously gave a live web presentation on his use of blogs with his master’s students and shared what he had learned so far. blogs act as the glue between synchronous events. blogs are ways of mapping the learning journey. Wikis.

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15 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 16

Upside Learning

Here are handouts, lesson plans, worksheets, websites, blogs, wikis, forums and nings in digital storytelling that you need for teaching & learning. 5. In developing an eLearning course, with steep deadlines and resource constraints, we find ourselves in situations where we need to get some ducks in a row – quick, real quick. The second generation of the iPad is here.

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

The Learning Generalist

I'm kinda interested in what could be a low-cost Ning replacement. I've also got a blogpost planned on this topic - keep your eyes peeled if my blog interests you. She blogs at [link] , btw and if you aren't following her already, please start following her @c4lpt. Don says that Ning is great for bulletin board style stuff but not project collaboration. 3. site here.

ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?


101 Free Learning Tools OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free EduGames Printer-Friendly Version Lets explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue! Google Calendar Tool to aggregate all my resources, mail, RSS feeds, etc, in one place? Connect with Ning Social Networking tool?

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.


Guys the most of you find these posts a valuable resource for the e-Learning community. People keep asking me to do this and I've just been too busy to do a good job of it like you have here! I so appreciate you taking time to make this post. I'm going to link this post on my blog, too, and recommend it into the conversation I'm in on Amplify. Have you found Amplify yet?

My Learning Tools

ID Reflections

Resource links, suggestions, insights that have taught me more in a year than I learned in the previous five 2. Amplify bridges the gap that micro-blogging seems to have created in the blogosphere with people sharing links to great posts and maybe a few words on Twitter. 3. Blogging has helped me to: 1. Blogged with the Flock Browser. Responses to queries 3.

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

The Learning Generalist

If all you want to do is create a walled garden where along with your course resources, you can provide students an opportunity to have discussions, collaborate using blogs, wikis and collective databases, you're better off using one of the modern LMS's such as Moodle. - The Ning Replacement is cool - is easy. Just like that - at the click of a button.

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Looking for THE SCORM Resource? At the conclusion of the webinar they gave a tour of some of the available resources on their site. 10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning - Rapid eLearning Blog , June 1, 2010 I’m no audio engineer. Introduction to Social Networking - Learning and Working on the Web , June 21, 2010 As our Work Literacy Ning site (2008) is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy , I will post some of the key articles here so we don’t lose them. Looking for THE SCORM Resource? June 2010. Seriously.

Where do you put a learning environment?

Learning Journal

To reiterate, the “learning environment” I am talking about here is a collection of resources and activities for learning, deliberately curated with a specific learning need in mind. How do you provide access to these resources and activities? As an individual curator of my own learning resources, I have “stuff” in lots of different places on my desktop and in my office. There are a number of tools that promise that capability, including SharePoint, Ning, Yammer, and more. tagable – learners can tag or save their own favorite resources.

Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

Typically this involves many of the same aspects as above: document sharing, calendar, discussion, resources, links, profiles, contacts, etc. They had profiles, directories, blogs to help foster sharing between spread out teams. Using SharePoint for Event Planning & Organizing Just like we used a Wiki one year and Ning another to support the online conference LearnTrends , SharePoint can be used to manage all types of events, especially internal events. I've been having fabulous conversations about using SharePoint. These would be external consituents. were similar.

10Q: Steven Anderson

Learning with e's

Connected Classroom blog. Sure, sending tweets and posting on Nings has had a great impact on my thinking and doing, but it's more than that. started in social media to share resources easily with teachers in a very small district. And for me it has grown into something more powerful than resources and tools. Steven W. How did you start out in education? Focus on kids.

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Daily Bookmarks 05/14/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Observations from the beginning of a high school project with Ning, Animoto, and Flickr. Most of the insight is around how Ning facilitates conversations between students and lets the teacher join the discussion. Students are engaged with Ning; they are personalizing their spaces and giving each other constructive feedback. Anyone can swap an writing pad for a blog, there is no value in that. Instructional Technology Program > Student Resources > Instructional Designer Skills. The Many Hats of an Instructional Designer. Invite Senior Leadership.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. Many of whom I really respoect. I see it in blog posts, comments, posts, LrnChat discussions, and all sorts of places. ipad. A Few Practical Tips on Storyboarding - MinuteBio , May 16, 2010 When I peruse my blog stats it always amazes me that my storyboarding posts are some of the most visited and my storyboard template has been downloaded far more than expected.

LearnTrends: Personal Knowledge Management

Experiencing eLearning

These are my live blogged notes from Harold Jarche’s LearnTrends session on Personal Knowledge Management. When he moved to consulting and didn’t have an IT department and those resources, he realized he had to do something different. Idea from Will Richardson: what do you do when you read a blog post and come across an interesting few sentences? For example, he now makes clearer blog titles so in 3 years he can find info easily, rather than being witty in his titles. Makes it explicit by posting to his blog. My side comments are in italics.

Learning to Learn in the modern Enterprise

The Learning Generalist

Answers , Digg , blogs, etc and there's a wealth of intelligence to exploit. Blogs elearning Learning is a collaborative effort started by Tony Karrer and is a collection of blog posts and articles all around eLearning. Tom Kulhmann's blog for some reason isn't aggregated on eLearning Learning. I've learnt heaps from Tom's blog. He's a true guru. enterprise2.0

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

It resulted in a great learning experience and a quite good resource. mentioned that I either do that through working documents or through a blog. Blogs are an excellent way to allow the work team to see stream of thought of team members. Asynchronous Discussion I personally have found that Ning works great as a tool for all sorts of different needs.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days: Days 26, 27, 28

Learning Visions

Monday, September 17, 2007 31 Days: Days 26, 27, 28 Im cleaning house and trying to to finish up with the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Challenge. Join us at the Building a Better Blog Ning Group. For those of you who are new to my blog, the 31 Days Challenge was started by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. Day 28 Write a Mission Statement for Your Blog Ok.

Getting Help

Tony Karrer

looked at a couple examples this recently in LinkedIn for Finding Expertise and Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers This topic came up again in a discussion - Blogging to ask for Help - Colin asked: If you need input from like-minded people around the world, where's the best place to ask? Today I posted a request for reader input in my blog because I didn't know where else I could ask for help from people outside my company. There's some interesting discussion in the thread around whether it makes sense to post a question in a blog.

Learning Evaluation Network


This issue was raised in the testing phase of the Learning Evaluation Network (LEN), just launched on the Ning platform. Ning describes all the networks it supports as “social networks” but this conveys all sorts of assumptions, largely based on the most widely-recognised Facebook model. When is a social network not a social network?

Introduction to Social Networking

Learning and Working on the Web

As our Work Literacy Ning site (2008) is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy , I will post some of the key articles here so we don’t lose them. There are several different online social networks, but for our purposes, we’ll focus on the three that tend to be used the most by learning professionals–Facebook, LinkedIn and Ning. Ning is what’s referred to as a “white label” network–anyone can use the Ning platform to create their own social network related to a particular topic or area of interest.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

There were about 7 examples mentioned including Intuit using a Wiki-like system for customers to ask questions/get advice around taxes, using a group blog with students prior to a formal learning event, the US Army's use of collaboration tools to share best practices in Iraq, and several others. Question 1 - What are the most likely ways / places your organization might or does use Blogs, Wikis, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking or Collaboration Tools? Getting Value from LinkedIn , Thomas Davenport and Blogging - He is Wrong! Applications in Learning. Tools? Web 2.0

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#iel12 Online Rogue Professor Pt 2

In the Middle of the Curve

Ghost of Online Future Cautions for Rogueing - FERPA (and HIPPA for the Medical folks) - Multitudes of Platforms - Technical Crashes - be prepared! - "Hackers" into Blogs and Sites - Constant need to shift.volatile market + Ning-ification (free service suddenly becomes paid) + My Favorite Ap just got bought! They will have a bunch of stuff that you hadn't thought of as tools and resources. -- "Not Yet" - IT may not be ready to support this. (group project - Breakout 1) (I probably should have gotten out the video camera to capture the conversation. How much. iel12

Brandon Hall Network - Back from the Dead?

Tony Karrer

We've been building this for a large part of the past year, constantly tweaking the service and offering new capabilities in order to make it the premier place for learning professionals and talent managers to collaborate, share resources and make new connections. If you've read other blogs claiming the Network is dead, consider that a great exaggeration! and Brandon Hall Researchers Blogging - Implications? Maybe Brandon Hall or a Ning community will take off. Or maybe someone like ASTD will adopt Ning and give it a huge push. Or maybe the eLearningGuild.

Online Events vs. Face-to-Face Events

Learning Journeys

for Learning Professionals , hosted at Ning by Michele Martin , Harold Jarche , and Tony Karrer.  There have been a couple of live, synchronous events, which have been very useful, but for the most part it has been an asynchronous, social, learning workshop.  I can join in at 2 PM or 2 AM, depending on my schedule, location, and inclinations.  (By the way, the Work Literacy Ning is free, and it will continue to be a valuable resource after the workshop has concluded.  This post was spurred by Tony Karrer’s comparison of Online Conferences and In-Person Conferences.

More LMS Options for Associations on a Budget


Finally, a few words of caution:   You’ve probably heard that the wiki platform Ning is shutting down its free option; subscribers either have to move their content off Ning or start ante-ing up for the paid version. If you’ve used any of the systems mentioned here in the aLearning Blog – or a one that hasn’t been mentioned yet – I hope you’ll share your experience by adding a comment about what you’re using or leaning toward using, and why. Tags: LMS LCMS product comparison reports resources Easy peasy.