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Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. They form a network of people via interactions, groups, etc. Being a network, they generally are a little harder for people to understand. However, they typically try to give a better sense of the person and make interactions more social. Some thoughts I have about why we might adopt threaded discussions / forum software vs. adopting a social network solution.

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Social Networking

Tony Karrer

I've run across a couple of interesting posts recently that seem to have spawned from a Business Week article - Scaling the Social Web. The article tells us that various players are adding social networking features to their sites: A broad array of online players, from major media companies like Viacom to e-commerce providers such as eBay, are adding networking features to their online destinations, letting users create detailed Web identities, connect with people over common interests, share content, and, above all, socialize. how is this new? sort of agree.

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.

Social Networks

Clark Quinn

This week we looked at Social Networks. Here are some thoughts on this topic, especially thoughts around social networks for learning. Starting with Social Networking was a blessing and a curse. Social networks have a tendency to be a bit messy. Virginia Yonkers told us - I would like to know how to manage the information flows in social networks. have been part of Ning groups before, but find it overwhelming, very quickly because there seems to be multiple inputs for information. The first week of our Free - Web 2.0

The 10 basic online tools every trainer and online facilitator should know

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

10 online tools in the backpack of every trainer and facilitator Twitter - microblogging Diigo - or any other social bookmarking service LinkedIn - for networking and groups Padlet - a brainstorm wall Youtube - search and make your own channel/playlists Yammer - and other smart tools to create private conversation groups Screencast-o-matic - and other screencasting tools Bigmarker - webinar tool for free Google - and Google plus Ning - or another paid online platform/LMS Do you know and work with the tools mentioned? short description below. One alternative is present.me.

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The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. It took 40 years, but with the invention of the Internet and social media tools, Licklider & Taylor’s predication has come true. An Educator’s Professional Learning Network.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. It took 40 years, but with the invention of the Internet and social media tools, Licklider & Taylor’s predication has come true. An Educator’s Professional Learning Network.

Reflections on Twitter and social networking

Clark Quinn

I’ve been using Twitter for a number of weeks now, and that, combined with several recent social networking activities prompted this reflection.  And Ning’s quite interesting  too.  However, they’re beginning to turn into one big Ning mass that I have trouble differentiating.  It’s just having to remember to go to all these different places.  I suspect I need to spend more time getting the notifications right. Twitter is a different story; described as micro-blogging, it’s more immediate, more a pointer.  What am I missing

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Clark Quinn

The question was: What is your assessment of the relative benefits of pure blogging vs LinkedIn Answers and other social networking platform-based discussion venues? This question goes only to my network and then also out to the rest of the world who look at Answers. But it does work across both your own and your indirect network. Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities. To me blogging is a great engine for network-based conversation and continuous learning. But, it's just that.

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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GovLoop.the Social Network for Govt 2.0

Mark Oehlert

I am noticing a hockey stick-like moment for ning lately - at least in my circles. full-on ning site designed for: "gov't employee (fed/state/local), public policy student/professor, good gov't organization,  gov't contractor with good intentions." I am really digging this particular implementation and kudos to Steve Ressler , GovLoop's founder - for going forward with this idea.

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. Situation 2: Now at work.

Social Networking, Informal Learning, Twitter, & Gaming

Big Dog, Little Dog

We are all very familiar with social networking platforms such as MySpace, Flikr, YouTube, Twitter, Bebo and Facebook. KM Asia: keynote on social computing - Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge. Improved collective performance: Investing in Web 2.0 - Knowledge Board. They are almost household names. How does management respond to this? Informal learning - the next big thing?

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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Lessons from Ning and free Web 2.0 services - eLearning R&D engines

Vignettes Learning

tools including social networking for example Ning.com. Unfortunately, Ning has decided to close down its free service and requires account holders to move to paid subscription. Ning's decision shows the volatility of funding web 2.0 Also, visit and create your FREE Social Learning for Work and Performance project. Ray Jimenez, PhD 3Minute Worlds - Learning Community Social Learning, Work and Performance 3Minute eLearning Games "Helping Learners Learn Their Way" Ray Jimenez, PhD Author "3-Minute e-Learning" www.vignettestraining.com. Web 2.0

Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0 Social Networking

Vignettes Learning

Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0

CEO of Ning Keynoting at Defense Information Systems Agency

Mark Oehlert

So I love that now as people ask me about accessing things like social networking sites like ning from within DOD, I can say things like "well we may not be 100% of the way there but DISA had so-and-so for a keynote speaker, that must indicate something.".and Tags: DISA ning I LOVE this. Turns out DISA (at the most simplistic, understated level - this ISP for.  . DOD) is having a little conference this spring and they've asked Gina Bianchini , the CEO of ning.com to give the keynote. and yes, you can get to ning.com from within DISA - from what little birds tell me.

4 Ways to Apply the Situated Learning Theory

Origin Learning

These opportunities should involve a social community which replicates real world situations. Information and facts that are hard to retain when they are drilled out of any meaningful context and are learned much more effortlessly when learners are acquiring them as part of a game or through social media such as blogs or micro blogs. What is the Situated Learning Theory? Role Playing.

JIVE's clearspace takes social networking behind the firewall

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

USAToday recently said that "Jive Software wants to be the Apple Computer of corporate social networks." Jive calls itself a "social productivity" service. love the idea of social productivity. However, if you're used to the likes of kickapps.com and NING and peopleagregator and other "free" offereings, you might get a little sticker shock. I've been watching Clearspace as one of those Enterprise products that just might have that something special that finally brings the Web2.0 tonight. Sweet! Now, for the corporate training community, the question remains.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

Tom Werner, Chief Research Officer, Brandon Hall [link] LMSs are adding social features – including RSS feeds, peer ratings of content. Social media allow: Conversations to continue after training Peer-to-peer interaction in groups – so learners can continue to learn Find individualized answers (by approaching instructors and fellow learners) Share your own content Makes training more efficient Can shorten formal training, because the conversation continues. Social media communities can now create communities for external learners – customers, resellers, technicians.

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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How our learning theories shape how we use technology for learning

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

The paper caught my interest because I am a fan of social constructivist theories of learning (think: learning by conversation) and always amazed at how differently people can think about what learning is and what it needs. Constructivist theory and social-constructism theories. See Jane Hart''s use your Enterprise Social Network for workplace learning. Lesson?

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1st update on 10 Tools Challenge 2013

Jane Hart

It has been good to see the varied interest in the 10 Tools Challenge both on my blog and Twitter as well as on other social channels – so here are a few updates. 1 – In response to a number of requests I’m now collating the blogs of those who are taking part as an update on the introductory blog post  - so that the posts can be shared more widely. OFFICE TOOLS.

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?

The Impact of Social Media in the Workplace

CLO Magazine

Social media continues to grow, as do the discussions regarding its application within the realm of business and learning. There are various interpretations of social media, whether it is specific to networking and web 2.0 technologies or spans the use of any existing technology that enhances social relationships. Social media, however, has many benefits to business, especially the evident advancements in collaboration and communication. Let’s first review the term, “social media.” tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, YouTube). Other online communities (e.g.

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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.

Multi-me

Learning with e's

You can never have too many social networking connections, I reckon. So besides all my Flickring (4 accounts), Twittering , Plurking and Facebooking, and my occasional Slidesharing , Wikiing, Ninging and Elgging, I have also joined the International Edublogger Directory (check out their blog ). Tags: slideshare elgg Edublogger Flickr Twitter FaceBook ning

ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?

ZaidLearn

Gmail Social bookmarking tool? Social bookmarking tool with collaborative learning features (groups, forums, etc.)? Connect with Ning Social Networking tool? Soshiku 3D online virtual world where I can socialize, connect and learn? SimCity Game to understand social studies better? OpenDOAR Site covering todays top social, political, and tech issues?

Weekly Bookmarks (4/18/2010)

Experiencing eLearning

Directory of E-Learning Tools: Social networks. Lots of choices for social networking & collaboration tools. Those looking for replacements for Ning are probably most interested in the private/closed social networks that are free and hosted. tags : socialnetworking , tools. Cross-Browser CSS Gradient. CSS-only gradients–no separate images needed. Still won’t work in all browsers, but it’s a nice touch for the ones that do. tags : css , webdesign , howto. Using Moodle: Workshop Grades Not Posting to Gradebook.

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

eLearning Learning Posts

Today I was on a panel about social learning. No matter what anyone tells you, no one really has a clue how to “do&# social in the enterprise. 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. Introduction to Social Networking. However, in this case the majority wasn’t actively using social media. June 2010.

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?

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

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. Social Reporter , March 15, 2009 The other day I was discussing social reporting and other online activities for a £300-ticket, two-day event with the organiser, and he said: “Next year we are going to have to make it free&#. 8220;Social media should be the default and should kick in as soon as I register and continue past the conference.&#. &#.

Two Free Online Conferences

Experiencing eLearning

Join the Ning group and register on the conference event page. Brief Intro to Social Networks. Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning. Beyond Networks. 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. Now What?

Ningcompoops

Jay Cross

This is the email I received today: Hi Ning Network Creator! As you may have already heard, we’re going to be making some big changes at Ning over the course of the next two months. We’ll be phasing out our free service so we can focus our attention on pleasing our most passionate and successful Network Creators – people like you. We realize that you’ll have a decision to make about how to proceed with your Ning Network and which pricing plan will work best for you, and we are here to help! I can see why Gina Bianchini resigned.