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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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Policies for Staff use of Social Media and Social Networks

Dont Waste Your Time

Does your employer / Institution have a policy for the accepted use, by staff, for how they can use Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, YouTube, WordPress, etc)? Here a are a few I found; DePaul University – Social Media Guidelines: Social Media Working Group. SAP -  Social Media Guidelines 2009. Related posts: Presentation: ROI of Social Media.

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. Introduction to Social Networking. Online social networks facilitate connections between people based on shared interests, values, membership in particular groups (i.e., They make it easier for people to find and communicate with individuals who are in their networks using the Web as the interface. It is also the network of choice for most professionals.

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.

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Ning cancels “free”

George Siemens

Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). Many educators use Ning for creating social networks. But, for Ning, ad revenue has not been able to meet their financial needs. Which is why I’m quite pleased that we’re using Elgg for our institutional learning/collaboration network at Athabasca University: the Landing. Hosted services are great – as long as you can pull your data out (a significant value to Google’s data liberation project).

Measuring user engagement by leveraging the power of ‘copy-and-paste’

Dont Waste Your Time

Social : Identify which social channels produce the most lift and impact for your site. There is plenty of support for other blogging platforms on the Tynt installation help page  (including Blogger, Ning, Typepad, Tumblr, etc). Technology Engagement Keywords Search Engine SEO Social Evolution Social Network Tynt Website WordPress WordPress30What is Tynt?

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

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.  Networks can be public or private, which gives facilitators greater control over the direction of their communities.

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.

An Exploration of Social Networking


These are Blogs, wikis and tagging with the emphasis on social bookmarking. learning network i am attempting to use the web 2.0 technology that fosters and encourages 'social networking'. Social Networking The most obvious examples of Social Networking sites are ' facebook ' and ' myspace ' and both are quite obviously about socializing.

Ning… where to go when the public square charges an entrance fee?

Electronic Papyrus

Ning announced today that it will soon convert existing customers to a fee-for-service subscription or cut them loose. Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Ning , announced the shift in the company’s business model while downsizing his company by more than 40%. The first question for most Ning community owners not willing to pay up is “where do I take my online community of practice now”? 

How I use social media professionally

Challenge to Learn

Recently a company ask me to to give them an introduction in the usage of social media, by explaining to them how I use it. actively started using LinkedIn (my first social media site) in 2004. started out very careful only connecting to people I knew really well, later I discovered that there is a value for looser a network as long as it is focused on a certain industry.

Social Networking Tools, Education and Groupwork


What is one to do to harness the power of social networking tools for the benefit of your students and there education. Why bother harnessing social networking tools? Connecting to others in your network will offer unexpected nuggets of knowledge, understanding, avenues to explore and camaraderie. The only requirement of the individual is to contribute to the network. Facebook and Ning How can one go about setting up an appropriate social network? Access to external wikis is made easy from within the network.

What is Ning (and what can I use it for)?

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve used Ning, I’ve read and talked about Ning, but I haven’t’ actually put any thought to what it is or how I can get the most out of it. Ning is “a platform for creating your own social network&# , and leaving you in control of all aspects of it (public/private, tools, etc). Blogging Collaboration Ning PLE PLN Social Media Social Network Technology Wiki You start by working [.]. Academia 2.0


Too Many Social Networks?

Tony Karrer

I just read David Warlicks' post - I Just Don't Get it Yet â€" Social Networks where he discusses his recent experience with several Ning generated social networks including: I've joined Library 2.0 , School 2.0 , and Classroom 2.0. I've tried out several social network tools and have had a similar reaction. already have a blog and participate in a variety of discussion groups, so while theoretically if a critical mass of people joined the network, I would join to be able to participate - but - that's not really going to happen.

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

Vignettes Learning

tools including social networking for example 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" Web 2.0

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

Tony Karrer

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Why Ning Gets A Partial Ding! - NorthStarNerd.Org


NorthStarNerd.Org Dedicated to open access sharing of knowledge - Your host: Rich Hoeg Blog Engineering Learning Nerd TV Nerd Tweets Nordic Skiing Site Map Tutorials « The Invisible Hand Podcast | Main | Innovation Day at eContent » April 20, 2007 Why Ning Gets A Partial Ding! I was all prepared to like Ning. This service provides the ability to create, without charge, ones own public or private social network. Your newly created network may include links to blogs, rss feeds, forums, photos and videos. even created a Ning. Thanks! David.

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?

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.

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?

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 to give the keynote. and yes, you can get to 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.

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?

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 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.

Keep your social media in perpetual Beta

Learning and Working on the Web

After blogs, the next big phenomena were social networks. Ning started by giving out spaces for free and there were many other variations on that theme. Facebook beat MySpace and many other contenders to the critical point when network effects drive exponential growth. I’m still blogging, as are many others, but the conversation is constantly moving: Blogs are for longer thoughts (at least for me). This is the current state of social networking, from my particular perspective, but I’m sure it’s different for others and I know it will change.

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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.

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.

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.

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Community Building, Learning Networks and all thatJazz


offers increased options to build a significant online DMU community that will have social and learning benefits. Currently i love ning networks and their ability to create specialized networks that would be ideal to promote a learning and knowledge community that can spread 'the word' quicker than current methods. have noticed in social networks i have been involved with recently of an example of a move from moodle to a ning network because the environment is percieved to be more conducive to participation.

Respond to the call for eLearning demonstrations from the CLTI community

Ignatia Webs

A couple of eLearning guru's have started the CLTI community, or Corporate Learning Trends and Innovation community on Ning. So anyone who whishes to propose, explain, unravel their eLearning case (mobile, social media, self-pased.) is invited to send their proposal. Tags: social network education education2.0 Sorry. These are most often the hardest examples to see.

Social Media and Brass Tacks…8 Examples from the Front Line

Electronic Papyrus

Portland Metro Area Master Gardeners Ning Site (Virtual Community). Overview: Our group worked with several key faculty members and created a customized Ning site (using CSS, unique header). Tools: Ning, Fireworks, CSS, some Dreamweaver. 3. Oregon State University BeaverTurf Ning Site (Virtual Community). Tools: Ning, Fireworks, CSS, some Dreamweaver. 4.

Lessons from an early MOOC

Learning and Working on the Web

In September 2008, Michele Martin , Tony Karrer and I hosted a 6-week open professional development program on social media. Here was the program we created: Introduction to Social Networks. Social Bookmarks. This course was an excellent example of some pragmatic uses of social media and is still pertinent today. Blogs. Aggregators. Wikis. Implications / Summary.

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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.

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.

ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?


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?