LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga

Janet Clarey

Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My more recent contact at Mzinga is Dave Wilkins. I spoke with Dave via email about what Mzinga is doing with social media. Q: What social media tools is Mzinga incorporating into their LMS? A: Dave Wilkins - Mzinga has taken a comprehensive approach to social learning by developing three models throughout various components of our entire Social Learning Suite.

Social Networking: Meet Corporate America

Josh Bersin on Enterprise Learning

Read more» The post Social Networking: Meet Corporate America appeared first on JOSH BERSIN. Content Development Enterprise Learning HR Systems Informal Learning Performance Management knowledgeplanet mzinga social networking taleo tomoyeThis week I was on a panel at the Oracle Users Group discussing the needs of the multi-generational workforce.


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Formal learning & social networking

Clark Quinn

is about informal learning, but the organization was moving to using social networking tools to scaffold their move from face-to-face to more online learning. So I was asked to talk about social networking and formal learning. That is, the first reason to use social networking around formal learning is to make it part of the repertoire of the community. I then segued to my second point, which is that social networking tools are better formal learning.

Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

Josh Bersin on Enterprise Learning

Earlier this year we embarked on a major research effort to understand the growing role of social networking in enterprise learning and talent management. Let me give you a brief preview of some of our initial findings: Organizations are working mightily to figure out how to leverage social networking (blogs, Read more» The post Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger

Tony Karrer

I've not seen a lot about Mzinga in the eLearning world, but it represents something pretty interesting. Mzinga is a merger of KnowledgePlanet (an LMS provider and also the maker of the eLearning simulation tool - Firefly) and Shared Insights - a community / business social networking software company. The top execs at Mzinga are not the top execs from KnowledgePlanet. I wonder if mzinga does?

Learnlets » Climbing the expertise ladder

Clark Quinn

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. This is not so of a new generation of social networking technology, which is being used to provide software services under trading names such as Ning, CollectiveX, Sossoon, Hiitch, Huddle, Mzinga, British Telecom's Workspace (project management), Clearspace, and even Microsoft's Sharepoint.

Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0 Social Networking

Vignettes Learning

Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0

Related Terms

Tony Karrer

Here are some terms that are getting more attention the first couple weeks this month (December 2008) include Social Media , eLearning Activity , Mobile Learning , Yugma , Slideshare , SharePoint , Twitter , 100 Conversations , Mzinga , and GeoLearning. Mzinga is shown related to Personal Learning , Social Software , Learning 2.0 , Storyboards , PLEs , CollectiveX , Firefly , Tomoye , KnowledgePlanet , Element K , Awareness Networks.

LMS and Social Learning

Tony Karrer

We’ve recently seen LMSs shift to include more functionality, such as wikis, blogs, social networking, etc. And when it comes to social networking, as a co-worker put it, “Do they really think I’m going to create a ‘friends’ list in the LMS? Mzinga seems to have jumped out early with a strong social platform that also has an LMS capability. Dave Wilkins from Mzinga talks about the two models of social learning as depicted by the diagram on the right.

E-Learning News

eLearning 24-7

Coming in late June: Mzinga’s newest offering. If you wish to connect with me on Linkedin.com – when you choose to “add to your network&# – enter in diego.studiocity@gmail.com and I will connect. You read it here first -Exclusive: - SCORM Cloud a potential game changer in the e-learning industry goes live Monday – June 7th. If you are unaware of this offering or interested in learning more, please read SCORM Cloud Review.

Social Media Goals

Clark Quinn

Mzinga is clearly targeted at the learning space, being integrated with an LMS. Yet, for a learning group, Mzinga’s integration of formal and informal learning is also plausible. On the other hand, a pure focus on social networking may be the more natural framework, but how do you get power to leverage the content generated? I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0

Hot List

Tony Karrer

In other words, we are using what is happening: with the content out in the network on the eLearning Learning searches that land on us and that occur on the site, and various other kinds of behaviors. There are some very cool new features especially our hot list feature coming out soon on the eLearning Learning Content Community. The site is beginning to take into account social signals.

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E-Learning 24/7 Latest News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

Mzinga - Newest product b4 it hits the streets. Social Media offerings and services – did you know there are over 190 social networking sites (besides Facebook and Twitter)? Latest news and notes. Coming this Thursday June 24th : The Revolution is Coming - How tablets will take e-learning farther and further than b4. Product Reviews: Coming in July - All Exclusives!

Interesting Information via eLearning Learning

Tony Karrer

relates closely to the concepts Learning 2.0 , eLearning Tools , Corporate eLearning , Personal Learning , and Enterprise 2.0 ; the Tools Odeo , CollectiveX , Bea Pages , Apache Roller , and Dogear ; and the Companies NexLearn , Awareness Networks , Element K , and Mzinga. Also interesting topics: Cognitive , Effectiveness , LCMS , Social Network , iPhone , Director. We've implemented a few features in the eLearning Learning Community.


Clark Quinn

My ongoing question has been about transitioning from wrapping social networking around formal learning to being members of communities of practice. In the CLT, Dave Wilkins of Mzinga talked about the ‘Amazon’ model of tools around a learning resource (as a formal learning model) and the community model of tools embedded in a community.

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Rapid (Collaborative) Authoring Tools for developers/SMEs in multiple locations

Janet Clarey

After looking at the Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase I went to my LinkedIn and Twitter network. Mzinga Publisher. I’ve been slicing and dicing our Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase and doing some online research in response to a question about collaborative rapid authoring tools that developers in multiple locations can use.

What is to Come in 2008

The Learning Circuits

Social Networking is hitting the corporate scene, driving tremendous demand for informal learning, or what we call "learning on-demand." The CoP companies we talk with tell us that their businesses are booming (Tomoye and Mzinga being two which focus heavily in this space). As I read the blog I'd like to post a few updates on our research and predictions for e-learning in 2008.

Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?


My conversation with George was no exception as we spoke at length about Connectivism , social learning networks, and the future of current learning technologies (LMS, LCMS, etc.) Within 20 weeks of implementing their social network: Adoption surpassed 25K users Over 2,100 groups were formed across practices, communities of interest, competencies, etc. I would add that Mzinga is another elearning company on this chart, in addition to Saba.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Managing the Complexity of Forming an Online Networking Community: 14. Mzinga : White Paper Series : eLearning 2.0 & Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge 25. Podcast on Social Networking in Project-Based Learning | Beyond School 44. Learning and Networking with a Blog (Deleted Scenes) : eLearning Technology 46. The Social Affordances of the Internet for Networked Individualism 68. Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge 98.

Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)

Janet Clarey

Reporting, fact checking, AND now monitoring & participating in worldwide network of “on the street&# de facto reporters. <digression>… Susan is Senior PR Manager at Mzinga who communicates with all sorts of people on Twitter. Separate accounts for some social networking sites to keep topics organized.

2008 2009

Tony Karrer

and Quality (11) Social Learning Objects - Flash Cards (9) Learn Trends 2008 (9) New Work and New Work Skills (8) Concept Worker (8) Online Conferences and In-Person Conferences (8) Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers (8) eLearning Learning Launched (7) Learning Communities List (7) Forums vs. Social Networks (7) Blog Learning (7) Good Questions Identify eLearning 2.0 Mzinga is going a different direction focusing on collaboration and social media capabilities.

The future is people, not technology

Jay Cross

Companies should embrace network-supported informal learning because it works better, not because it reduces labor costs. An active community of practice is a different animal from a bottom-up knowledge management network or a corporate news channel. TogetherLearn ’s Clark Quinn sees the need for a learnscape architect who nurtures the health of the learning network for collaboration, communication and learning opportunities. More Human Than Human. CLO magazine, June 2009.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

Social news or network aggregators. Niche social communities, within their own system, i.e. one general FB page or perhaps using a combination of other social networking sites with various features that may not exist on FB; and then a social networking feature geared towards only HR people or IT people, or job roles, etc. In The Cloud – zinged into your Learning Portal or even a social networking site or group.

LMSs that kick ass: Saba

Janet Clarey

Saba’s most recent social learning announcement is called “Saba Social&# and is a robust enterprise social networking solution that uniquely combines a rich person profile, competency-driven expertise, real-time collaboration, and a comprehensive Web 2.0 Next week: Mzinga. The sixth LMS in the LMSs that kick ass Friday series is Saba.

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LRS Rankings (Learning Record Store)

eLearning 24-7

Pluses include usage behaviors, influencers, trends of actors (learners including network), learner profiles with details, statement frequencies (many systems do this, just fyi). Mzinga. I’m a dreamer. I dream that those who are involved in e-learning (online) and soon immersive (VR/AR/MR), learn and understand about the nuances of the various types of learning technology current and down the road. Each piece can help you achieve amazing and outstanding results.

Looking Back at 2007

Tony Karrer

Instead, I now need to get smart on things like community, networks, personal knowledge management and other such topics. However, there's Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger announcement around Mzinga. In December 2006, I posted my challenges and predictions for 2007. I thought it would be worth looking back at what I said in this post to see how I did for the year. Shortly, I'll be responding to this month's Big Question with my Predictions for Learning in 2008.

Mzinga 100

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

Future of Training Started Yesterday – Dave Wilkins – Mzinga The gist: we need to completely rethink training departments and responsibilities from the ground up (both literally and figuratively) and we need to recognize that we are midst of a transition to a new normal. Training Method Trends Working Smarter: Corporate learning in the network era Disruptive Changes in Learning eLearning Technology. This is a very strange time.

New skills for learning professionals

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

An active community of practice is a different animal from a bottom-up knowledge management network or a corporate news channel. Pointing out that I foresee job enrichment and greater responsibilities for learning professionals who take on the challenge, I noted some other people’s observations: TogetherLearn’s Clark Quinn sees the need for a learnscape architect who nurtures the health of the learning network for collaboration, communication and learning opportunities.