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Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s rather more like a mesh network, in which each starling is reacting only to the seven starlings around it. Learning needs to be networked.

Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

This weekend I noticed a tweet from Alec Couros about some issues with the Ning social networking platform. This social networking platform is simple to set-up and use and has been embraced by millions, including LearnTrends (+3,000) and WorkLiteracy (+900), two sites I manage. The Elgg community blog has more information.

Identifying a collaboration platform

Harold Jarche

Step Two, or a concurrent step, would be to look at how to enhance collaboration. First of all, collaborative work tools must be simple to be effective. A collaboration platform that is over-engineered would be counterproductive. Does it simplify work and make it more transparent for everyone in the network?

From “learning technologies” to “social technologies”

Jane Hart

These might be proprietary systems like Jive , Podio , Yammer , Socialcast , or open source software, like WordPress / Buddypress or Elgg.

Information: What am I missing?

George Siemens

Create, collaborate, and share. Landing (Elgg), Twitter, Facebook. understand activity, influence, networks, or other means of social and. information network activity. What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? What am I missing? What can we do with information that I’ve overlooked?

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100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

collaboration 8. Managing the Complexity of Forming an Online Networking Community: 14. Building community in an online learning environment: communication, cooperation and collaboration 16. Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge 25. Podcast on Social Networking in Project-Based Learning | Beyond School 44.

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. Which is why I’m quite pleased that we’re using Elgg for our institutional learning/collaboration network at Athabasca University: the Landing.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This work, in turn, is suggesting and supporting the model of learning described in the first section, that of a course network supporting and informing an ever-shifting set of course episodes. McCall, 2005) Learning networks capture an essential element in learning today, the simple fact that we don't know what we want to teach.

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

Open source Elgg may replace Ning with a non locked-in platform, but its success remains to be seen. Just look at Google Docs, the best and easiest DIY online collaboration suite, in my opinion. Enabling DIY should be a prime directive in the development of technologies for collaborative work and networked learning as well.

May – June 15 Great Ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Study: Twitter Is Not a Very Social Network - ReadWriteWeb , May 11, 2010. Blog – The Fundamental Limits of Privacy For Social Networks - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , May 4, 2010. Edfutures – How to collaborate and not lead. Using Twitter to deliver a collaborative keynote , May 23, 2010.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

Blogger in Middle-earth , May 26, 2009 Tips for Working with SMEs - Bozarthzone , May 21, 2009 Social Networking in Times of Stress and Personal Emergencies - Electronic Papyrus , May 11, 2009 Aligning Learning Theory with Instructional Design - The E-Learning Curve , May 21, 2009 Developing a PLE Using Web 2.0 Hope you enjoy.

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Stephen Downes, National Research Council Dimensions of a learning Network In this talk I overview the major elements of Connectivism and learning network theory, explaining how networks are used to foster learning,and describing the properties of stable or effective networks. 12% picked 'Astronomy'. This is not helpful.

Connectivism and Transculturality

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Communities as Networks As you can see we are broadcasting live to a worldwide audience of 27 people. Look at this network up here on the screen. This is a network of western European languages. They're clusters located within a network rather than stand-along "we are all united" kind of groups. We have a social network.

Stager, Logo and Web 2.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

While some continue to argue that tooks and resources should be specifically 'educational', I would suggest that the newer approach (which we are calling 'learning networks' or 'connectivism') stresses continuity between the educational environment and the wider social environment. Learning networks. tools in schools. movement. world.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If so, then the mathematics describing the difficusion of technology will be the same as the mathematics underlying social network theory. Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading. I argue that both statements are true.