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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

advise my clients that they should consider how important their data is to them before using software as a service (SaaS). Another platform that I have used since its early days is Elgg , an open source social networking platform that attracted me because of its unique underlying model. The Elgg community blog has more information.

Google+ – fundamental misunderstanding of networks?

George Siemens

Within our research on social network software at Athabasca University (the Elgg-based The Landing ), we (mainly Jon Dron, actually) have been looking at ways to create different representations of activity streams to meet the needs of different contexts. I’ve been playing around with Google+. Yes, I’ll remember that.

Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The project to which he refers, of course, is ELGG. It was crowded even when ELGG launched. Here's the question to ask: would ELGG have had any measure of success had it been subscription-based software? As open source software goes, ELGG is almost unique in its intent to create a revenue stream for its producer.

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.

Ascent from Social Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For years I've browsed the web with ad-blocking software in my browser. It's able to spot the advertisements because reader views of advertising are tracked and reported, and the software can spot this. People have tried to build alternatives, like Elgg and Diaspora and and and You probably do.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Theprocess of connecting was involved and complex, requiring the use of modems andspecial software. Commercial software came into existence, including both operatingsystems and application programs such as spreadsheets, word processors, anddatabase tools. The core technology of web 2.0 is social software. learning 2.0 possible?

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Storyboards & eLearning (Pt. 1) " EduTech gEEks.We're a new brEEd Still new on campus, social software tools can support students and staff beyond the classroom, reaching around the world for learning and communication 17. We Learning, Part II Second part of an interesting article - We Learning: Social Software and E-Learning, Part II.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s education done by software application, basically. That''s how you start a broadcast, with dead air. Quick mike check. It''s interesting.

Open Source Business Model

Tony Karrer

Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks. However, Elgg could power 100,000 networks and it would make no difference - there is no revenue stream as we give everything away under a GPL license. understand his frustration. Think Moodle as an LMS.

Moodle Course Conversion

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Moodle is an open source course management system with a wide following. The Open University in the UK uses it to support 200,000 distance learners.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This paper described experimentation in the development of distributed online courses and in software - particularly, the personal learning environment - that support the formation of connections between the far-flung pieces of such courses. gRSShopper is available as free and open source software for public download. Akili, G. K.


Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Now - yes, it's distributed, in that I don't need to use specific software (such as ELGG) to create my friends network. Nothing against ELGG, it's great, but I use my own software. It allows me to join networks where ELGG used to cut me off. My comments to Dave Tosh on the launch of Explode. Pretty nifty.

Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

This reminds me how important it is to own your data , and the following show two open source options to Ning’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform: @elggdotcom “there is a hosted version of Elgg coming in May&#. dweinberger “The only way I know to solve big problems anymore is to do it in public.&#. Is Ning a scam?

Facebook Platform

Tony Karrer

It's a large, centralized piece of software that is getting creaky with use (we've seen more outages and the PHP code is once again dumping itself into users' browsers). In fact, LMS, Elgg, Flickr,, Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Groups, Amazon, hmmm, the list gets long quickly. Linked in doesn't seem to suffer from that.

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Finally, I'm not really sure that asking about open source right now is as relevant as asking about free software as a service (SaaS) models. Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? So, we should naturally expect to see open source solutions emerge where we see relatively stable feature sets.

Stager, Logo and Web 2.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Moodle and Elgg , for example, adopt explicitly Constructivist theories to inform their design and development. Add commercial pressures that devalued children making their own software (for obvious reasons) and the rest is history." My thinking is that Web 2.0 Thick software manuals and how-to guides are the legacies of a 1.0