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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

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. We started using Elgg for an online medical community of practice in 2004 after going through dozens of platforms. The key differentiator of Elgg is that the individual is the centre of all the action. We liked Elgg so much that we paid to develop a calendar function and then gave the code to the community.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading. From the text: It is often said or implied that technology or technological change impact education. The assumptions behind such understandings are that technology drives educational change, and that there is generally a direct and one-way relationship between technical innovation and educational transition.

Identifying a collaboration platform

Harold Jarche

I recently described one such platform – Elgg: it’s a community effort : 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. We started using Elgg for an online medical community of practice in 2004 after going through dozens of platforms. The key differentiator of Elgg is that the individual [worker] is the centre of all the action.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There’s Elgg, which isan open source social network software for learning, Atutor, LAMS (LearningActivity Management System), and more types of software are available aSchoolforge. Something that’s also received a lot ofattention recently (because he appeared on the TED videos) is the Khan Academy,which is a whole series of YouTube videos on mathematics, physics, and similarscience and technology subjects.