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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

It is also simple to export from WordPress.com SaaS to your own open source hosted version, which is why I strongly advise clients to use WordPress for blogging. 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 Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning

George Siemens

When I survey the landscape of educational tools, I come to the following conclusion: Elgg is the most important tool, currently available, in shaping the future of learning. Disclaimer: I was on an advisory board for Elgg when it first started, though the board never really did much, but I mention it now so it looks like I might be cool). Why Elgg? They recently announced a hosted Elgg service. And I’d love to run the next MOOC in Elgg.

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. Elgg – with its varied activity feed – is an early implementation of Circles. Yes, I likely respond to a small cluster of blogs and tweets that I encounter. I’ve been playing around with Google+.

Information: What am I missing?

George Siemens

Blogs, wikis, image sharing. Landing (Elgg), Twitter, Facebook. What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new. In this case, the “something new&# is the ways in which new tools allow us to mess around with information.

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I need some help

George Siemens

But I benefit daily from open source software – my blogs are wordpress, the server that hosts my sites runs LAMP, at work I use ELGG ( the Landing ), for open courses we use gRSShopper , etc. On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I , Open Source p.II , and Why we should share learning material.

Sense-making with PKM

Harold Jarche

Web tools to help us go public include micro-blogging; blogs and podcasts. Micro-blogging. Blogging. Elgg (OS). My annotated bookmarks and my blog are the first places I search when I have an article or report to write.

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Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

In early 2000, I also started blogging and eventually set up this site. I find conference presentations, blogging, open courses, and interactions online much more satisfying. The platform will be based on the open source ELGG tool and will include customization to reflect personalized learning content as well as advanced analytics on learner behaviour.

LearnTrends Live: Jane Hart

Jay Cross

Installs social learning system based on ELGG. Created a site where learning professionals could experiment with using ELGG. Users find ELGG quite intuitive. Frequent blogging, bookmarking, intra-organizational communication among 350+ employees. Jane Hart.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. Is the Future of Education (Techlearning blog) 11. The Bamboo Project Blog: My Personal Learning Environment An example of a PLE 26. Learning and Networking with a Blog (Deleted Scenes) : eLearning Technology 46. Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment | FunnyMonkey - Tools for Teachers 59. The Art of Building Virtual Communities (Techlearning blog) 63.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

is arguably the development of blogging software, whichallowed people to easily create web content for the first time. In education, probably themajor player from this era was Elgg, at that time and still to this day a noveltechnology.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ben Werdmuller, with Dave Tosh, built a thing called Elgg a while back, which is now widely respected as a social networking environment for learning. We said, "Create a blog on Blogger. by Stephen Downes Introduction: What learners Need Sorry, I forgot to turn on the audio recording.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Software to create social networks is the logical successor to content management systems such as Drupal, and in the field of learning, the most prominent such system is Elgg. In addition to supporting content creation and the creation of networks of friends among members, Elgg allowed people to import content from remote sites and to syndicate this content through the use of RSS feeds. Retrieved from Connectivism & Connective Knowledge Blog: [link] Drupal.

Selecting OS learning technology platforms

Harold Jarche

I would add Elgg to mix if there is an interest in the functionality of Ning, but with the advantage of open source. Drupal is much too powerful to be running a simple blog like mine. Dave Cormier has written a great article on selecting a content management system (CMS). Dave discusses three platforms, all of which I have used - WordPress , Moodle , Drupal. All are open source and there are a variety of hosting models available for most budgets.

Desire2Learn Mobile FLV - eLearning from Last Week

Tony Karrer

9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning , May 5, 2009 Control and Community: A Case Study of Enterprise Wiki Usage , May 4, 2009 Using Elgg as as Social Learning platform , May 2, 2009 Learning with 'e's: e-Learning 3.0 , May 4, 2009 Learning 2.0 , May 5, 2009 Become a chief meta-learning officer , May 3, 2009 The Future of eLearning is Social Learning , May 2, 2009 Are You a Super Learner? , Here what eLearning Learning thinks is the most interesting stuff from last week.

May – June 15 Great Ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

If Mark Zuckerberg invented the Web - Joho the Blog , May 15, 2010. Blog – The Fundamental Limits of Privacy For Social Networks - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , May 4, 2010. Dave’s Educational Blog , June 4, 2010. Facebook, The Movie, In Theaters Soon - Lockergnome Blog Network , June 4, 2010. The Long Now Blog , May 6, 2010. Blog , June 8, 2010. Blog Post: How do you prevent people from stealing your ideas?

Explode

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. Because the commenting system knows the identity of the commenter, it can also (optionally) fire a copy of the comment back to the commenters own blog or website. My comments to Dave Tosh on the launch of Explode. Pretty nifty.

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. WordPress, for those who are more blog-oriented. 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. My relation with ELGG, if I am to be perfectly honest, is exactly as described.

Facebook Platform

Tony Karrer

If you think about MyBlogLog implemented on top of Facebook it becomes a better application because I'll know more people who are visiting my blog. In fact, LMS, Elgg, Flickr, del.icio.us, Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Groups, Amazon, hmmm, the list gets long quickly. Stephen Downes picked up my post on Facebook As a Learning Platform. He commented: To be clear, I do not think that Facebook itself is really a learning environment.

Too Many Social Networks?

Tony Karrer

I have an unflattering picture of me there, a place to put a blog, a profile (which I've scaled way back), a picture of Steve Hargadon (best part of the page), and something called a Chatter. I 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.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

We are operating this class on the Ning platform [the description of how we used Ning still pertains to other social networking platforms such as Elgg or Grou.ps ]. It also offers great functionality, including allowing members to write blogs and engage in forum discussions. For instance, this website is on WordPress , an open source blogging platform. With almost 2,000 posts on this blog, these data are becoming quite important to me as my knowledge base.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009 Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators - Don't Waste Your Time , May 9, 2009 Twitter and Webinars - eLearning Technology , May 14, 2009 Presentation: Twitter in Education - Don't Waste Your Time , May 12, 2009 The Challenge of Training the PlayStation Generation - The E-Learning Curve , May 15, 2009 Adobe eLearning Suite: is it worth it?

So many thoughts, so little time

Jay Cross

Blog , January 26, 2009. Blog – How to Save Media - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , May 3, 2009. Blogs in Education - Half an Hour , April 13, 2009. Five Things I Do With Every Ubuntu Installation - Lockergnome Blog Network , June 10, 2009. Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon’s open-ended sharing - Joho the Blog , March 7, 2009. aka, No, Kevin, this is not “socialism&# ) - Lessig Blog , May 28, 2009.

Social Media Goals

Clark Quinn

Drupal is an open source CMS that’s been used for social media, and Elgg similarly started as an open source portfolio tool but has expanded. However, I don’t know if having a separate app for blogs, wikis, and all works, as you want profiles and discussions to be integrated, so reckon you do want a social media environment, or you’ll have to use a lot of glue. I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Complacency and Web 2.0

John Hagel

and ads) with Elgg (open source with Web 2.0 I founf interesting this Vecosys post I wrote about in my blog.

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. I find my RSS reader and blogging engine to be great objects to think with. As for the 'explicit statement', Stager is welcome to read Educational Blogging and get back to me. Then you have to process that experience, to reflect on it through the act of creating the blog post, video or whatever.

Connectivism and Transculturality

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's you, at the centre, it's represented in this case by Elgg because the people from Elgg created this diagram, it's a version of the diagram created by Scott Wilson, and then you at the centre are connected to all kinds of different things, different people, different applications online. Typically in a connectivist course a student will do some sort of common activities: reading, posting comments, creating blogging, contributing content to a wiki.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This resulted in a system that is very different from Moodle, which developed with constructivist theory specifically in mind, and even more from ELGG, which is probably the closest thing we have today to a connectivist application. Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading.