Transferring from Ning to Grou.ps

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The Internet Time Community has been hosted on Ning for a little over three years. I was shocked and saddened when Ning announced that its free service was ending. Lots of non-profits had signed up on Ning. The way Ning handled things left a bad taste in my mouth.

NING Alternatives via Stephen Downes

Nancy White

I don’t normally wholly post others blog posts, but I think spreading the word about alternatives to NING , which will be ending its free service, is a useful thing. I had collected a few more, but I’ll add them to the Alternatives to Ning GoogleDoc! We make the decision for lots of reasons, but the landscape is always changing. Today has been an active day in the community as people consider alternatives to Ning. An Alternatives to Ning.

Trending Sources

Keep your social media in perpetual Beta

Harold Jarche

Ning started by giving out spaces for free and there were many other variations on that theme. This is the current state of social networking, from my particular perspective, but I’m sure it’s different for others and I know it will change. It really does, when you consider how quickly some of these platforms change and how some go from good to evil overnight. Tweet When I started blogging, it was one of the few options to share ideas on the Net.

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Lessons from an early MOOC

Harold Jarche

Keep the structure loose enough so that it can grow or change according to the needs of the community. note that the platform we used, Ning, began charging for service in 2010, so the resource is no longer available].

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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. And a big part of the problem is just how many there are and how fast they change. This, of course, means some really big changes for authoring tools in the industry. Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year.

Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

— @courosa “ Ning Exposed – Tech Company Scams its Clients&# [2008]. Is Ning a scam? There’s a theory that Ning’s actions are part of a carefully planned scam to make the company the next MySpace or Facebook. 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&#.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

In addition to the real-time editing described above, it also has notifications of changes to people who are collaborating on the document. Asynchronous Discussion I personally have found that Ning works great as a tool for all sorts of different needs.

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. That post is over a year old but from the comments as late as last fall, there seem to be ongoing issues on how Ning treats its customers, users and their data. While Ning may be free, it is not open source, and the company can make changes at will, just like Facebook, Google or Twitter may do. So what is the alternative to Ning?

Social Media and Learning: Implications

Harold Jarche

I’m continuing on my theme of capturing what we learned during our Work Literacy online workshop in 2008, before Ning pulls the plug on us. Keep the structure loose enough so that it can grow or change according to the needs of the community. Previous posts have discussed several aspects of what we learned and I’d like to review some of the summative commentary. What questions still linger?

How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

” The idea was to get folks who do social media for nonprofits sharing best practices about social media adoption and culture change by balancing brief c ontent delivery with lots of interaction. Ning – Popular with nonprofits, reasonably priced, may require some customization.

Getting Help

Tony Karrer

My post New Work is about changes in work skills. One of the bigger changes in work skills have to do with getting help. Ning or LinkedIn Groups LinkedIn to find individuals LinkedIn to ask questions - via Answers Twitter (only if you've participated quite a bit) The issue with Twitter and posting questions through a blog is that you only will get responses from your existing audience.

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

Online Conference Formats - eLearning Technology , April 23, 2009 Also, if you are interested in future conferences , please go sign up on the Learn Trends Ning Group. Online Communites are Changing my World - Daretoshare , June 26, 2010 Here are four examples of how online communities have changed my world: I was organizing a conference in London UK for a client.

The leaking pyramid

Harold Jarche

Two years ago I wrote about the the forces of change and how workers, who one could call the “Cluetrained’, were dropping out of the bottom of the industrial organisation’s pyramid and doing it on their own. “It”

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

Has anything changed? Ning was wildly popular as a DIY online community builder, but that business model did not seem to work. Open source Elgg may replace Ning with a non locked-in platform, but its success remains to be seen. Over three years ago I wrote that the future of learning is DIY : With Google you can find most information that you need. YouTube is a quick and easy way to get “learning objects” to the world.

Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience

Nancy White

From a global perspective, there are some additional challenges which I brought up during a live webcast (recording of Part1) and web discussion (on Ning) that Tony Karrer hosted on SharePoint a few weeks ago. (If

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

I tried to capture things down as they were said, here are my notes: Firewalls IP Privacy / Confidentiality Security Control over Quality of Information Strict Control Over Policies – Accuracy Liability / Discoverability / Compliance Change Management – Ready for It / Culture Management Take it Seriously – Away from Work Education of Management Lack of Resources – Mobile Devices Push Back from Workforce - Adoption This is a pretty good list of commonly cited barriers.

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Tony Karrer

For example, the question above would probably be okay in LinkedIn Answers, but you might want to change it a bit to be more specific. Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities.

Training Design

Tony Karrer

Back in 2005, 2006 and 2007, I would regularly show the following slides to help explain the heart of what Training Design is all about and how it has changed over the years.

Collaboration Tools

Tony Karrer

I would expect the document to continue to grow and change, but thought it would be worth having it available in a text format as well (so I can find it when I need it).

Conversation Learning

Clark Quinn

And what I often cite as the biggest change in knowledge work skills over the past 20 years is the change in access to people. During this week's course, one of the more interesting things was seeing one of the members experience - My Real-Time, Real-Life Research Project (Using LinkedIn and Ning). Interestingly, I found the Moodle-specific ning through someone mentioning it in a response to my posting of the same question to one of the LinkedIn groups which I belong to.

Make imperfect copies

Harold Jarche

Meanwhile, Yammer started making some headway in business micro-blogging, but it’s a proprietary platform that could go the way of Ning and suddenly change its pricing model. Copying is an underrated business skill says Drake Bennett in Boston Globe’s The Imitation Economy.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Caine & Caine, 1997) Today's environment is variable, which means situations - and hence, fact - change fluidly. An understanding of such things as the financial system or global climate change requires a subtle and ever-changing perspective on the discipline. Second, learners themselves are changing. It has even been suggested that our interactions with modern communication technologies change the way we think. Understanding Why Education Must Change.

The wonders of community

Jay Cross

The community structure was a snap to set up (start your own at Ning ) and takes nothing to maintain. I arrived in Sao Paolo knowing no one. The conference sponsors who had promised me a grand tour of the city were nowhere to be found.

Slow Evolution of Learning Solutions

Tony Karrer

Charles talks about the Changing Expectations of CLOs: Many CLOs in large corporations around the world now subscribe to the view that most organisational learning is informal and even where formal learning is used they expect more than a one-off event from their suppliers. Great post from Charles Jennings – Down But Not Quite Out: what can we learn from the plights of Learning Tree International and Readers Digest? Learning Tree reported a decline of 31.2% in earnings compared to 2008.

eLearning Predictions Further Thoughts

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Communities It was interesting that ASTD DC / Todd Slater has created a Ning community. What’s the real change though is that we are becoming used to getting content both via our computer and on our mobile device. I recently posted my Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 and did a presentation on the topic. You can access a WebEx recording of the presentation here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=58772167&rKey=9ac6286700094e6f

Real Community?

Clark Quinn

At the same time, Marcia Conner was asking for examples of how someone’s Twitter/Facebook (T/FB) comments have changed your opinion of them. LinkedIn and Ning networks that I’ve participated in professionally are just that, professional. I’ve been reading John Taylor Gatto lately, and one of his points is interesting to me from the perspective of social media. His claim about schools is that they’re dehumanizing (deliberately).

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Clark Quinn

For example, the question above would probably be okay in LinkedIn Answers, but you might want to change it a bit to be more specific. Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities.

Social Grid Follow-up

Tony Karrer

However, when we just did this for the LA CTO Forum , we created a LinkedIn group so that members could search profiles and created a private Ning community for discussions, events, and communication. I often find that Ning isn't that great for specialized content.

Tracking Hurricane Gustav on Social Media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Tracking Hurricane Gustav on Social Media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

My Take on the Top 25

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ustream - I've done a few trial broadcasts, but haven't had an occasion to use it, Ning -I agree with Emma: "I really don’t like Ning." But - assuming that you believe I have some sort of handle on where the future will go - you should be able to use my report to judge what sort of changes to expect in the future.

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Yet, this is changing, and the pace of this change will continue to accelerate. Sterling, 1999) New Technology in Education While technology changes rapidly, people do not. Underlying the transition from formal, structured learning to more informal and more unstructured learning is not simply a technological change but also a social change. It is this change I have attempted in recent years to capture under the heading of ‘groups versus networks’.

What Not To Build

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These became platforms (see above) and then we had social network multiplier sites, like Ning. That has all changed. This all changes as transportation becomes increasingly expensive. I get to play a government scientist on the internet.

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

How do you recommend we stay up-to-date with the changing technology? Can you discuss the cultural implications of these changes? Can a highly regulated and slow to change Insurance Industry adapt these new methods of learning? Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 2.0 Tools for eLearning.

Media and Messages

Harold Jarche

These are some of my observations I passed on via Twitter: “I knew I was in a community of practice when my practice had changed,&# heard in a discussion. The main limitation of using Ning is the lack of wiki, and obvious weakness when creating a schedule on the fly with people in multiple time zones. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, every message has its medium and every medium has its message.

CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Tools = search engine, tagging tool Once you have identified the activities you want to support, you can either look for a platform that brings the required tools together (like an Elearning platform, content management system or a hosted site like Ning [link] ).

Down But Not Quite Out: what can we learn from the plights of Learning Tree International and Readers Digest?

Charles Jennings

However, both are living in troubled times for the same reason – a failure to innovate and a failure to adapt in a rapidly changing world. The CEO reported that foreign exchange rate changes had an impact, but I think Learning Tree is facing deeper problems.

Networks and Communities

Tony Karrer

I also signed up to a couple Ning communities where I'm lurking. Introduction to Social Networking Introduction to Social Networking Six Steps to a Remarkably Powerful Network Weave Smarter Networks with LinkedIn How to Grow a Facebook Network Join a Ning community Before You Seek Conversation There's an acronym that everyone should know - RTFM. In some cases, I will change it to ask for written responses.

CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community

Nancy White

Once you have identified the activities you want to support, you can either look for a platform that brings the required tools together (like an Elearning platform, content management system or a hosted site like Ning [link] ).

Profile Photos

Tony Karrer

In that post, I suggested that you should always add a profile photo: Don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. I'm not saying this is fair or right … I'm saying this micro-decision is going on all the time and you are not likely to change it (although you've got me to think about my own bias). I received a response that I didn't expect on my post Profile Photo.