David Gurteen

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.

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.

Trending Sources

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. I’ve been playing around with Google+. As others have stated, it’s Google’s best foray into social networking.

Harold Jarche » Elgg and the LMS Patent

Harold Jarche

Harold Jarche » Elgg powers business and academic community

Harold Jarche

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.

Ascent from Social Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

People have tried to build alternatives, like Elgg and Diaspora and App.net and pump.io The sad part is, most of you won't read this message. Not because you don't want to. You probably do. You actually followed me just for that purpose. But because your social network is lying to you. As of today my Facebook page OLDaily has 638 'likes'. This mean s 638 people think they are following the page. Yet when I post an article on that page, it reaches a small percentage of that audience.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning. And I’d love to run the next MOOC in Elgg. 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. Why Elgg?

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Harold Jarche » Best open source social networking platform

Harold Jarche

Moving social networked learning forward

George Siemens

The Landing is a social network (based on Elgg) that we’ve deployed to increase social connectedness at Athabasca. I’ve mentioned Athabasca University’s Landing previously. I’ve posted a few thoughts on what needs to be done to move social networked learning forward

Hard is Easy, Soft is Hard

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

changes things – like Elgg, it is a plug-in based environment, so your Moodle 2.0 So we have: - hard systems, like Yahoo’s predefined indices, which was easy to use - soft systems, like Google, with no predefined categories, but was harder to use Example: Elgg at Athabasca. But the ‘softer’ (less predefined) system of Elgg is harder to use, especially within a hard (entrenched, institutionalized, calcified) system like Athabasca.

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.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

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. I’ve never really actively “looked for work” In my late teens, my brother and I started a series of restaurants (we owned and operated seven in total). The hospitality field is very hard, however, on families and relationships as it consumes an enormous amount of time.

Harold Jarche » Open Source – you get what you pay for

Harold Jarche

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. Jane Hart. Customization. Open source. Supporting infrastructure.

Harold Jarche » Open Source LMS

Harold Jarche

Sense-making with PKM

Harold Jarche

Elgg (OS). Note: This is a revised HTML version of previous PDF’s posted on the site , which should make it easier for sharing. We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially.

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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.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In education, probably themajor player from this era was Elgg, at that time and still to this day a noveltechnology. ( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. These, however, represent only the mostrecent of what can be seen as a series of 'generations' of e-learning.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment | FunnyMonkey - Tools for Teachers 59. My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0

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. A friend of mine has a company that builds open source applications in spaces that are a bit less innovative than Elgg, but they do very well financially through the packaging and support models.

Ning cancels “free”

George Siemens

Which is why I’m quite pleased that we’re using Elgg for our institutional learning/collaboration network at Athabasca University: the Landing. Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). Hosted services are great – as long as you can pull your data out (a significant value to Google’s data liberation project). Many educators use Ning for creating social networks. But, for Ning, ad revenue has not been able to meet their financial needs.

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. by Stephen Downes Introduction: What learners Need Sorry, I forgot to turn on the audio recording.

Product Vendor Blogs - Where are They?

Tony Karrer

If you look on my link roll, there's one from Articulate, elgg, ummm. Another thought just occurred to me based on my last post Innovation Geography Based and Innovation in eLearning. Ben Werdmuller posted his comments on this Does location matter for web startups? and asked about innovation in eLearning, especially innovation that leads to products. One thing that just dawned on me is how few product vendor blogs there are in eLearning.

Moodle Course Conversion

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Unlike Drupal or ELGG, Moodle enables you to set up courses and learning environments without any programming skills… as long as you have a step-by-step guidebook like this one. Moodle is an open source course management system with a wide following.

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 Drupal: [link] Elgg. Retrieved from Elgg: [link] Foreman, J.

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. 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.

E-Learning: Générations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Enl'éducation, sans doute l'acteur majeur de cette époque était Elgg, à cetteépoque et elle est encore à ce jour, une nouvelle technologie. ( English version ) Ces dernières années, j'ai travaillé sur deux grandsconcepts: d'abord, la théorie de l'apprentissage en ligne connectivist, quiconsidère l'apprentissage comme un processus de réseau et, deuxièmement, lemassif cours ouverts en ligne, ou MOOC, qui est une instanciation de ceprocessus.

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. My relation with ELGG, if I am to be perfectly honest, is exactly as described. This is why they treat ELGG as a business.

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. My comments to Dave Tosh on the launch of Explode. Pretty nifty.

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

The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning , May 6, 2010. The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning , May 6, 2010. Best of Informal Learning Flow. May 1, 2010 to June 14, 2010. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. 12 Things Good Bosses Believe - HarvardBusiness.org , May 28, 2010. What is data science? OReilly Radar , June 2, 2010. 10 techniques to massively increase retention - Donald Clark Plan B , May 28, 2010.

Facebook Platform

Tony Karrer

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. 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).

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

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. Apple gives the essential tools for knowledge workers, and in a nice package. Wikipedia has shown that the wisdom of crowds is just as good as the wisdom of elites.

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&#. Here’s what I learned on Twitter this past week: @literacyadviser “The only truly effective web filter is an educated mind.&# via @ jonhusband. dweinberger “The only way I know to solve big problems anymore is to do it in public.&#.

Too Many Social Networks?

Tony Karrer

If you watched the Brandon Hall network fail or have participated in Elgg then it shouldn't really come as much of a surprise that all of the recent Ning networks are going to get a similar reaction as David's. I just read David Warlicks' post - I Just Don't Get it Yet â€" Social Networks where he discusses his recent experience with several Ning generated social networks including: I've joined Library 2.0 , School 2.0 , and Classroom 2.0.

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

In it he points to the learning space and says that the current status of open-source learning applications is: Innovators - Elgg Learning Landscape and several others Early Adopters - Moodle and a few others Early Majority - nobody Late Majority - forget about it I would tend to agree with him that there are relatively few open-source learning applications, but would add a few thoughts. Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications?

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 ]. NOTE: Elgg will soon be offering a hosted and open source alternative to Ning. As our Work Literacy Ning site (2008) is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy , I will post some of the key articles here so we don’t lose them.

The Learning Layer – Review

Harold Jarche

Even without a full product comparison, I would say that several other platforms, including open source Elgg or Drupal can do much of this.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

May 19, 2009 25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009 , May 19, 2009 The End in Mind " A Post-LMS Manifesto , May 8, 2009 Micro-blogging at Work , May 30, 2009 Using Elgg as as Social Learning platform , May 2, 2009 Learning with 'e's: e-Learning 3.0 , May 4, 2009 Does technology change the nature of knowledge? eLearning Learning Hot List May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 Here is the best stuff from May 2009 via the eLearning Learning site. Hope you enjoy.