Is this intentional, Ning? Is it ethical?

Jay Cross

That’s the fee for withholding advertising on the group lukeshosp.ning.com. I expected Ning to close it when they went to pay-to-play. After all, their site says: Deadline for Selecting a Ning Plan Has Passed. We are no longer offering or supporting free Ning Networks. If you haven’t selected a plan for your free Ning Network, you can no longer access the network. You can also Archive your members and content or take your Ning Network offline.

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.

Trending Sources

Lessons from an early MOOC

Harold Jarche

there is peer group feedback. To ensure that blogs and comments were read, the course assigned small groups of “blog buddies” to read and comment on each others’ blogs. note that the platform we used, Ning, began charging for service in 2010, so the resource is no longer available].

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Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. So, I'm trying to figure out what's going to be the right software / service to adopt, but I'm also trying to think about the differences in: Forum / Threaded Discussion / Group Examples are Google Groups and Yahoo Groups. Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. They form a network of people via interactions, groups, etc.

Learning Trends Starts Monday

Tony Karrer

There is a ning group for it: LearnTrends Ning Community. And Ning's time converter does not work. There will be some interesting discussions going on in the Ning group based on the presentations. Just a quick reminder that LearnTrends - Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations - starts on Monday. You can find the Schedule of Sessions. Be careful that all times are Pacific Time.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

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. Online social networks facilitate connections between people based on shared interests, values, membership in particular groups (i.e., You can also create and join groups. Members can play games, join groups, share photos, and send each other virtual “gifts.”

Disservice from Grou.ps

Jay Cross

from Ning. We are contacting you regarding to your monthly payment for your group. Unless you wish to continue this plan, in 7 days, your Internet Time Community group will be downgraded to Entry Level. I just received three emails from Grou.ps, one for each of the community sites I migrated to Grou.ps 7 Days Left to Select a Plan. Time Is Running Out For Internet Time Community. You are currently using the.

Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers

Clark Quinn

I posted a query about this to several of the groups that I've joined on LinkedIn and have received about a dozen responses so far. Just yesterday (after having joined this ning as my first ning ever) I found a ning on the topic of Moodle, and I posted my question there. A big part of my answer is to go to the individual, don't always rely on group answers. Yesterday I created a screen cast on LinkedIn for Finding Expertise.

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

Beth Kanter

There is a wide range of services/venues upon which online communities can be built, including more generic ones such as Facebook, LinkedIn, email distribution groups, and others. Ning – Popular with nonprofits, reasonably priced, may require some customization.

Learning Communities List

Tony Karrer

As we are wrapping up the week for Learn Trends , one of the questions we faced was what to do with the Ning community that sprung up to support the conference. TrDev - Large, Moderated - Training and Development Discussion Group begun in October 2000. E-)learning network - Fairly active LinkedIn group/network for professionals working in the (E-)learning industry and informal learning industry. ASTD National - ASTD's LinkedIn group.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

You should already be doing that individually, this only requires an added step of getting agreement with the group. Asynchronous Discussion I personally have found that Ning works great as a tool for all sorts of different needs.

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. Conference Session Breakout - eLearning Technology , December 18, 2007 Uh oh, I just saw a post by Donald Clark slamming the use of small group breakouts during conference sessions. I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic.

Getting Help

Tony Karrer

Some suggestions: Discussion groups (TrDev, ???) 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. My post New Work is about changes in work skills. One of the bigger changes in work skills have to do with getting help.

Online Conference Formats

Tony Karrer

Also, if you are interested in future conferences, please go sign up on the Learn Trends Ning Group. We've just seen an interesting experience with Jay Cross having pulled together a 24 hour, worldwide discussion on the future of learning at Learn Trends. You can find some of the recordings here. There's a discussion thread with feedback, and you can read some of Jay's thoughts on doing this. It had very good attendance and the quality of people was very high.

eLearning Learning Hot List Feb 1-14

Tony Karrer

Items HP Learning Center - free online software, business, marketing and IT classes for small and medium business Pedagogy - MoodleDocs Keywords Learning Technologies Social Media Hosting Twitter iPhone Ning Adobe Sun Google TechKnowledge ASTD Notes on the list. The posts come from the primary sources for this group.

What tools should we learn?

Harold Jarche

— Tony also asked that suggested resources be provided, so here are some, copied from our Work Literacy Ning site (2008), that is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy.

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

Facebook has enabled DIY ridiculously easy group forming , but it comes with a price on privacy. 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.

Brandon Hall Network - Back from the Dead?

Tony Karrer

Maybe Brandon Hall or a Ning community will take off. Or maybe someone like ASTD will adopt Ning and give it a huge push. But it's hard to compete with open models based on stuff like blogging (which has been - by far - my best online social networking tool ever - far beyond discussion groups or anything else). I just saw a post from Tim Sosbe - The "New” Network that tells us the following about the Brandon Hall Network, www.brandonhallnetwork.com.

Too Many Social Networks?

Tony Karrer

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. 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.

Social Networks

Clark Quinn

I have been part of Ning groups before, but find it overwhelming, very quickly because there seems to be multiple inputs for information. Even as an organizer, when I get into the Ning group, I feel overwhelmed. Common elements such as Profiles, Discussions, Friends, Groups. I don't know about ning or even facebook. There are 582 members right now, but the traffic statistics indicate that we may have some lurkers in addition to the core group

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

It was designed to be a small to medium size group discussion, but because the room was large it was very challenging to do that successfully. There were about 7 examples mentioned including Intuit using a Wiki-like system for customers to ask questions/get advice around taxes, using a group blog with students prior to a formal learning event, the US Army's use of collaboration tools to share best practices in Iraq, and several others.

Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience

Nancy White

SharePoint is many things, but it misses the critical element of social media which is networked connection between people and ideas, easy discoverability, makes visible and allows people to act on weak ties, and support for other network-like interactions rather than closed group performance.

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Tony Karrer

Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities. I'd look at: Blogs vs. Discussion Groups or Mis-Understanding Blog Reading and Blog Communities Blogs vs. Discussion Groups More on Blogging and Community Issues There's a fair amount to consider around the differences.

Profile Photo

Tony Karrer

I'm writing this post to encourage you to: Spend a little bit of time to create a reasonable profile photo Attach it to every online profile when you create it And when I say every, I mean every – don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. I'm actively engaged in all kinds of sites that can be roughly described as social networking.

Social Grid Follow-up

Tony Karrer

gammill : @ tonykarrer I use facebook for 'normal people' market research and LinkedIn for BD and hiring #tysg annemscott : @ tonykarrer I also use Facebook (comments on status) and Facebook Groups for help. tysg EmmaWho : @ tonykarrer facebook groups cammybean : @ tonykarrer Blogging.

Learnscaping on tap

Clark Quinn

Ning’s an example, but we needed more flexibility and control. I’m excited, as it’s a great group to work with, positive attitude, heaps of experience, and understanding at both the vision, the strategic and the tactical level. Over several months now, Harold Jarche, Jane Hart, Jay Cross, and I have been working on getting our arms around assisting people with the informal side of organizational learning.

Online Conferences and In-Person Conferences

Tony Karrer

Ning really makes it easy to do one of these. Or you could do it as a Facebook group. If several people were interested in a topic, they can easily pull together a few speakers, create a ning group and set up a quick conference. ASTD Los Angeles' special interest groups (SIGs) are trying to figure out what it means when they start doing online sessions that are potentially available worldwide.

Social Bookmarks

Clark Quinn

Take a look at the pages that are being tagged as part of the course - Work Literacy Ning Links. It's fun to have a group that is partly experience and partly new with social learning going on. The second week of our Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Course is starting and the topic is Social Bookmarks.

Training Design

Tony Karrer

as a means of enriching the Training Design much the same as a discussion group alongside formal instruction. for Learning Professionals Course , we settled on using Ning and it's various capabilities as part of the delivery pattern.

Collaboration Tools

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned in Real-Time Collaborative Editing , I had a fantastic experience participating in group editing of a Mind Map of collaborative tools during a session at Learn Trends.

Conversation Learning

Clark Quinn

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. And I just learned about ning for the first time yesterday!

The wonders of community

Jay Cross

Fernanda had to leave for her Humberto Matarana conversation group, but Luiz, John, and I headed to File 2008: Millions of Pixels, a mind-blowing series of interactive video events. The community structure was a snap to set up (start your own at Ning ) and takes nothing to maintain.

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Breeding, 2005) They will be able to be in constant audio and video contact with family and friends, meaning that families and groups will never really be separated unless one of them chooses to be. Groups of people, meanwhile, congregated on content management systems such as Drupal or Plone. Societies – or groups, or communities – that sustain effective communication are more robust than societies that control it.

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Clark Quinn

Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities. I'd look at: Blogs vs. Discussion Groups or Mis-Understanding Blog Reading and Blog Communities Blogs vs. Discussion Groups More on Blogging and Community Issues There's a fair amount to consider around the differences.

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. work with diverse groups of people [make everything transparent to as many people as possible].

Real Community?

Clark Quinn

He claims that many of our institutions (and he means more than schools, but groups, organizations, etc) are really networks, not communities, and can’t provide the nurture we need from others: “Networks do great harm by appearing enough like real communities to create expectations that they can manage human social and psychological needs.&#. LinkedIn and Ning networks that I’ve participated in professionally are just that, professional.

SharePoint Update

Tony Karrer

If you are interested in attending, go to the Learn Trends Ning Site and sign-up. Community members contribute their own unique experience and draw from the group’s collective intelligence using all the tools that web 2.0 SharePoint in Corporate Learning One of the hardest things for me to find are good examples of how people are really using web 2.0 inside organizations.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The last few years have seen the development of social network services online such as Facebook, Friendster, LinkedIn, and MySpace to name a few) as well as a service for creating social networks, Ning. Content management systems (and before them, email lists and usenet groups) organized people and content by hierarchy, by topic and content thread. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, Inc.

Social Net-Work-Life Balance

Dan Pontefract

No entries from Outlook/Blackberry contacts, Ning, Yammer or other online networks were utilized. Irrelevant Twitter entries (orgs, companies, groups following me or associations that I follow) were also removed.

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

Nancy White

″ tools, there is a constant thread of the dynamic interplay between technology and the groups using it. They offer us affordances for group,community and network learning. How does the technology support the type of group?