CEO of Ning Keynoting at Defense Information Systems Agency

Mark Oehlert

So I love that now as people ask me about accessing things like social networking sites like ning from within DOD, I can say things like "well we may not be 100% of the way there but DISA had so-and-so for a keynote speaker, that must indicate something.".and Tags: DISA ning I LOVE this. Turns out DISA (at the most simplistic, understated level - this ISP for. .

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This work, in turn, is suggesting and supporting the model of learning described in the first section, that of a course network supporting and informing an ever-shifting set of course episodes. This is the basis for the models and strategies that characterize what has come to be called informal learning. Cuciz, 2004) This model informs the design of learning experiences as well. Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance.

Trending Sources

Lessons from an early MOOC

Harold Jarche

note that the platform we used, Ning, began charging for service in 2010, so the resource is no longer available]. As Ning was shutting down its free service, I tried to capture some of the resources we had created, like the Introduction to Social Networking.

Informal Learning Blog » Small is beautiful

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Join us: Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

George Siemens

Information on joining the live stream: [link]. Join the LASI Ning. While MOOCs are sucking all of the oxygen out of the educational technology conversation, significant trends are developing under the radar. One of the most significant trends is around learning analytics. Next week, we ( SoLAR , IEDMS and others) are organizing a Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI). A call for attendance was held earlier this year and the event was/is (massively) oversubscribed.

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. With Ning, Facebook and many others, there is no such export function.

The leaking pyramid

Harold Jarche

Today, these outlets are bigger and more obvious: Informal learning is increasingly available from formal venues, such as Stanford’s series on Darwin’s Legacy that I’m following on YouTube. Tags: Wirearchy Informal Learning

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

Over three years ago I wrote that the future of learning is DIY : With Google you can find most information that you need. This is the power of informal learning, if organisations decide to enable it. 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. Tags: Informal Learning Technology

April 2010 Great ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best from Informal Learning Flow. Ning’s Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff - TechCrunch , April 15, 2010. is a philosophy, not a technology - Informal Learning , April 10, 2010. Tags: Informal Learning April 1, 2010 to April 30, 2010. From Social Media to Social Strategy - HarvardBusiness.org , April 1, 2010. The iPad isn’t a computer, it’s a distribution channel - OReilly Radar , April 13, 2010.

Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

They focus more on information push and it's less intended to have user-contributed content. Using SharePoint for Event Planning & Organizing Just like we used a Wiki one year and Ning another to support the online conference LearnTrends , SharePoint can be used to manage all types of events, especially internal events. I've been having fabulous conversations about using SharePoint.

Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers

Clark Quinn

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. I need information faster than that. Yesterday I created a screen cast on LinkedIn for Finding Expertise. Today, I saw a post on our Free - Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals where someone said: I am currently trying to find a SME experienced with Moodle (a CMS/LMS) and WizIQ (synchronous web class technology).

Web 3.0: It Should Be About Transferrable Identity

Dan Pontefract

I have to, sadly, provide my details into various Ning sites, iTunes/Ping, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, MSN, YouTube, Air Canada, British Airways, and just about every other Web 2.0 A well-established research firm recently asked for my thoughts on Web 3.0.

Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

This relates to a common psychological phenomenon called “ confirmation bias ” which refers to the tendency to be overly critical of information that challenges what one believes to be true (or the tendency to uncritically accept information that supports one’s belief). — @courosa “ Ning Exposed – Tech Company Scams its Clients&# [2008]. Is Ning a scam?

Thoughts following April Learntrends

Jay Cross

I thought my personal contacts, the Learntrends membership, notices on Facebook/LinkedIn/Nings, and the Tweetstream would attract flocks of people. While this wasn’t an un-conference, it was one of the more informal events on learning I’ve taken part in. Tags: Business learning Informal Learning Yesterday, Learntrends hosted a series of online conversations on boosting the performance of organizations through learning.

eLearning Learning – March 1 – 15 2009

Tony Karrer

Adult Learning in the Workplace – Research Findings Top Keywords PKM eLearning Tools Informal Learning Swish Adobe Captivate Twitter LinkedIn Tools Harbinger Adobe Google Articulate Microsoft eLearning Technology. Here are the top items via eLearning Learning.

Media and Messages

Harold Jarche

“Twitter is for surfing an ocean of information, not trying to understand fluid dynamics,&# my own observation. 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. Tags: Communities Informal Learning learntrends To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, every message has its medium and every medium has its message.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

Asynchronous Discussion I personally have found that Ning works great as a tool for all sorts of different needs. Creating a new Ning network is very easy and it gives you a lot of what you would want / need as a work team.

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. Bloggers continually search for interesting information they can post.

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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. E-)learning network - Fairly active LinkedIn group/network for professionals working in the (E-)learning industry and informal learning industry. Large, active Ning community hosted by Elliot Masie with monthly questions that spark discussions.

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. Rethinking conferences - Informal Learning , February 17, 2009 When I signed up for Spaces for Interaction: An Online Conversation about Improving the Traditional Conference , I didn’t appreciate how timely the topic would become. There will be more information coming around the use of Twitter at the conference.

Social Networks

Clark Quinn

Virginia Yonkers told us - I would like to know how to manage the information flows in social networks. 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. I don't know about ning or even facebook. The first week of our Free - Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals is wrapping up.

Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience

Nancy White

In SharePoint 2007: Gateway Drug to Enterprise Social Tools :: Personal InfoCloud , Tom quotes one of his informants: “We went from 5 silos in our organization to hundreds in a month after deploying SharePoint”.

Learnscaping on tap

Clark Quinn

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. Ever since Jay’s book, Informal Learning , people have wanted specific ways to go about supporting this component of the organizational environment. Ning’s an example, but we needed more flexibility and control. You can read up more about it, and sign up for more information here.

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. If I can't find them or they have really limited information, that suggests they aren't as serious about online connections. I'm actively engaged in all kinds of sites that can be roughly described as social networking.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

Method Count Percent Alongside Formal Learning 26 63% Process Information / Training 22 54% Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / Support Information 18 44% Commonly used resources, URL's to applications, documentation, Contact Information, etc. 15 37% On-Boarding process / Corporate Information 11 27% Online Reference / Glossary 10 24% Product Information / Training 9 22% Other 8 20% Supporting Meetings, Conference Rooms, Phone Numbers, Facilitation Assignment, agenda, etc.

Training Design

Tony Karrer

In many cases, this makes our final delivery pattern much more complex, but it greatly reduces the time required upfront by learners and allows us to get them information much more just-in-time and with more appropriate costs. When you support informal / self-directed / workgroup learning?

Conversation Learning

Clark Quinn

In Value from Social Media , I talked about the issue of finding information via Google / Search vs. seeking conversation: Let’s consider a simple scenario - I’m trying to decide if a particular solution makes sense for my company / organization. I do some searching on Google and find some overviews of the solution and some other good information. And I just learned about ning for the first time yesterday!

eLearning Predictions Further Thoughts

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Communities It was interesting that ASTD DC / Todd Slater has created a Ning community. Home vs. Work I asked the audience if it was easier to get information at home or at work or about the same. This goes along with the prediction that employees will increasingly hack work so that they can get access to information and people they need to reach. I recently posted my Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 and did a presentation on the topic.

The wonders of community

Jay Cross

Luiz was a fan of my book on Informal Learning and has incorporated it into his practice. 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.

SharePoint Update

Tony Karrer

If you are interested in attending, go to the Learn Trends Ning Site and sign-up. Andrew Smith Learning Technology Specialist Tele-Atlas How Tele-Atlas uses SharePoint as a platform for informal learning. Brian Dusablon Performance Consultant Administaff The role of SharePoint in our onboarding process including: early access, easy to find key information, well of resources and anniversary profiles.

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.

Stream of consciousness

Jay Cross

With my immune system compromised and my defenses down, last night I tottered on the edge of the bottomless pit of raw, seething information that is the web. Last night I went online to write a few pages of the Informal Learning 2.0 Like the pioneering Whole Earth Catalog, the Informal Learning 2.0 The Informal Learning 2.0 I’m conceptualizing the UI for the Informal Learning 2.0

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What we have begun to notice with online learning, however, is a decreasing emphasis on this formal style of learning, and an increasing emphasis on what has come to be called informal learning. Chivers, 2006) In the case of informal learning, students are not constrained by the limits of the classroom model. 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.

Real Community?

Clark Quinn

Blogs tend to be more formal (tends, mind you), while Twitter and Facebook cross the boundary into informal. 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).

Tracking Hurricane Gustav on Social Media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Shafqat on 01 Sep 2008 at 9:19 am Great post Nancy – its important people find the information they’re looking for! If you are looking for information about me or my company, click on the "About Full Circle" tab at the top of the site.

Tracking Hurricane Gustav on Social Media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Shafqat on 01 Sep 2008 at 9:19 am Great post Nancy – its important people find the information they’re looking for! If you are looking for information about me or my company, click on the "About Full Circle" tab at the top of the site.

Learning Outcomes

Tony Karrer

The focus of the post is really about the design of informal / social learning experiences and my belief that they need to have context for what I call Directed Learners. Still in my learning goals post I said: "Unlike formal learning, informal learning is generally not going to ensure that specific knowledge will be transferred. I actually think that informal learning experiences can be greatly improved by ensuring that you are dealing with learning outcomes or business outcomes.

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.

What Not To Build

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But the question to ask yourself is, what is a game doing for you that a straight-forward presentation of the information is not? These became platforms (see above) and then we had social network multiplier sites, like Ning. There will be no end to the number of people who say teachers are indispensable, but if the social function of teachers can be replaced by community, and the informational function by software, then a stand-alone online instruction system is possible.

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Improve your Work Literacy I would highly encourage going through the recent series of posts all about Tools and Methods for Work and Learning : Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Link Pages Network Learning Collaboration Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Skills Workshop Keynote Links I mentioned in Twitter Conference Ideas that I was sending messages and links during the keynote.