Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger

Tony Karrer

I've not seen a lot about Mzinga in the eLearning world, but it represents something pretty interesting. Mzinga is a merger of KnowledgePlanet (an LMS provider and also the maker of the eLearning simulation tool - Firefly) and Shared Insights - a community / business social networking software company. The top execs at Mzinga are not the top execs from KnowledgePlanet. I wonder if mzinga does?

LMS and Social Learning

Tony Karrer

We’ve recently seen LMSs shift to include more functionality, such as wikis, blogs, social networking, etc. If I want a great wiki platform, I’m going to download MediaWiki or DokuWiki (also free and they have huge support communities). Mzinga seems to have jumped out early with a strong social platform that also has an LMS capability. Dave Wilkins from Mzinga talks about the two models of social learning as depicted by the diagram on the right.

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Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?

Xyleme

Coaches, mentors, online buddies need to coexist within the wiki’s, blogs, discussion forums, webcam meetings, online presence, etc. I would add that Mzinga is another elearning company on this chart, in addition to Saba. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Home > Learning Technologies , Social Learning > Is There a Better Way to Social Learning? Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?

Social Media Goals

Clark Quinn

Mzinga is clearly targeted at the learning space, being integrated with an LMS. Yet, for a learning group, Mzinga’s integration of formal and informal learning is also plausible. 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

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Formal learning & social networking

Clark Quinn

tools (their environment in particular had blogs, feeds, wikis, discussion boards, portals, and profiles), and to talk about some case studies of successes. Having the learners respond to a challenge where, in teams, they create some written output collaboratively on a wiki is a great chance for them to have to express their understandings. After hearing Mark Oehlert and Brent Schlenker do such a great job on eLearning 2.0

The future is people, not technology

Jay Cross

Rather, we recommend redeploying them in new capacities, serving as connectors, wiki gardeners, internal publicists, news anchors and performance consultants. Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. More Human Than Human. CLO magazine, June 2009. Column on Effectiveness, by Jay Cross. The future is people, not technology. My last column in CLO called for the abolition of corporate training departments.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Mzinga : White Paper Series : eLearning 2.0 & The New Learning Landscape - Using Wiki in Education - How do students learn in a world where traditional assessments of intelligence are radically changing, abundant knowledge is more readily available, and learning community is more important than ever? Innovate: Uses and Potentials of Wikis in the Classroom 53. Personal Learning Environments Wiki - JITT 64.

Looking Back at 2007

Tony Karrer

However, there's Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger announcement around Mzinga. but interestingly the discussion has been more of how to fit SCORM on top of alternative tools such as Wikis rather than the demise of SCORM. We will start to see Wikis and tools like ZohoCreator being used by normal people like us to build simple web applications - similar in complexity to spreadsheet programming. In December 2006, I posted my challenges and predictions for 2007.

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New skills for learning professionals

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Rather, we recommend redeploying them in new capacities, serving as connectors, wiki gardeners, internal publicists, news anchors and performance consultants. Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. This month’s big question asks, “In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace, what new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?&#.