How Do I Make Sense of Social Networking Tools

Luis Suarez

and while I will be answering the first part over the course of time with the various blog entries I’m currently drafting along, I thought for today I’d focus on trying to answer the second part: how do I make sense of social networking tools today?

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Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Adapted from a talk given March 9, 2017, at the State University of New York in Syracuse, this essay describes several key innovations shaping the future of open learning: distributed social networks, cloud infrastructures and virtualization, immersive reality, and personal learning environments.

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Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement

Luis Suarez

And so far email is winning , at least, according to some folks , although I reserve the right to disagree with those statements, specially, when we start separating email as a content repository from email as an alert / notification system ( BACN anyone?).

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Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

into an incredibly powerful social messaging and notification system of content that’s stored elsewhere, i.e. social networking, collaborative and knowledge sharing tools eventually. Regardless of the huge, and rather disruptive, impact from corporate social networking.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of (Social) Collaboration. It Is Not a Given

Luis Suarez

After the last few days where I have been blogging a number of different times about some musings on redesigning and refining further along the workplace of the future, it’s time to get down to business again and continue to share further insights around social networking / computing for business or the good old Social Business itself. In fact, I would come to question the validity of using social networking tools to collaborate effectively.

Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

Classes, courses and curricula – structured learning events – don’t provide all the tools in the toolkit. The CEB study was particularly focused on ‘ network performance’ – the outcomes achieved with and through others. Most people get it.

GitHub launches service for open government

Ross Dawson

As it happens, in my recent keynote on A Future of Crowds: Implications for Government and Society , I discussed the issue of GitHub as a tool for crowdsourced government. GitHub, primarily used as a tool for collaborative, distributed software development, has many other potential uses.

Defibrillating Knowledge Management

Martijn Linssen

When these interactions are instead in a discussion forum, a wiki, or as a result of blogged comments, or using an instant messenger tool, or email, etc., One construct looks back and considers the phases as 1) document-centric, 2) person-centric, and 3) network-centric.

knowledge is personal

Harold Jarche

Thinking about knowledge as nothing more than content for a repository is a mistake. This can be supported through easy capture tools (e.g. I was able to build a trusted network that has referred my work to others. Knowledge management, for me, is personal.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Content Syndication Networks The concept of content syndication originates with the newspaper industry. Technology supporting open archives, called OAI, to create lists of academic journal articles in repositories for retrieval and distribution. What we now know as the social web, and the social network, evolved from these origins. In addition, an alternative content syndication framework, called Distributed Learning Object Repository Network (DLORN) was developed.

my pkm story

Harold Jarche

Early Tools. After just two years, I saw my blog as a valuable productivity tool, and comments and links from others added even more value. For me, there was little doubt that something like PKM was necessary to keep up in the network era.

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Inspiration for Working Out Loud

Harold Jarche

I owe everything to my blog and the ability to participate out loud in a worldwide network. In fact, I’d go further: blogging has become my notebook and general repository of digital bits and bobs. It’s International Working Out Loud Week , also known as #WOLWeek.

Organizational Amnesia, Accountability Buddies, and Other Things I learned at the Grant Managers Network Conference

Beth Kanter

In mid-March, I had a whirl wind day at the Grant Managers Network Annual Conference where I did the following: Panel Session : Outcomes, Impact, and Communication with Roberto Cremonini and Danette Peters.

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

NRC''s track record in this sector includes the leadership role it played in the eduSource network of learning object repositories, the Sifter/Filter content recommender later commercialized as Racofi, sentiment analysis in learning, the Synergic3 collaborative workflow system, and more. Additionally, the same platform was used to deliver a course called Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (PLENK) in 2010, as well as the 30-week course on Change.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

WebCT in English stands for "Web Course Tools." It was intended to be a set of tools that a classroom instructor would use, but it was adapted to distance learning. Over time, the concept of learning objects and learning object repositories lead to the idea of learning object repository networks. A repository is just a place where we keep a whole bunch of them. The idea is we create our learning object and we store it in the repository.

Through the Workscape Looking Glass

Jay Cross

The input may be establishing social learning networks; the output is improvement in the business overall. Personal Learning Network. Enterprise social network. Knowledge repository. Your Workscape is everything in your organization except the training department.

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Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.

David Weinberger

As Alex Stamos makes clear , there were no technical, legal, or contractual barriers preventing Aaron from downloading as many articles in the JSTOR repository as he wanted, other than the possibility that Aaron was trespassing, and even that is questionable. The MIT closet he “broke into” to gain better access to the network apparently was unlocked.) Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything.

Social systems

Harold Jarche

The organization began using social tools as an internal document repository for operations; yet over time, it grew to become a dynamic communications tool across their internal and external partners. Networked Individualism: what in the heck is that?

Working smarter, daily

Harold Jarche

It’s also a repository of thoughts and notes I use in my daily work. For example, here are my feeds for Innovation, Collaboration & Network: This is one more, rather powerful, tool for my personal knowledge management processes that makes my life a bit easier.

Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger

Tony Karrer

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. It makes me wonder what this says about the LMS and tools market. This merger points to another direction - combination of LMS capability + community / social networking.

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth Kanter

Media Impact Funders New Site, Data Tool, and Reports. From suitcase-sized communications networks after disasters to SMS-based drug and outbreak reporting, innovative technologies can overcome once-insurmountable barriers. TrustRadius Report on Social Media Landscape of Tools.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit. We are seeing the beginning of lots of Mobile Learning tool offerings.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

Social networks, both in-person and online, are democratizing the workplace, and workers have an increasing amount of say in what they learn and how they learn it. 50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5. People learn their jobs by doing their jobs.

The Power of Reflection in an Ever-Changing World

Charles Jennings

Yet one of the most useful tools for effective learning and development is reflection. Initially started as a weekly email for new hires, the program is now firm-wide and provides a key repository of reflective stories and experiences.

My Watershed Moments

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Or for example my visit to South Africa where I encountered the cattle boys of Lesotho , or how I learned about groups and networks in New Zealand. I began to see how networks, whether of individuals of cells, could take shape, form patterns, act with purpose.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is the founder and director of LINC - Learning International Network Consortium , a collaboration involving educators from around the world who share best practices on how to best organize higher education distance learning projects in developing countries. They have become indispensable tools at work and at home. MIT professor Richard Larson recently wrote an excellent opinion column - STEM is for Everyone.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the short term, LPSS will respond to the immediate needs of industry with existing tools and technologies on a research contract or fee-for-service basis.

Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

John Hagel

What if we could apply the tools and principles of experience design to help each of us to more effectively drive more rapid waves of learning and performance improvement by working together?  Most of these participants are organized into high performing teams (known as guilds), yet the participants stay richly connected with others outside their teams through rich networks of discussion forums, video repositories and social relationships that transcend individual teams.

LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring

Tony Karrer

One thing is pretty clear, LCMS tools have really headed towards a kind of super Authoring tool and there's a related but quite distinct need for support for a Warehouse. In a true enterprise deployment of LCMS all learning content and original source files regardless of what tools may have been used to develop it are stored and meta tagged in the LCMS central repository facilitating quick and easy search and retrieval.

[liveblog] Christine Borgmann

David Weinberger

Her new book is Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World , but you’ll have to wait until January. Center for Embedded Networking Sensing : followed all the way through, the interactions among scientists and others. E.g., one from 5 yrs ago clusters services, repositories, archives and publishers. Curation of tools and technologies.

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Changing Role of the LMS


If you have a definite need to run formal training (whether online or face-to-face) an LMS is a useful tool for administering that training (although not necessarily for delivering it). I mean industrial strength multiple choice exams, with randomisation from a pool of questions and deep analysis tools (including ones which help you assess the effectiveness of each question). Systems like social networking tools – which enable better communication across organisational silos.

En Route to the Cashless Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Shoppers will use their mobile device as a coupon book, a comparison-shopping tool, and a repository of those unwieldy loyalty cards they carry from everyone from giant retail chains to the corner bakery. For mobile banking, the idea is to make it possible for almost anyone to open and use a no-frills savings account and, through a network of associated merchants, make transactions.

MOOCs and the OPAL Quality Clearinghouse

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Please upload additional material, or give a link to a helpful resource, tool, description, website, etc. Participants in MOOCs are encouraged to use their own platform (blog, photo account, social network site) to create and/or share resources. Accordingly, what we observe in a MOOC is that participants will cluster around different types of materials or media - for example, they may cluster around a discussion board, social network site, or virtual world.

Crowdsourcing the Future of eLearning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

make learners into prosumers by giving them the tools they need to create. So there needs to be a whole set of support tools to help self-directed and self-paced learning. - People will learn when they play - there will be a central repository of learning - a revised user interface - shift from a pull-from-server to a push-to-subscriber. Learning should move to the personal area network. Based on points submitted beforehand, and the discussion at the final plenary.

Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources

Tony Karrer

Kapp Notes , January 20, 2009 Wiki activities 5 stage model , April 7, 2008 Control and Community: A Case Study of Enterprise Wiki Usage , May 4, 2009 Really Cool "3-Minute e-Learning" on Social Networking - Wiki, Social Networking, Social Bookmarking, RSS , October 10, 2007 Wiki working , June 19, 2009 Wiki: Intro to Emerging Tech , July 18, 2009 Could A Wiki Be Your Next Talent Management System?

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Social Learning Examples

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

We talked about building a repository of web 2.0 Jane mined the submissions of her delightful tools database and came up with 100+ ways to use social media for learning. Each entry is tied to a tool and a description of how it’s used. Tags: social tools

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Top Ten AntiSpyware Apps from CNET | Main | Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others » March 26, 2008 "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine) ( LINK ) "This article investigates the use of social software applications indigital library environments.

Working Smarter eFieldbook $12

Jay Cross

An online workscape is a network tuned for learning and collaboration. Information repository, archives, search engine. They use the same networks and social media as the business itself. Network Effects 46. Social Learning Tools 120.

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Notes from ALT-C

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

one FACEBOOK) - scruffy works: let the links fail to make it scale - democracy rules: open, free and universal (it''s an experiment that can never be rerun (but there''s ways we could kill it) - but we lost (for a time) conceptial and contextual - the semantic web - missing links - search engines fill the gap - "You couldn''t build Google until there was enough of the web to make it." - the web is a network of netword that grows because we put stuff on it - web 2.0,

Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Marshall''s theory of hot spots: these areas exist for three reasons: - pooled resources - workers and firms are drawn to these places - specialized products and services - for example, hairdressers and agents in Hollywood - ''ideas in the air'' - information and skills flow easily between people Brown and Duguid on Silicon Valley - ''The Social Life of Information'' - there are these ''networks of practice'' across firms, eg. What is the ''tea time'' for mass collaboration networks?