Tony Karrer

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years, for example: Learned about Learning in 2009. And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. So here are a few of the things that are a bit different for me.

Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards.

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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. I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic.

Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

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.

Ning Alternatives that Require Little to No Work?

Tony Karrer

I was hoping that Ning was going to come out with a inexpensive plan that would support the different Ning sites that I have a hand in. They do have Ning Mini at $3/mo, but it only allows 150 members. That’s not going to work for: LearnTrends LA CTO Forum Work Literacy I’ve read a bit about alternatives, but each will require a bit of work. Harold Jarche is trying to figure it out for the Work Literacy site.

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.

Training Design

Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Course , we settled on using Ning and it's various capabilities as part of the delivery pattern. I've been struggling a bit to capture a concept that I believe represents a fairly fundamental shift in how we need to think about Training Design.

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. You can see the result below. But it was interesting to see the results exported which I've embedded below.

eLearning Learning – March 1 – 15 2009

Tony Karrer

Here are the top items via eLearning Learning.

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 Predictions Further Thoughts

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Communities It was interesting that ASTD DC / Todd Slater has created a Ning community. I recently posted my Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 and did a presentation on the topic. You can access a WebEx recording of the presentation here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=58772167&rKey=9ac6286700094e6f

Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services

Tony Karrer

I received a question this week related to Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank : I successfully launched a discussion forum for a small group of lending assistants within my bank. That forum is still up and running. Since that time, I have attempted to introduce the discussion forum tool to two other work groups within the bank but I have not been very successful.

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. Hot List - 2/1/2009 - 2/14/2009 Posts Mathemagenic " PhD conclusions in a thousand words: blogging practices of knowledge workers A Guide to Social Learning What Goes in the LMS?

SharePoint in Corporate Learning - Free Micro Virtual Conference

Tony Karrer

If you are interested in attending, go to the Learn Trends Ning Site and sign-up. At the end of our Learn Trends conference last year, one of the comments was that we needed to do smaller versions in an on-going basis. Well we are going to start exactly that. And this also helps me work on making my eLearning Prediction #11 - Micro Virtual Conferences come true.)

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. Large, active Ning community hosted by Elliot Masie with monthly questions that spark discussions. Chief Learning Officer Network - Fairly active Ning community that has broad range of topics.

Slow Evolution of Learning Solutions

Tony Karrer

A ning site, podcasts, video learning resources, RSS feeds from the large technology providers such as Cisco, Sun and Microsoft, and a number of other facilities including a range short formal modules deep-linked from the corporate LMS that could be pulled on-demand. 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.

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.

Getting Help

Tony Karrer

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.

Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals - Free Online Event

Clark Quinn

To sign-up, go to the Ning group I've announced this already - Free - Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals and the response is great already - it looks like we are going to have quite a mix of people involved.

SharePoint Update

Tony Karrer

If you are interested in attending, go to the Learn Trends Ning Site and sign-up. 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. This is a great opportunity to hear lots of examples of what they are doing with SharePoint around Corporate Learning in a wide variety of organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Design Revisited What's also interesting about this is that Michele, Harold Jarche and I went through the whole design of the Work Literacy Ning learning event and had several discussions about how the nature of the social learning environment might feel uncomfortable to many of the participants. My post on learning goals has some great feedback via comments and a couple of blog posts.

Profile Photos

Tony Karrer

In that post, I suggested that you should always add a profile photo: Don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. I received a response that I didn't expect on my post Profile Photo. Add it to your Elluminate and WebEx profiles. Because profile photos help me: Believe that you are a real person and begin to connect with you. Remember you. Believe you are serious. I also suggested that for business networking: Don't use anything other that photorealistic photos.

Online Conferences and In-Person Conferences

Tony Karrer

Ning really makes it easy to do one of these. 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. Lisa Neal asked a great question in a comment on Learn Trends 2008 - Free Online Conference : What do you see as the main differences between in person and online conferences? I have a bunch of random thoughts on this and I'm hoping that folks will chime in.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Bryan Chapman Tips for facilitators in Ning The ‘Least Assistance’ Principle No more excuses for poor e-learning content eLearning Defined eLearning Technology. Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Learning 2.0 - The Things How we read online. -

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Help Create Resources for Keynote?

Tony Karrer

For example, look at the following: Introduction to Social Networking Introduction to LinkedIn Introduction to Facebook Introduction to Ning Using Social Networks for Personal Professional Development Using Social Networks with Learners Social Networking and Privacy Managing Your Networks and "Time Suck" LinkedIn Tips and Tricks Social Networking Wiki Because these are tied into forums, it makes them a bit harder for most people to go through.

Blogs, Social Networks and LinkedIn Answers

Tony Karrer

Social Network based discussions (for example a Ning network) act like communities. I received a great question from someone relative to my last post - Required Reading for Training Managers where I continue to suggest the benefits of blogging (see Blogging - I'm Pushing Harder Now and Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog for recaps of much of this).

Networks and Communities

Tony Karrer

I also signed up to a couple Ning communities where I'm lurking. Introduction to Social Networking Introduction to Social Networking Six Steps to a Remarkably Powerful Network Weave Smarter Networks with LinkedIn How to Grow a Facebook Network Join a Ning community Before You Seek Conversation There's an acronym that everyone should know - RTFM.

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Links Wikis - Wikipedia - [link] Class - [link] Conference - www.complexive.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page WikiPatterns – [link] Social Bookmarking Wlning - [link] Work Literacy - [link] Social Networking LinkedIn - www.LinkedIn.com Ning - [link] RSS Readers Google Reader - [link] Bloglines - [link] Blogging - [link] top-ten.html Choosing an eLearning Authoring Tool - [link] Training Method Trends - [link] eLearning 2.0

Online Learning Course Design

Tony Karrer

Social Network as Course Platform Like social networks generally, Ning, unfortunately feels a bit scattered. The Work Literacy online learning course is over and Michele Martin - Deconstructing the Work Literacy Learning Event and Harold Jarche - Post Work Literacy have posted their thoughts around the event. We also have some great Feedback from Participants. I think they've both captured a lot of what worked and could have been changed.

Tools Used

Clark Quinn

delicious, Picassa, Ning, Google Docs/Google Apps, Second Life, Blogger, iGoogle, orkut, FriendFeed, Internal workplace community, PBWiki, Xing, Digg, Friendster (really?), But we clearly missed an opportunity to ask about community tools like Ning.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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).

Social Networking

Tony Karrer

I actually think that Facebook and Ning are heading in the right direction by becoming platforms for social networking solutions. I've run across a couple of interesting posts recently that seem to have spawned from a Business Week article - Scaling the Social Web.

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. The resources that were provided on this are great: The Facebook Classroom: 25 Education Apps Facebook as a Learning Platform Ning in Education Some learning professionals weigh in on how they're using social network. I don't know about ning or even facebook.

Social Bookmarks

Clark Quinn

Take a look at the pages that are being tagged as part of the course - Work Literacy Ning Links. The second week of our Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Course is starting and the topic is Social Bookmarks.

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!

Is this intentional, Ning? Is it ethical?

Jay Cross

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. To regain access, please visit www.ning.com, sign-in and then click “Select a Plan&# for your Ning Network.

Free Ning Applications

Jay Cross

Today, Ning made a bunch of free apps available for download. I have added five of them (Ning’s limit) to the Internet Time Community to assess how they work. Since the top menu of a Ning community is limited to 14 items, I collapsed some links into sub-categories.

Ning cancels “free”

George Siemens

Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). Many educators use Ning for creating social networks. But, for Ning, ad revenue has not been able to meet their financial needs. Hosted services are great – as long as you can pull your data out (a significant value to Google’s data liberation project).