Using Ning Networks In An Educational Context

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Using Ning Networks In An Educational Context

  1. 1. Using Ning networks for sharing ideas in an educational context Helena Fehr IETS2010
  2. 2. What is Ning? <ul><li>more than a word that rhymes with zing, ding, ring . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking platform for sharing interests, information, exchanging ideas online </li></ul><ul><li>Enables users to forge relationships with people with common/shared interests </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definition of Ning continued. . . <ul><li>In essence . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Ning Networks are &quot;mini&quot; Facebooks for different topics </li></ul>
  4. 4. What can you do with Ning? <ul><li>Define own profile questions for members </li></ul><ul><li>Make Ning network public or private for members only; moderate members before they join </li></ul><ul><li>Pull in one or more RSS feeds from your blog, Web site or news source </li></ul><ul><li>Enable members to upload and share photos and videos </li></ul>
  5. 5. What can you do with Ning continued <ul><li>Enable your members to see who's online and chat in real-time </li></ul><ul><li>Add a rich single or multi-threaded discussion forum with categories, photos and attachments. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What can you do with Ning continued <ul><li>Limit forum topic creation to you or open it up to all of your members </li></ul><ul><li>Provide blogs to all members </li></ul><ul><li>Organize events and keep track of who's attending – limit attendance or open it up to all of your members </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using Ning in an educational context . . . <ul><li>Useful for engaging groups of people around a topic or as a way of exchanging ideas . . . </li></ul><ul><li>For example – the organisers of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) annual conference are using NING as a pre-conference forum . . . </li></ul>
  8. 8. CNIE’s conference Ning <ul><li>“ . . . for educators to gather, exchange ideas, interact, post videos and photos, join discussions, create a profile and meet like-minded professionals” </li></ul>
  9. 12. Drawbacks . . .
  10. 13. Insider Tips for developing a catchy Ning page. . . <ul><li>A good forum layout is key to engaging your visitors and members: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tab setup (limit # on main page to 11 or less) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a home page layout that is very simple and easy to understand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Send a broadcast message at least twice a month (and no more) – this action is imperative to encourage participation in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the entire site open. This will increase visits from search engines </li></ul>
  11. 14. Resources <ul><li>http://creators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ning-networks-101-a-guide-to </li></ul><ul><li>http://cnie2010.ning.com/ </li></ul>
  12. 15. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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