Transcript of "The Walled Garden approach to Social Networking with Ning"
The “Walled Garden” approach to Social Networking: Utilizing Ning in distance education. <ul><li>Bethany V. Smith & Lori B. Holcomb </li></ul><ul><li>College of Education, NC State University </li></ul>
boyd & Eliison (2007) define social networking as: web based services that allow individuals to
(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system
(2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection
(3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site
The “walled garden” is a term coined by former TeleCommunications, Inc. founder, John Malone to describe a closed network that limits subscribers’ choices to a restricted range of content (Van Tassel, 2006)
* Nomenclature may be changed within each respective Ning network Ning Facebook Comment Wall The Wall Blog Post Status Update Latest Activity News Feed Photos Photos “ My Page” Profile Page Friends* Friends Blog Post Notes
Does a student-centered online tool, such as Ning, foster knowledge construction through discussion boards more than a class-focused online tool, such as a traditional CMS?