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Choosing the right social and collaboration platform

  1. Choosing the right  Social & Collaboration Platform for Learning Jane Hart CEO, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.C4LPT.co.uk
  2. Why are you here? “I have created a  “I use a different  Ning network but  platform and am  am now looking  checking to see if it’s the  ‘right’ one” for a different  platform” “I haven’t created  a Ning network  but am actively  “I am just curious!”  looking for a  platform”  {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 2
  3. Agenda • 10 criteria for selecting the “right”  platform • Tour of 3 social and collaboration  platforms • Side‐by‐side comparison • Links to more resources {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 3
  4. Disclaimer The following are my personal comments,  views,  suggestions and thoughts  on a number of social  and collaboration platforms and should not be  taken as endorsement for the products  mentioned here; these are only examples of  platforms available.   I would of course be happy to be make specific  recommendations based on a fuller analysis of  requirements.  {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 4
  5. 1 – Purpose ‐ How is it to support learning? Formal Informal Formal Structured Personal  Group Directed Intra‐Organisational Accidental  &  Learning Directed Learning Learning Serendipitous Learning Learning formal learning  group  space sharing /updating PLN community CoP across org enterprise‐wide social and collaboration platform  external learning network {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 5
  6. 2 – User functionality Social  Communication Sharing Sub‐groups Collaboration  networking tools links,  open tools Membership messaging resources  or closed blogs,  wikis , Profiling discussion (docs, ppts, group spaces micro‐ Connections chat videos blogging Social Collaboration {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 6
  7. 2 – User functionality Social  Communication Sharing Sub‐groups Collaboration  networking tools links,  open tools Membership messaging, resources  or closed blogs,  wikis , Profiling discussion, (docs, ppts, group spaces micro‐ Connections chat videos blogging Social Collaboration {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 7
  8. 3 – Closed or Open Source 4 ‐ Hosted or Installed Closed Source Open Source Hosted Installed {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 8
  9. 5 – Data ownership and export 6 – Terms of use Terms of  use  determined  by Ning. Can only  export  member  data as CSV {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 9
  10. 7 – Ease of set up,  8 – Ease of customisation;  9 – Ease of use 1                         2                       3                              4                                5 Very  easy         Easy OK                    Difficult         Very difficult Ease of set up  Ease of  customisation Ease of use {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 10
  11. 10 ‐ Cost Free Variety of paid‐for plans Commercial {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 11
  12. Other pros and cons Attractive themes available 1 profile page per network Max no of Ning networks and Ning apps {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 12
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  14. Grou.ps functionality {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 14
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  25. Side‐by‐side comparison {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 25
  26. What do you think of the  3 platforms in the Tour? What have you particularly  liked or not liked? {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 26
  27. 2 – User functionality Social  Communication Sharing Sub‐groups Collaboration  networking tools links,  open tools Membership messaging resources  or closed blogs,  wikis , Profiling discussion (docs, ppts, group spaces micro‐ Connections chat videos blogging Social Collaboration {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 27
  28. 3 – Closed or Open Source 4 ‐ Hosted or Installed Closed Source Open Source Hosted Installed in beta {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 28
  29. 5 – Data ownership and export 6 – Terms of use Ownership                   Terms                   Export You                        Grou.ps Member data CSV You?                          You?                  Export as CSV  on appliance version only  You                          You Data held in My SQL  database {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 29
  30. 7 – Ease of set up 8 ‐Ease of customisation; 9 ‐Ease of  use 1                         2                       3                              4                                5 Very easy         Easy OK                    Difficult         Very difficult Ease of set up  Ease of  customisation Skinnable look and feel Customizable dashboard Ease of use {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 30
  31. 10 ‐ Cost Free Variety of paid‐for plans Commercial in beta {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 31
  32. Other pros and cons Facebook integration; Appliance version has  Completely  Can import data from  integration with Sharepoint,  customisable Yahoo Groups, phpBB etc; and configurable; and Ning Aligns working with learning Strong access  Good micro‐blogging  permissioning platform Can’t export member  Requires PHP  Can only export  data  from hosted version expertise to set up  member  data as CSV and customise {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 32
  33. Links & Resources bit.ly/jhwebinar {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 33
  34. Jane Hart Email: jane.hart@c4lpt.co.uk www.C4LPT.co.uk Twitter: @c4lpt Facebook: facebook.com/c4lpt {c) www.C4LPT.co.uk Slide : 34

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