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Ning! Harnessing the power of connected learners


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Ning! Harnessing the power of connected learners

  1. 1. •What is Ning? What is the learning process I used to create the site? •Why did I select this tool? •What are the pros and cons of using Ning in a corporate environment? •What is the applicability of Ning to my consultancy business now and in the future? 1
  2. 2. What is ? Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks. Ning" is Chinese for "peace" (simplified Chinese: 宁; traditional Chinese: 寧; pinyin: níng). Ning started development in October 2004 and launched its platform publicly in October 2005 with a 100 million US dollars in capital from investors. 2
  3. 3. What was my learning process? 1. Joined Learning Town, a Ning site, after getting an email invite 3
  4. 4. What was my learning process? 2. Participated in a Ning webinar and reviewed other sites iPhone photo of webinar screen slide 4
  5. 5. What was my learning process? 3. Created a Ning site to support my October 9 university workshop 5
  6. 6. The Top 10 What did I learn from the Ning webinar? 1. Start by inviting a small group of people you know (5-10) 2. Add content- no one wants to see an empty page 3. Modify your Welcome email via Language Editor 4. Add a welcome Center text box 5. Enable sharing and allow Facebook, Twitter and other “Share” sites 6. Get active on other Ning sites 7. Can set to allow only members access 8. Search Engine Optimization tips 9. Run a contest 10. Consider creating fake member profiles to add “members” 6
  7. 7. What did the 7 “Best Practice” sites reveal? •Use of a range of Word Press templates •Strong graphics •Daily rotating moderators •Photos linked to flickr •Aggregates videos from YouTube •Builds membership with request to sign up to access different pages 7
  8. 8. The topic of this learning site is leadership. Currently under construction. Estimated completion date is next weekend! Then to testing with colleagues- Shell, Nexen Inc (Calgary) and one ASTD classmate. 8
  9. 9. Why did I select this tool to grow my business? •Flexible in the ways information is delivered •Allows for subgroups to self form •Provides means for geographically isolated individuals to “get out” •Cost efficient •Businesses tend to favor leadership training and this is a novel approach. •Appeals to food industry, banking, businesses with a heavy load of under 30s employees 9
  10. 10. What are the pros and cons of using Ning in a business environment? Pros Cons Social Learning Tool exposing what others think outside of a particular business culture Potential customer may be afraid of exposing value add knowledge to competitor Meets differing learning styles Traditional learners may resist Uniqueness is attractive May turn some people off Could create Ning series to support a range of different issues. 10
  11. 11. What Ning aps did I select so far? Ap Selected Description Answers Answers allows members to easily ask questions and crowdsource answers with other members of this social network. Opinion Ask your members a question and view their responses as a tag cloud or list. Polldaddy Enables polls Twitter feed Set for any topic 11
  12. 12. What Ning aps did I select so far? Ap Selected Description Clackpoint ClackPoint (beta) provides live audio, video and text chat. Users can call in either directly from the web page, or by using a telephone and entering a PIN 12
  13. 13. Issues to be Determined Issue Comment Marketing or paid membership Maise uses his as marketing tool If membership, what cost? Repays for time to update, add materials. How to charge- per head per month, per quarter etc. Test it with Shell Oil and Nexen Inc. colleagues 13
  14. 14. Additional Information 14
  15. 15. What plan did I select for the university workshop? •Blogs •Photos •Forums •Video embed 15
  16. 16. What plan did I select for business? •Blogs •Photos •Forums •Video embed •Chats •Events •Groups •Notes and pages •Facebook & Twitter integration •RSS feeds on Homepage •10 Ning aps, most allowed Aha Moment- it’s the aps that will sell this! 16