Information Overload! How Do We Rank The Value of It All?

Last night I attended E-Show n Tell Online Unconference where one of the topics chosen by participants to discuss was “How do we aggregate or classify all the great resources.” Concerns were with so many resources, tools and information it is very easy to suffer from information overload leading to not knowing where to start,…

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Ownership And Online Communities

Annelieske and I was fortunate enough to have dinner with James Farmer (Edublogs founder) and Cait when we visited Melbourne. Since our dinner I have been reflecting on what James said about online communities like Ning. He said that a Ning community may initially start off well but in the long term will always struggle…

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Expectations of Collaboration and Participation in online environments

I have been doing some more thinking and research about Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox article Participation Inequality: Encouraging More Users to Contribute (October 9, 2006) where he states” User participation often more or less follows a 90-9-1 rule: 90% of users are lurkers (i.e., read or observe, but don’t contribute) 9% of users contribute from time…

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Ninging? Blogging? How Do We Best Support Needs Of Educators When Doing Professional Development?

What can I say? Whatever plans I had for last night were distracted by Graham’s BYO networks post. Why? Because he reflected on Ning communities vs blogging and highlighted that while Ning is a good starting point for new educators he worries that people may limit their online learning by staying within these Ning communities…

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Social Networking: Why should Participation Inequality matter if we all gain?

What is the point of social networking if people won’t participate? Inequality of participation (i.e. large number of users but only a very small percentage of the users actually contribute) is a common frustration for online forums, blogs, wikis and social networking sites. I know myself I often think what is the point in contributing…

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My expanded version of tag drafting

Oops, Sean O’Driscoll had planned to blog about the article by the Economist that discusses the increase in networking and decline in visits to sex sites and suggests that I am tag drafting his del.icio.us account. Well I wasn’t, but I am now, instead I was drafting his blog. For my presentation for Learnscope e-learning…

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Adevărat Lume fame – True world fame

As mentioned in previous post Gabriella (Despre chestii din viata (cu si fara tehnologie) in Romania and I have been informally networking with one another through our blogs; which to me has been a really amazing example of how social networking can cross language barriers and great distances. While Gabriela can read English, I can…

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Why Ask Me? When A Community Can Do It Better?

Inspired by Michelle Martin’s use of Ning for our Better Blog community, I decided to take a huge leap and go right out on a limb, which may well break and set up a etools and tips community using Ning for my live online session on “Video in E-learning” for e-Tips n Tools for the…

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The world has changed….social networking

Michael Coghlan is right “the world has changed…”; it is amazing to consider how the evolution of the World Wide Web and technology has enabled us to network with others using social computing plus maintain these connections and networks with each other regardless of where we are (e.g. sitting on the beach connecting via our…

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Baiting the Digital Hook to Build A Professional Learning Community!

Last week I was invited to present on PLNs (personal learning networks) as part of Getting Connected 09 for The Australian Flexible Learning Frameworks. As the conference targeted the VET sector I decided to take a different PLN approach and share how social networking tools can create communities of professionals, and students, that help each…

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