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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Tidbits: Elgg

Here is a periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Elgg." Elgg is an open source, and free-to-use social media platform that is often used for education, including the creation of personal learning environments.

Here is what I have:

Elgg: The site itself.

Elgg -- A Personal Learning Landscape: From The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language, a thorough summary article describing Elgg, its elements, how to use it, how it compares to Moodle and other backgroung.

Using Elgg as as Social Learning platform: From the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, a how-to SlideShare presentation on Elgg.

Elgg, Ning and SocialText: From eLearning Weekly, a quick-and-dirty comparison of the three platforms.

SOCIAL LEARNING STRATEGY - Comparison of Facebook, Ning and Elgg: Again from Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, a chart comparing Elgg to Ning and Facebook.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Finds: LINGOs

...passing on the love after hearing about this from Tom Kuhlmann at The Rapid eLearning Blog.

LINGOs (learning for international NGOs) is a consortium of over 45 international humanitarian relief, development, conservation and health organizations. The folks at LINGOs are looking for volunteers to help some of they member agencies build elearning courses. This is a great opportunity to practice and build elearning skills while making the world a better place.

If you’re interested, contact Eric Berg [eric at] or look over the list of courses and contact the agency. If you’d like to help but want to partner with someone else, Tom is offering to help you get connected. Leave some contact information in the comments link of his post, or contact him directly. He'll try to get you connected with others.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Finds: Ushahidi

The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Their goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.

The code is open-source, however. This means anyone can download the source code and utilize it for their own purposes. Think of the learning opportunities for collaborating over distance, particularly for research-styled activities!

What is Ushahidi? from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

Ushahidi's initial, core mission to make transparent incidents of violence and human rights violations is an urgent need. The possibility of its broader uses seem endless.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Putting some pieces together: Learning Activities and Learning Motivation

Watching this great presentation by Scott Kim on TED today got me thinking about the value of gaming and puzzle activities for learning:

And as I contemplated this, I also began thinking about the framing of these activities to best support learning, specifically the importance of separating the activity from any form of reward or formal testing system. The evidence for this is eloquently and humorously argued here by Dan Pink: