Category Archives: communities of practice

Ning’s new features: anti-spam and email verification

Ning has added two good features for helping your network avoid spammers. Better moderator tools are essential if Ning is to compete in the market for paid-for community platforms. I’m glad to see that they’re beginning to offer good value with their well-priced new services. The first new feature prevents

Webinar best practice #2: Top tips on how to start a successful webinar

Back in November 2009 I wrote about the planning necessary for a successful webinar and suggested that one of the most important thing to do before a webinar is to test and test again – the software, your equipment and the speakers’ equipment. If possible all attendees equipment should be

Call for ideas: Blogs in education

Can you help me compile the ultimate list of resources for using blogs in learning and teaching? A while ago I did a bit of a bibliography on the use of wikis in learning and teaching [Blog post August 2007]. Together with some practical action research with the use of

Creating online communities: alternatives to Ning

Now that Ning has announced that it is phasing out free services, it’s time to take another look at our Ning communities and to establish what might be a reasonable alternative to Ning. For my longest-running Ning network, ELESIG, we are prepared: a hard-working group from  this community of practice

Online community roles: 3. the Member Services Manager

In my previous posts about the roles and tasks within an online community or community-based social network, I discussed the roles of the Community Editor and Community Facilitator. Both these roles, but particularly that of the Community Facilitator, are really a combination of roles, but it helps to categorise the

Online community roles: 2. the community facilitator

The core principle of The Cohesion Model for Sustainable Online Communities and Social Networks (as described in my previous post on 13th November) is that there are effectively three levels within a community – the Public, the Community or Collaborative, and the Private or Individual level.  There is a role associated

Social media, learning and online communities: best of recent blogs and articles

Some of the more interesting blog posts and articles I’ve bookmarked recently include: Social media The Official Guide to Twitter “Twitter 101 for Business” (from Twitter) Twitter’s own take on how to use it for business: what kinds of things businesses are using Twitter for as part of their social

The value of reflection for professional development

Recently I have been reflecting on reflection… At the moment I am tutoring both a How to Blog course and a couple of Online Tutoring courses. In both of the contexts covered by these online courses, although in very different ways, reflection is key. In the case of a blog,

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