I've used Ning as an enhancement to my course management system, creating specific required activities to be completed in Ning and letting students explore, connect, discuss, share on other topics and content as desired. It's really been fabulous and I plan to use it again this fall for a new online class I'm currently developing. View this video to learn more.
So...I was excited to receive a message from Ning today announcing that the Pearson partnership has been extended one more year. Yeah! But what will happen after that? No clue. I encourage us to take this as an opportunity to experiment and explore the value of social networking in formalized learning environments. Our goal should be to identify the value of such a tool for student learning and begin to advocate for support from our institutions or come up with alternative ideas. Have one? Please share!
Here's how to request a Pearson-funded Ning Mini:
- Go to Ning.com
- Click "Get started now" to create your very own network. This will initiate the 30-day free trial period.
- Once your network is created, apply for Pearson funding here.
- You'll hear from Pearson shortly!