A message to all members of Classroom 2.0
The news this past week of changes to Ning’s financial model, based on an internal memo and then confirmed on their blog, is reasonably causing concern in the education community. Ning has facilitated a pretty historic change in the connecting of educators, often in self-directed ways, through the ability to “create your own social network.”
I’ve set up a live Elluminate session for today, Tuesday, April 20th, at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time (US) / 8pm Eastern Daylight Time (US) / 12am Wednesday GMT, to talk about this. We’ll use the FutureofEducation.com Elluminate room: log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. I’ll open up the room 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early, and we’ll run as long as is needed. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support.
While Ning won’t be announcing their pricing or policy changes until May 4th, they have implied that there may no longer be the ability to create networks that are free in return for advertising on them; and that while they are interested in supporting the education community, their educational programs will likely change as well. In addition to the (appropriate) venting which I’m sure will come up tonight, this meeting is a chance for us to define what we hope Ning will consider as they think about the education arena–including not just pricing, but issues like data portability. We’ll also, I’m pretty sure, be hearing from many as to what potential alternatives there are to Ning and how to determine an appropriate path should Ning’s education offerings not be attractive.
I hope you’ll consider joining us tonight. I’ll try to make sure everything we do is documented on the http://www.EducationalNetworking.com wiki, and will post the recording from the event tonight on the front page there so that if you are not able to attend you can play or download the recording.
Founder, Classroom 2.0