Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More on Ning

I posted this as a comment to your Ning Settins post, but I am reposting it here so you get it via email…

Looks like a social network's main page can be made visible to the public, while keeping the rest of the content visible to members only. Then "featuring" can be used to control what gets added to the main page. To control membership, it can be limited to "Only Invited People" and/or require approval before joining.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

YouTube Annotation tool

If instructors were to have students do assignments as videos delivered in YouTube, then it might be useful to give feedback on specific parts of the video.  The Annotations tool, currently in beta has the capability where the video owner can give annotation privileges to other users by sending a link.  That seems pretty nice.  Likewise teams of students could use the annotations tool on early versions of the video as they are trying to make improvements in what they have.  It is an interesting idea. 

On the other hand, I’m still not understand the duration that the annotation stays up on the screen and it seemed the one I made appears at a time slightly different from the time where I stopped the video.


Ning settings

A few days ago I think we got a spam comment to one of our Ning sites.  I’ve not yet check the settings for that – who can post comments – and truthfully I haven’t spent enough time with Ning to be comfortable with these things.  Can the site be publicly readable but have only members post comments?  I don’t know.  If not, we can’t really recommend it for this sort of use because the spam can kill it.