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Hey all-

I was wondering if anyone has been using Ning as an incoming private student group/portal where they can connect and share information. 

If so how was that working out for you?  What limitations did you experience?  Any pleasant surprises? 

Also does anyone know if you can still use Ning on your own servers?

Thanks in advance...

Cliff Jenkins
Interactive Media Manager
College of Mount St. Joseph

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Rachel Reuben did a great job of blogging about her experience using Ning on the "Café New Paltz" for incoming students.
http://doteduguru.com/id1793-cafe-new-paltz-5-days-in.html
Hey Cliff,

We've used Ning for the past two years in conjunction with our first year experience program (which pretty much takes place in that period between when our summer orientations are over and our classes begin & the freshmen get settled on campus).

What I think it interesting about our Ning efforts is the difference in the level of engagement by the students. The first year was very focused around our first year reading theme of that year; the second year was more of an open community (we did have some short videos from folks like Res Life and the Registrar to let students know what to expect when they got on campus). As you might expect, the second year's community got way more participation because the incoming class was free to share whatever they wanted and really took off interacting. Because the first year has such an academic focus, the interactions were much more accidental.

Hope that helps -let me know if you'd like any more specifics!

Michelle

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