EduSpaces Shutting Down
Dec 16, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Elgg (aka EduSpaces) is shutting down as of January 10. An email was just sent to all members. Users will be able to export their blogs in RSS or HTML. No explanation for the shutdown was given. There is no notice posted on the site yet (though I did check to see and the options to save all posts were there). Update (thanks to Tim): The notice is here.
And we learn that "Elgg development is still continuing however, under a new community driven model. v0.9 is due to be released within a couple of weeks. You can see the latest at http://elgg.org. For K-12 community members looking for a new home are invited to join us over at http://www.commun-IT.org". Total: 12773
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Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

The notice is here:
http://eduspaces.net/mod/vanillaforum/vanilla/comments.php?DiscussionID=50

Elgg development is still continuing however, under a new community driven model. v0.9 is due to be released within a couple of weeks. You can see the latest at elgg.org.

For K-12 community members looking for a new home are invited to join us over at http://www.commun-IT.org

./tim [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

I have had a blog on EduSpaces since it first launched as Elgg. I am disappointed to see the EduSpaces website be shut down.

My research focuses on use of technology tools to create learning materials, deliver/share the materials with others, and to enable technology-based collaboration among students and faculty. With EduSpaces shutting down, what would you suggest as an alternative blogging community to EduSpaces?

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)
Email: rlillie@csusb.edu [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

If any eduspaces users would like to give http://edublogs.org a try we'll welcome them with open arms :)

If you need any assistance please feel free to email support (at) edublogs /dot/ org and we'll help you make the jump.

Cheers, James [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

I've just picked up this note about eduspaces shutting down from January 10th. So, according to some figures I have seen, there are now some 17,000 elgg aware educational users looking for a new home.

The Learning Landscape for Schools, http://www.ll4schools.co.uk, is a recently launched elgg installation for schools. Some security measures have been added to the normal installation in order to provide a safe, social networking environment for both staff and students. At LL4S we feel that there is immense teaching and learning potential in social networking and the use of the web2.0 tools built into elgg but that the popular sites (MySpace, Bebo, etc.) do not provide a suitable level of e-safety to be used in the classroom. Also many Local Authorities block these sites which is another disadvantage!

We are supported by E2BN (http://www.e2bn.org) - one of the RBCs responsible for supplying internet services to schools and Local Authorites in the East of England - who obviously take e-safety issues very seriously. LL4S want to provide a safe place for the educational potential of Web2.0 to be explored by staff and students alike. There is much more information on the site about how LL4S works and how to register a school and get accounts.

As the demise of eduspaces has happened so fast LL4S is not really in a position to offer space to all the current account holders - many will probably fall outside the remit of our site. However, if there are now homeless blogging teachers out there that are keen to use elgg with their students we would happy to accept any existing data they have so they can continue their own blogs and bring a safe, global social network into their classroom.

LL4S is not a free service as costs must be recuperated, expansion planned for and subscriptions are our only source of income. But I think we are great value!

So, take a look at the site, read about how we work and how to register. My blog is here (http://www.ll4schools.co.uk/blog/). Please get in touch if you want more information about signing up.

John Hackett
john.hackett@ll4schools.co.uk [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

There is a very interesting open discussion on all this with lots of opinions on all this at the Eduspaces Site Forum: http://eduspaces.net/mod/vanillaforum/vanilla/comments.php?DiscussionID=50 . You'd better take a look at it. We are discussing on how to maintain the Eduspaces community alive in several ways.

By the way, you can also find the official explanation of the shut down of Eduspaces there: http://eduspaces.net/mod/vanillaforum/vanilla/comments.php?DiscussionID=52

There is a very important thing: Elgg is not Eduspaces. Elgg software, and community support can still be found at http://elgg.org . Eduspaces is just a social network on education built with the Elgg open source social networking platform. [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: EduSpaces Shutting Down

Eudspaces will not be closed: http://eduspaces.net/mod/vanillaforum/vanilla/comments.php?DiscussionID=53 [Comment] [Permalink]



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