Ning Co-Founder Launches Mightybell: Another Educational Tool in the Making?

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Sept 13, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've signed up for something that might be interesting, this course or "experience". G+ thread here. Steve Hargadon writes, "in Mightybell for using the web for personal and professional development." It was Mightybell that caught my eye. Created by Ning co-founder Gina Bianchini, the idea of MightyBell is that you can join courses (or, as the site names them, "experiences", in which there are activities. Mightybell displays visually how many experiences you have joined and completed, and how many activities you have undertaken. As Audrey Watters writes, "As you participate in an experience on Mightybell and move through the various steps, you can view personal analytics as well as see the progress of others — 'Fellow Travelers' who are working toward the same goal." It's an interesting experiment - but it feels very linear, and I wanted to skip steps almost immediately. And there are way too many prods to connect with my social networking buddies.
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