Elgg site


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Elgg was created by Ben Werdmuller and David Tosh, they wanted to create a site that would be a fully ‘customizable learning landscape’.

It combines features such as:

Weblog – a place where the users can write about certain topics like a journal or like a blog. It can also link to certain items in the database and it can be shared and looked at by other people.

Social networking: The sites goal is to link people with similar interests and create a learning landscape that will allow for them to communicate. It uses social networking to find and share knowledge between users.

File repository: Allows the user to store files and share them.

Access control: Allows the users to control who will .be able to access their information.

Tagging: This makes it easier to find topics and common interests. The users tag their weblogs and files and so if a person want to find a certain topic they have to find the tag and search.

Customization: There are templates that are provided to the user that they can use but they can also customize the way their information is presented.

Community building: Helps build communities of common knowledge and interests.

Wiki: Connected to a wiki.

Profile data: The data that is provided in the users profile links the users to other users with similar tags in their profiles.

Syndication: There are tags and links with in the system.

Podcasting: It is very successful at podcasting.





Elgg is an integration of many different innovations put together to create an online learning community. Here is a great chart to show where Elgg fits.




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Each user also gets to create a picture which links to their profile. They can also link the users that they are connected to and people who have the same interests.



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Elgg also allows for you to upload files and share them.

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This is what a Elgg profile would look like. The user can click on the links and it will link them to people who have the same interests, likes, dislikes, and even users who work in the same company or go to the dame university.


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More information could be found on the Elgg site or at
http://tesl-ej.org/ej34/m1.html