I am interested in starting a conversation that discusses the pros and cons of using Ning as a course management system (CMS). I will be teaching 7th grade instructional technology in the fall and am trying to find the best solution that allows my students to participate in blogs, share files and resources, submit assignments and participate in a safe and secure social network.
I like the features of Ning, but I don't know how secure it is, as far as maintaining administrative control, protecting student identities, monitoring student usage, etc. Is there anyone out here who is using Ning as a CMS? Any advice and suggestions you have will be much appreciated. Cheers.