I just received this email from Ning:
Hello Ning Network Creator!
You’ve told us how important your Ning Network has become to your educational institutions and efforts, and we’ve been listening. We’re proud to announce that Pearson, a leader in education services, technology and school solutions, will be sponsoring Ning Mini for free for North America K-12 and Higher Education Ning Networks. This program is opt-in, so please visit the Pearson registration page to find more details and get signed up. Ning and Pearson will not take any action on your network without your consent.
If you have a Ning Network or are creating a new one, submit your information on the Pearson registration page to get Ning Mini for free!
— The Ning Team
Here’s what was displayed after I submitted my registration:
To power your Ning Networks, Ning is teaming up with the education and technology company Pearson as an exclusive Ning Sponsor Partner. Pearson will make Ning Mini free for eligible North American K-12 and Higher-Ed Ning Networks. Ning Mini is a great way to get your educational institution online. With Ning Mini, you can add up to 150 members, and enhance your classroom, educational institution or your learning group with customized, online, social networking features like blogs, forums and photos. Read more about Ning Mini.
Ning Networks focused on North American K-12 and Higher-Ed are eligible for free sponsorship by Pearson, including Ning Networks that facilitate learning in a classroom, best practices, educator-to-educator collaboration, or parental support. All participating Ning Networks are invited to apply for sponsorship. Participating Ning Networks will include “Brought to you by Pearson” on the top navigation bar of the Ning Network and a Pearson member profile to allow verification of private Ning Networks.
- Ning will review your Ning Network and contact you with confirmation and the email address for the Pearson member profile you should invite to your network
- Invite the Pearson member profile to your Ning Network. In addition you agree that Pearson and its representative may contact you, the Network Creator, directly in the future.
- After verifying your Ning Network, Pearson will sponsor your Ning Mini network for free for up to three years!