We had a look at Ning at our department meeting, and talked about ways it might be useful. I'm still not sure it's the best tool, but I want to give it a try.
Poor Germaine has problems whenever it's time for a group to log in somewhere. Her e-mail not recognized (though she is already a member), error messages galore. And earlier today she could not show her PowerPoint to a class because the data projector acted up. These are the kinds of things that can easily turn people away from using technology.
But then Mike, the self-described "resident Luddite," has learned about and recorded several podcasts by using Atomic learning. I was quite impressed.