Social Bookmarking/Folksonomy/Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) Tools

Tag-based classification of Internet resources. A place for storing useful URLs, managed by the instructor or the learner (such as Furl or del.icio.us)  Advantages: Teaches students knowledge management skills Tagging is done by human beings, who understand the content of the resource, as opposed to software, which algorithmically attempts to determine the meaning of a resource. Can rank a resource … Read More

Webcast (Live)/Screencasting/Guest Speaker/Guest Interview

Visual aids plus spoken audio, played over the internet. Reach out to a small or large group, with reduced travel, work interruption and downtime. Others view your presentation using any web browser. Advanced features could include:  Secure confidential presentations for viewing by only authorized users Organize and categorize webcasts in online catalogs (presentation archive) Customize presentation content to make it … Read More

RSS Feeds

RSS feeds collect news headlines on a particular topic and send out updated headlines with summaries and a URL. Can also be used to connect the thoughts of learners, collecting text based data such as blog entries or daily news in one location.

Mobile Learning (M-Learning)

Handheld devices (PDA, iPhone, Blackberry) have five characteristics that set them apart from desktop computers– portability, accessibility, mobility, adaptability, and affordability. Due to the special characteristics of these devices (such as their reduced computing power or the size of the display), some design considerations must be taken into account when creating applications. From an educational perspective, this allows the students … Read More

FAQ Area

Create a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) area for students to use in locating self-help answers to questions. Allows the students to look for information first before emailing the instructor. As questions are asked over time and as answers are provided, a comprehensive FAQ will emerge.

e-Portfolios/Presentations (student-developed)/Student web pages/Student Reports

An online space that allows students to send significantly longer responses for other students to view and critique. Can be used at beginning of a course, or for group formation (“home” pages posted by the students that express their different backgrounds) There is an e-portfolio tool called Digication for showcasing and assessing student coursework and for coaching students.