Month: June 2008

#twitterdel.icio.ussocial bookmarkingsocial networkingWeb 2.0

Using to capture, organise, share and retrieve web-based resources is a free, web-based service allowing users to bookmark sites and, rather than keep them in a particular pc and browser, share them online with friends, colleagues, and people with similar or overlapping interests.

my bookmarks

Annotated Screenshot


1. Title of webpage/website: This is by default defined by the page creator. Most websites are helpfully titled (the BBC, Times Higher Education and the Guardian are good examples). Some academic/personal pages may not be so usefully titled, but this can be changed when saving the page to your files.

2. When saved: Useful to know when you originally found the webpage, especially if you save and then read later.

3. User-defined tags: When saving a page, the user can add ‘tags’ to it which will make it easier to organise, retrieve and share pages between browsers, pcs, colleagues and the community. Rather than bookmarking in a browser you can bookmark on line and send your reading lists, resources and (small r) research to those who are intersted.

4. How many others have saved page: This provides an insight into how the webpage is perceived by others…how many people also thought it was useful? Who exactly has saved it? Clicking on the link shows who else has saved it and any comments they added to their tags. This is useful in adding ‘authority’ to a webpage.

Getting started

This is a good place to begin, my own bookmarked resource on using! –

addressing variabilitybaseline presenceE-Learning

Baseline presence, some possible definitions and considerations

‘Addressing variability in the student experience by agreeing a baseline presence in the VLE for all courses’.

  • Basic course information BCI 1
    • Handbook
    • Timetables
    • Tutor contact details

There is the possibility that of achieving this through a combination of increased integration with Banner and some sort of Tutor database (no such thing as Banner for staff)

Presently, Tutors are added manually by E-Learning Team / DAs / Existing tutors

  • Basic course information 2
    • As BCI 1
    • A news forum to which all students are automatically subscribed
    • Automated link to electronic resources as held by the library
      • Reading lists
      • Exam papers
      • Electronic bookshelves

A subscribed news forum, which acts as a notice board and replaces the need for group e-mails, lost information, non-trackable communication can be added to the basic course build.

The Library has created electronic reading lists, based on course book requests, which are by default linked into Moodle courses. This is a labour intensive process and not all courses have these, or up-to-date versions.

There is the prospect of Moodle being integrated with a Learning Object Repository in the near future. As well as creating a number of support issues this may well deliver the ability to embed course materials more effectively.

  • Basic course information 3
    • As BCI 2
    • Lecture notes in standard format for each week

This requires more tutor input and therefore training and support than the previous definitions.

This is where Administrative staff, PhD Students (Imperial) or Student Helpers (LSE) could support tutors.

A virtual team of well trained support staff could deliver agreed standard structure / presentation / formats.

Such standards such as all materials offered in Wimba Create or PDF would enhance the student experience.

This assumes the content model of e-learning which does not necessarily improve learning. Simply repurposing printed media for online use does not meet the needs of the online learner and is simply a driver of what we call p-learning.

Training staff to ‘write for the web’ may not be welcomed or be feasible. Time better spent developing activities?


Feedback & Questionnaire Modules coming soon

Since our recent evaluation of the Moodle feedback and questionnaire modules I have begun designing a 1hr training session for staff interested in integrating these activities into their courses.

These resources will deliver a much improved platform for retrieving feedback and profile data from all our Moodle users and will be invaluable addition for our research activities in the future.

The development team will add these resources to our main Moodle install in the very near future with training starting shortly after (subject to Roll over process in July).

Moodle’s info is available via these links;

Feedback –

Questionnaire –