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Jamie Wood, del.icio.us - 05.05.08
 

Jamie Wood, del.icio.us - 05.05.08

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IBL Cafe presentation given by Jamie Wood (CILASS, University of Sheffield) in May 2008. It was on the use of the social bookmarking site del.icio.us in first year History seminars.

IBL Cafe presentation given by Jamie Wood (CILASS, University of Sheffield) in May 2008. It was on the use of the social bookmarking site del.icio.us in first year History seminars.

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    Jamie Wood, del.icio.us - 05.05.08 Jamie Wood, del.icio.us - 05.05.08 Presentation Transcript

    • del.icio.us
      • What is del.icio.us?
      • Context
      • What i did and why
      • Reflection – good bits and bad bits
    • What is del.icio.us?
      • Social bookmarking site – one of a number (e.g. Diigo, diggit…)
      • Allows you to add webpages to a list of favourites on your own webpage and ‘tag’ them with keywords
      • Means that all your favourites are in one place instead of different locations
      • This can include articles on sites such as jstor or behind password protected sites
    • Context – the course
      • Seminars on 1 st year core module – HST114 – Pagans, Christians and Heretics
      • 1 hour per week
      • Oral presentations and contributions assessed (at least two per week)
      • So, whatever I did had to fit with this
        • Couldn’t give them too much to do
        • Benefit was that they were more likely to do what I asked
    • Context - personal
      • Peripatetic
      • CILASS role
      • Experience of seminar teaching of similar topics
      • Idea that students generate bibliography had appealed to me
      • Student use of the internet – is it really that bad?
      • Wanted to (a) encourage the students to do some preparation and (b) try to record what that was
    • What happened - 1
      • I set up a del.icio.us site for the students and I to use
      • Each week, for homework the students were asked to ‘tag’ 3 websites – 1 x primary source; 1 x secondary source; 1 x ‘other’
      • They were also to provide a short description of the site that they had chosen and tag the site with a number of descriptive keywords
      • I did the same each week
    • What happened - 2
      • These resources were shared between the 2 groups
      • Where’s the inquiry in all this?
      • I also created a course blog, to which I asked the students to post a weekly question arising from their preparatory readings = inquiry?
      • I read the blog and del.icio.us site each week and used then as a basis for preparing the coming seminar
      • Experimentation occurred
    • Reflections - good
      • Most of the students have engaged with it
      • Some students have engaged with it very consistently
      • Allowed me to make seminars relevant to the work that the students had done – e.g. sources we look at/ questions we address
      • Really interesting to be able to chart what the students are doing/ what they think of the websites – e.g. of searches
      • The students seem to like it
    • Reflections - bad
      • Some students haven’t engaged with it
      • Some students have engaged with it in passing
      • Tension between direction/ modifying student use of the internet
      • Is this inquiry?
      • Time constraints due to assessed presentations – how to fit this into seminars?
      • Repetitive?
      • Will they do it without chasing?
    • Reflections - ugly