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Exemplars of Twitter and social bookmarking in Higher Education

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Twitter in Higher Education is a 20 page paper by Tony McNeill, Principal Lecturer in Blended Learning and Educational Technology base in Kingston University’s Academic Development Centre. The case studies begin in Section 2. Dr Sabah Abdullah’s students used Twitter as a broadcast tool in an economics course at the University of Bristol. Dr Monica Rankin used it as a conversational medium in a large cohort learning history at the University of Texas, Dallas. Sheffield Hallam used it to collect feedback; many students tweeted via SMS. The University of Colorado, Denver used Twitter to enhance social presence and so promote involvement, commitment and retention. There’s little in the way of large-scale studies and evaluations but lots of ideas – that’s how it is with very new tools.

On social bookmarking, the ever-creative Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard have produced something called H20 Playlists, “a shared list of readings and other content about an area of intellectual interest” giving learners a “wide open dialogue”. It enables learners in one community (and H20 is open to all) to gain a sense of who else in the world is thinking about the things they’re thinking about, often from very different perspectives. The video explanation is a good introduction to this ethos, or read Larissa, a Masters student in Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, who explains in more detail what it does. And finally, here’s one of the featured playlists, on remix culture.


Written by Mira Vogel

October 30, 2009 at 12:42

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Copyright materials for the VLE, Autumn 08

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To comply with the CLA directives, staff are now required to request from the library a scanned copy of copyright material.

Before you start, some things to bear in mind:

  • Is there an e-version available through our current subs? Not currently easy to find out, but as of Jan 09, Goldsmiths will have an Ex Libris product called SFX (which should be up and running by Christmas) which will establish in a single search whether or not we have electronic access to a particular journal article.
  • If you find that we do subscribe to the article and decide to circumvent the scanning by linking to the article on the third party subscription site – do make sure that your students know how to obtain and use an Athens account. They will need this. More information

Bekky from the Library adds: “Please note: some materials are only accessible on campus” and also

“We no longer use Athens at all now. you can use your goldsmiths log in for most e-books and journals (off-campus access is proving tricky for some people, though SFX makes the process a lot easier).

I don’t scan anything that is already subscribed to digitally, it’s duplication of effort, and the digital version can at least be pretty much guaranteed to be defacement free! When asked for stuff that’s already available, I give the requester details of how to get to the digital version and they can post a link on the VLE.”

Written by Mira Vogel

September 19, 2008 at 14:23

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