Removing the “scroll of death” in Moodle with Diigo

The scroll of death is an infamous feature of courses on moodle; a consequence of too much content on the one page and the user having to continually “scroll” down page to find the information they are after. This tip will help teachers minimise the scroll of death, while at the same time keeping course page up to date with minimal effort from the teachers point of view.

I have posted information before on Diigo and it is one of the free technologies that I use practically on a daily basis. I cannot recommend it enough. This post illustrates the benefits of using Diigo in your Moodle course.

This example illustrates a case where the teacher wants to share 4 websites associated with a particular topic. It is worth noting that although the example below uses “topics” format it works equally well for “weeks” format

  • Topic A
    • Handout notes A
    • Website topic a1
    • Website topic a2
    • Website topic a3
    • Website topic a4

Using Diigo this section of the moodle course will look like

  • Topic A
    • Handout notes A
    • Diigo website link for topic a

Immediately you will notice that you moodle course looks that little bit cleaner. Furthermore as you find new websites relevant to “topic A” and bookmark them through Diigo the link in your moodle course will automatically be updated to include your new site – without even visiting your moodle course! The short screencast below gives you a real example to further illustrate the point.

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About Mark Glynn

Head of Teaching Enhancement Unit, Dublin City University

Posted on April 11, 2012, in Moodle, Moodle tips, Other web 2.0 tools, Web 2.0 tools and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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