Category Archives: DIT E-learning

Blogging through WordPress

WordPress is a fabulous facility that allows any member of the public to create their own blog / website.  A blog is a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. There are a selection of tools available to help you with your blog; the most common of which is “WordPress”.

There are two different sites –  WordPress.com and WordPress.org

WordPress.org is the website where the free WordPress software can be downloaded. For no charge, WordPress.org provides downloadable blog software, community mailing lists, community support forums, documentation, and free themes and plugins.

WordPress.com is different. You do not have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. When you sign up for a WordPress.com blog, you will get a URL like “andy.wordpress.com” or you can map a domain so your blog is available at “example.com” without the “.wordpress.com” portion.  You do not control the software or the database; FTP and shell access are not included. As a result most first time bloggers opt for wordpress.com. For more information on the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org please click the link below

http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

The selection of video tutorials below are taken from YouTube and will help you to set up your own blog through WordPress.com. Click on the small box in the bottom left of the youtube screen to get the full list of youtube tutorials available through this list

I also have collated a series of links related to blogs and they are available through http://www.diigo.com/user/markglynn/blogs

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Diigo – social bookmarking

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Two of the more popular bookmarking services available are Diigo and Delicious Tagging is a significant feature of both of these social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways. I have an account on both systems but my favourite by a long shot is Diigo.

What is Diigo?

How to set up a Diigo account

How to install the Diigo Toolbar on your browser: Internet explorerGoogle ChromeFirefox

How do I use Diigo if I cannot install the toolbar on the computer I’m using i.e. if I don’t have administrator rights on the computer

How do I import my bookmarks from my computer into my Diigo account

How to bookmark a website

How to book mark an image from a website

How a teacher can give feedback through Diigo

How to annotate a website using Diigo

Saving search results with Diigo

Mahara – open source e-portfolio system

Mahara logoAs an online portfolio, Mahara is a place to store institutional and personal learning articles or ‘artefacts’.  Students can use these artefacts to demonstrate their development over time to various audiences including prospective universities and future employers.

Mahara also provides a comprehensive blogging tool, social networking and a CV builder.  Users have their own personalised profiles which they can use to add employment and education history, accreditations, achievements and goals.

Communities can be built within Mahara – users have the ability to connect with other users, create and maintain lists of friends. One of the features that differentiates Mahara from other ePortfolio systems is that users control which items and what information within their portfolio other users see.

For a short video introduction on Mahara click here

For a series of instructional videos on performing a variety of tasks in Mahara – visit my How to guide…...”  for Mahara

Collaborate through technology; literature reviews

Sifting through the literature can be a daunting task. Digging through 1000’s of papers in your area of interest trying to find the most relevant ones. Then how do you store the stacks of papers that you have collected. Working with colleagues can help reduce the workload but then how do you share what you found. There are many technology based solutions that available – one of which that I have discovered recently through one of our sessions on the DIT MSc in E-learning is Endnote Web. The screencast below shows how you can share papers with colleagues after your long hard search through the literature

For more detailed instructions on using Endnote I would recommend your friendly DIT librarian as a great start

Formative feedback

Two things strike me