No, I’m not talking about bookmarks for chocolate shop websites 😉
I’ve put a link in the ‘Links’ section on the right to my del.icio.us bookmarks – where I’m gathering a collection of sites with relevance to online teaching that may be of use to colleagues in my institution.
If you’re not familiar with del.icio.us or similar social bookmarking sites, it’s a web-based service where individuals can store their web-page bookmarks so that a) they are accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, and b) they can be shared easily with others – friends, colleagues, students. Tags can be added to each entry for easy searching – ‘tags’ being keywords as well as categorising the entries – and a brief description of the site added. You can go to my del.icio.us site, click on a tag that corresponds with something you’re interested in, and you’ll get the list of sites that I’ve bookmarked with that tag.
How might this be useful in teaching? You can set up your own del.icio.us page (there’s no charge) and bookmark pages that are of relevance to your students. Then, rather than having to update teaching materials with the lists of URLs, you can refer students to your del.icio.us page. If you use your unit or course code as a tag, students can search even more easily for pages of relevance to their studies. (You can have multiple accounts, so that, for example, links to your family photos can be kept on a different account to your teaching links.)