As instructors, we tend to take on the task of finding the right resources for our classes. We spend hours and hours searching and browsing for the right web pages, articles, and videos to help our students learn better.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had an army of volunteers ready to do this search and collection for you? Free social bookmarking services and Sakai can help you achieve this with your own students.
Although many other options are out there, I’ll focus on Diigo and especially on its group feature. Once you’ve created your personal account, create a Diigo group for your class and ask your students to join. Every time any of them finds an article relevant to your class and tags it as a resource for your group, it will be added to a running list available to your whole class, a list from which you can draw fresh examples from during your face-to-face sessions or in online discussion forums. See this video for an example of using Diigo for Research groups, which is a similar process.
Some other features of Diigo groups:
- Notifications when new items are added;
- Possibility of adding external contributors;
- Comments and discussion on links (this link is relevant because…);
- Web highlighting allows students to draw attention to a section of an article for discussion;
- Creation and potential enforcement of a group taxonomy for easy tagging and filtering of links (commonly used keywords to attach to the links);
- Links remain available beyond the semester for all students and yourself.