Diigo is a social bookmarking service, I use personally, it provides a place in the cloud, where users can save all their bookmarks, enabling them to access them when they are away from their own computer. Diigo is one of the many social bookmarking services (see more here) which are currently available on the web, however, another popular service, delicious, which I used to use, is soon to be no more, after Yahoo recently announced they would no longer support it.

When social bookmarking services first started, the ability to save bookmarks to the cloud was the main reason for users to open an account. In the beginning, as it is now, users needed to add their own metadata to their bookmarks so they could be found in a search. However, as this process was new to users they often forgot to include any metadata or they only used a single tag.  Although users could share all their public bookmarks with each other, with little or no metadata available, finding specific bookmarks was difficult. This soon changed as users quickly recognised the need for metadata so they could share their bookmarks with each other successfully. The services themselves have been refined over the years, making it easier for users to share. Diigo now provides the ability for users to create and share individual lists of their own bookmarks, to contribute to existing lists or groups and for users to build their own network by ‘following’ other users. Fundamentally, however, the service is still reliant on users own metadata and it is noticeable that experienced users now use several tags for each bookmark.

Using Diigo to create a PLN

Diigo Tutorial

Diigo use in education

Diigo can be used in any number of ways in an educational context, the most common way I believe it is being used is by tutors, who share a course list of bookmarks with a class. Tutors start a course list and share a number of bookmarks at the beginning of a course and then invite learners to add to the list, as they research and share their own bookmarks on the topic. This is an excellent way of enabling user generated content.

[LINK] Student Learning with Diigo

I actively collaborate and share my own Diigo (http://www.diigo.com/user/moodlemckean) and others, via a number of Personal Learning Networks, these include my staff, the tutors in college and the wider educational community all of which form part of my professional development. I have over 4,700 bookmarks in my Diigo with a variety of tags including over 1,600 tagged elearning, 650 mlearning and 580 iPad. I use a Twitter tool to automatically create a bookmark in Diigo, every time a Tweet includes a link, ensuring I am saving the bookmark as well as sharing it on Twitter. Although I have a large number of bookmarks, this is tiny in relation to the hundreds of thousands which are available to me via my PLN.

Diigo links to educational theory

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Bit.ly is a URL shortening service, which also provides significant analytical information related to the shortened links. A URL shortener is critical tool if you use services such as Twitter, where the numbers of characters you use are at a premium. As each shortened URL is unique to individual accounts the shortened link can be tracked very effectively which is a excellent way of assessing the use of links be they within a blog, email or a LMS.

The information below is the ‘impact’ from my bit.ly links during the last 30 and 7 days, this includes the number of hits and the countries and domains where these hits occurred.

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bit.ly in an educational context

bit.ly can be used in an educational context to enable learners to establish statistics about their blogs. Blogs are becoming a very common form of e-portfolio for learning with feedback generally limited to blog comments or page impressions. Using bit.ly learners will be able to identify which part of the world their visitors are coming from and which particular resources their visitors click on.

Tutors can also use bit.ly in a similar way to evaluate their online courses, establishing which resources learners favour or if a particular style or layout has more impact than others.

This blog article refers to the use of bit.ly by journalists to track “effectiveness and reach” of their Tweets – How journalists are using bit.ly and other shorteners to track the success of tweets

bit.ly links to educational theory

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