Bookmarking and the 7 principles.

Posted on: February 11, 2011

While I was reading an article about the  general advantages of social bookmarking Social Bookmarking Even When You’re Not Social: Why I Use Delicious in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I thought what are the benefits of using bookmarking in teaching or in a course? In other terms, which of the seven good practices_discussed in yesterday’s class_ can be achieved through social bookmarking?

In my opinion, and as can be taken from the term SOCIAL bookmarking, this feature develop reciprocity and cooperation among Students. Considering the availability of online resources , students are not confined with what is said in the class, or what’s in their textbooks. They can have other resources and different points of view. Social bookmarking allows them to organize websites to these resources and SHARE them with other students in the class. Moreover, the tagging feature makes it easier to organize and categorize your saved websites. One thing we should pay attention for is the tagging terminology, many people tag websites with terms which they think relevant for them but not necessarily relevant to others. This may waste some time when trying to go to a tagged website with some term you think relevant but you read the whole thing to discover it was not what you were looking for. In addition to that, one should always keep in mind the validity and credibility of shared websites.

I cannot think of another principle which can be achieved through social bookmarking! Can you?

2 Responses to "Bookmarking and the 7 principles."

You mentioned reciprocity and asked if social bookmarking could hit other principles. I see several. The common use of tags by both faculty and students leads to common resource building that encourages active learning by students and may facilitate increased contact between faculty and students. Giving students the expectation and ability to build the course’s resources also respects diverse talents and ways of learning.

Make sense?

I’d also add that it emphasizes “time on task” as it encourages learners to always be considering ways to contribute to the class and share information via tagging…engaging in and sharing learning with peers is also a “high expectation” in my opinion.

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