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Teaching with Technology:
Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is the practice of saving, categorizing and sharing web sites on the internet. Everyone saves “favorites” or bookmarks in the web browser of their own computer. However, these bookmarks are not easily accessed or shared from a single computer. Social bookmarking permits, through the practice of tagging to identify and save bookmarks that can be easily accessed from any computer with an internet connection. In addition, these descriptive tags can be used by several (sometimes thousands) users, creating an entire database of resources with a common theme or focus. This practice leads to the creation shared content repositories as well serendipitous discovery.

Some potentially valuable instructional uses of screencasting in higher education include:

  • Development of learning resources for a course
  • Shared tags for collaborative student learning
  • Collaboration among faculty research teams
  • Creation of link repositories for schools, departments and organizations

The CTE offers workshops to assist faculty members with exploring the instructional use of social bookmarking: Using Social Bookmarking to Support Teaching and Learning. Faculty members interested in learning more about how this technology might be used in their teaching are welcome to contact Jeff Nugent at the CTE (jsnugent@vcu.edu).

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