Week 3—Activities

3.1 Find Reusable Content

Check out the ‘Open Media’ list of Creative Commons, public domain and other free-to-use content sites. Find a few items that might be useful in our teaching context and determine what permissions are given for you to use, revise, re-mix and share them. Write a very short blog post with a link to the item(s) you found and how you would be permitted to use them.

3.2 Resource Evaluation Criteria

Create a criteria for evaluating content-type resources found on the Internet. Try to limit the number of elements to your criteria so that it is easily usable while exploring the Web. At the same time, try to capture what you think are key factors that should be addressed before a resource is used by students.

Once you have developed your criteria, take one content-type Internet resource and evaluate it against your criteria. Put your criteria and your sample site evaluation together into a blog post with the title “Web-Resource Criteria.” Put this post in the “EDDL 5101” category.

3.3 Checking Out Alternate Criteria

Read the “Web-Resource Criteria” posts from your fellow students. Pick a criteria that is significantly different from the one that you developed and apply that criteria against the content-type Internet resource you evaluated for Activity 3.2. Write a short description of the results of using this criteria instead of your own, and be sure to include any insights on the differences in criteria highlighted by the different evaluations. Add this new evaluation to your blog post from Activity 3.2 and as a comment to the post by the student that created the criteria you tried.

3.4 Check out Social Bookmarking

Review the readings on social bookmarking and take a look at Diigo and Google Bookmarks. Consider how you might use them as an instructor in your courses. At a very basic level these tools can be used to collect resources and display them for your students. At the link below you will find my resources for EDDL 5101.


Write a short blog post describing how you might use a social bookmarking service in your teaching or for your professional development. Alternatively, sign up for a service and start collecting some resources. Use tags to categorize them and then blog about your experience.

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