Scholar.com: an academic version of del.icio.us?

Today I became aware of a possible serious competitor to the excellent del.icio.us bookmark sharing site in the form of Blackboard’s Scholar.com. Although it is possible to have public access to the bookmark collections at Scholar.com the appropriate access is through an institution’s Blackboard site, iLearn in our case. Organised into teaching disciplines Scholar.com promises to be a more useful interface for distributing and sharing bookmarks for our teaching subjects. When and if we get access I will certainly give it try.

That’s not to say that del.icio.us is not very useful for teaching. Last semester I very conveniently collected all the Web 2.0 sites discovered by my students and recorded in their blogs. I used a very specific tag, inft232-063, which other users on del.icio.us are unlikely to use. I then used the standard bookmarklet to quickly record the URL on del.icio.us, added the student name and entered the tag (with autocompletion courtesy of del.icio.us). You can see their list at:

http://del.icio.us/mrees/inft232-063

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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