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Archive for June, 2008

Library Web Quest weeks 1 to 3

Posted by andrewey on June 30, 2008

This is the first instalment of my reflective blog on the library Web Quest (which lasts for 8 weeks) I am undertaking to improve my knowledge of Web 2.0 resources.

Week 1 Introduction

Web 2.0 videos

I didn’t find Tim O’Reilly’s explanation very helpful – surely ‘users add value’ is an outcome rather than a definition of Web 2.0?

I really like the ‘Machine is using us’ – even though I’d seen it before. A very good ‘taster’ for Web 2.0 (classic ’selling the sizzle’ rather than ’selling the sausage’).

‘What is Web 2.0′ was more about ’selling the sausage’ and was a good overview – if a little long. The opening titles are terrible despite the tango music.

Wasn’t impressed with ‘Web 2.0 a brief introduction’. The imagery was a bit confusing – half way through it seemed to turn into an ipod commercial – and I didn’t like the music.

Week 2 Blogs

I now understand how blogs are structured in terms of the fact that they are not organised like you would a library website (eg by pages and subject grouping).

Tags and categories are a good way of organising information. I particularly like the fact you can have two (or more) words in a tag on the blog unlike other Web 2.0 resources which require you to use underscores etc.

Widgets seem fairly easy to use and I’ve already created one of my own by copying code from another website.

I can see the blog being a useful place to store information I come across - whether it is spoken, a file or a website. This makes it more useful than say del.icio.us which of course I can only add websites to.

Week 3 del.icio.us

I already use igoogle to make use of my bookmarks across PCs. Del.icio.us I can see as being more versatile in terms of creating virtual reading lists as suggested on the Web Quest video  (what is it with adding random bits of music – jazz this time – to these things?). Del.icio.us also allows you to see what others have linked to – a facility  I had already used.

 Roll on week 4

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CoFHE UC&R Conference 2008

Posted by andrewey on June 27, 2008

As a fairly regular attendee of CoFHE conferences I can honestly say that this year’s conference has been the best one I have attended.

Although I could be called biased, owing to my (very peripheral) role on the organising committee, this year’s conference had an excellent balance of FE and HE speakers and workshops.

Some of the interesting concepts and information sources I picked up on included:

‘Creepy tree house

This was defined as the negative perception students have of Web 2.0 technologies used to entice them in to engagement with libraries or the curriculum. 

So obviously the challenge we have to face is to develop Web 2.0 technologies which look like ‘friendly tree houses’!

Mention was made of hard evidence from Greenwich Community College that students who made use of the LRC perform better than those that don’t.

There was widespread use of Youtube in presentations and workshops some of the highlights, all from mediatedcultures.net, were:

A vision of students today – which looks at the changing nature of student life

World Simulation – a Web 2.0 world simulator using Twitter

The machine is us – a good introduction to Web 2.0 (should have been in my workshop but it kept crashing!) 

 

 

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