“Surfing the net, which is more and more complex, has become one of the main obstacles inefficiently using the network. This is mostly due to the disorganized nature of the Internet, incollections of sites and documents whose quick and exponential growth rate leads to difficultiesusers have to face in order to find their way out of the online informational maze. There are two possibilities of coping with this complexity: either the structure of the Internet is reorganized, or every user is offered the ability of systemizing an individual perspective of the network. Althoughthe first option would probably bring more benefits on a global level, the second is easier to achieveand has immediate advantages for the individual user or for a group of users.”
These lines can be found in a paper from September 1994, published by Michigan State University
. Almost a decade passed until the dream of the American University teachers materialized in theemergence
of a revolutionary way to organize the informational content available online, accordingto individual needs and interests, offered by social bookmarking applications. This paper exploresthe use of social bookmarking with del.icio.us as an instructional tool in an online classes, withstudents from the University of the West, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology. A first structureand a first frame for using del.icios will be presented, including questions for further research.
: del.icio.us, social bookmarking, teaching and learning
Before starting to structure the observations regarding the educational opportunities of the most popular social bookmarking application, we have to make a few remarks.
Firstly, “bookmark” literally means “something you put between the pages of a book so that you can find that page again quickly”. As far as del.icio.us is concerned, “bookmark” means favourite (preferred/of interest)link (site/resource). Because it’s a lot easier to identify it in its original form I shall use it as such.
Secondly, from a technical point of view, all references made in the article hold true for the FireFox v2.0browser and its extensions (of course there are alternatives, like IE or Opera for example, but I prefer Mozilla’s browser because it is “faster, more reliable, and totally customizable to your online life”
And thirdly, because the space allotted to the article is limited, I have chosen to include a minimum number of figures / screen captures.