Assembling the heterogeneous elements for digital learning

Revising week 1 of EDU8117 – Networked and Global Learning

The following is a description of how I’ve gone about revising the Week 1 material for EDU8117, Networked and Global Learning. The intent is to demonstrate how a tool can be used for something a little different.

The problem

The content for week 1 is a longish web page. It was created in a hurry last year and could use some re-jigging. I need to read through the material and ponder what changes to make. The problem is how to record those thoughts in a way that allows me to focus on reading through the material initially.

If the material was in a Word (or PDF, or Google) document I would probably end up using Word’s (or Acrobat’s, Google doc’s) annotation facility to mark up the text and add comments. But it’s a web page and I’m not going to venture into the wilds of converting back and forth between HTML and other formats.

The solution

Luckily, I do use Diigo which will allow me to annotate web page, and that’s what I’m using. I’m reading through the web page and highlighting sections and making comments on sections I think will change. Once I’m complete, I’ll open the blog post in the WordPress editor beside another browser with the annotated version and make the changes.

The result

Here’s what part of the web page looks like with the annotations.

Original NGL Week 1

And the corresponding information in Diigo. You’ll be able to see that yourself if you visit my Diigo library. That link is actually to Diigo’s list of all links I’ve tagged with “annotate”. I’ll try to keep this the only one.

Diigo annotations on NGL Week 1

It has the advantage of leaving a visible record of the changes I’ve made. Even after I’ve changed the original web page, Diigo has done a reasonable job of keeping the highlights and annotations in place.

It also provides the potential advantage of making explicit

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