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  • Interacting with Students Using UCF Resources

    You can interact with students inside Webcourses, with Groupwise and Knights e-mail, with Adobe Connect, and with a screencast.

  • Mar 25, 10

    Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro web conferencing makes you more productive. With Connect Pro, you can collaborate more effectively with students, faculty, staff, guests, and others by sharing documents, notes, applications, and much more. You can also use Connect Pro to present ideas and information by augmenting your audio conference with PowerPoint slides, moderated discussion, or application sharing. Adobe Connect is supported by the Office of Information Resources at UCF.

  • Mar 25, 10

    "Screencasting" refers to a digital recording of the action on a computer screen, and is sometimes called video screen capture. The programs visible on screen, the movement of the mouse, and the speaking voice of the presenter (captured by external microphone) are all part of the video. The overall effect is similar to imagining a video camera over the shoulder of a presenter sitting at the computer, with all on-screen action captured.

  • Social Bookmarking

    Social Bookmarking tools allow individuals to save and share their bookmarks with colleagues, friends, and family. Four examples of social bookmarking sites are: Diigo, Delicious, Connotea, and iBreadCrumbs. To give you an idea of how it works, we have set up a Diigo site for IDL6543. This site will allow you to view the many links and resources from the course after it is over and you no longer have access to the online portion of the class. We encourage you to check it out.

  • Jun 09, 09

    You can create groups, highlight text in Web pages and add sticky notes here. Your bookmark page was created with Diigo. An extensive and lengthy video regarding social bookmarking and how to use Diigo is located at the following URL:

  • Jun 09, 09

    One of the more popular social bookmarking sites used is Delicious. To give you an idea of how it works, please visit the UCF library bookmarks at .

  • Mar 25, 10

    Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work-in the web browser itself.

  • Social Networking

    These are Web tools that allow the creation of groups, video and picture sharing, and personal and professional networking. Some instructors are using Facebook successfully as a means of course communication. Others use sites such as Linkedin to network with other professionals. You may want to review the Web sites below to determine if you can use them in your online course or personally.

  • Jul 26, 09

    Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends.\nVery little research has been conducted on understanding instructors' behavior and opinions about Facebook being used as an instructional or course tool for courses. Is Facebook an effective and efficient pedagogical tool?

  • Jul 26, 09

    Linkedin is a professional networking tool that connects professionals from around the world. Students are able to connect with professionals for internship and job opportunities.

  • Apr 23, 10

    Groupsite ties together social networking and collaboration in an effort to make group communications easier and more efficient. It’s a hosted solution with Pro plans and a free tier for social networks. With the free account, you can add individual premium features at $9/month each.

    Groupsite has all of the features you would expect to find, including forums, calendars, blogs, file sharing, and profiles. Some have said that Groupsite is to Ning what Facebook is to Myspace. Check out our coverage here and go take it for a spin yourself.

  • Apr 23, 10

    "SocialGO is an online services provider that allows anyone to create and manage their online presence with a powerful, shiny website. We offer two platforms - one aimed at those wanting to build a social network, and one for those who are more interested in building an online home for their existing group."

  • Social Publishing

    Social publishing services offer free uploading and sharing of documents. Anyone can easily upload and immediately share their original works. The technology transforms PDF, Word, PowerPoint and many other file formats into an elegant web display.

  • Jul 09, 09

    Scribd is a social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents. Scribd's vision is to liberate the written word.

  • Jul 27, 09

    Join SlideShare, the world's largest presentation sharing community. Share publicly, privately. Add audio for webinar.

  • Mar 25, 10

    Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show

  • Instant Messaging

    There are many instant messaging tools on the market such as AOL’s AIM, MSN Instant Messenger, and Yahoo’s Instant Messenger. It is sometimes difficult to keep track of all the screennames and passwords we have created in each one. To assist with this, aggregators, such as Trillian and Meebo, have been created. These aggregators allow you to use one tool to manage and use all the instant messaging programs you have an account with.

    Skype is another resource many people use personally to communicate with family and friends. Skype allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. If the people on the call have a camera attached to their computer the telephone call can be a video call. Faculty have begun to use Skype as a way to meet with their students and/or research partners who may be at a distance. Google also has a similar tool, Google Talk.

    Below are links to Trillian, Meebo, Skype, and Google Talk for you to explore if you wish.

  • Jul 14, 09

    With Skype you can make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like. It is free to download.

  • Jun 09, 09

    Chat and make online calls with family and friends over the internet for free.

  • Mar 25, 10

    "With Trillian for Business, your entire company stays connected in real time. Discuss group projects in persistent group chats, hold private 1:1 conversations, and send images and files with ease. Combined with the power of centralized chat history, you'll soon wonder how you survived without Trillian."

  • Research on Social Media

    Explore more resources on how and why social media is used in Education.

  • Mar 25, 10

    "Social bookmarking involves saving bookmarks one would normally make in a Web browser to a public Web site and "tagging" them with keywords. The community-driven, keyword-based classifications, known as "folksonomies," may change how we store and find information online"

  • Mar 25, 10

    "Zotero is a research tool, developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, that provides users with automated access to bibliographic information for online resources. Zotero "senses" bibliographic information contained in a web page and-when the user clicks an icon-gathers that information and places it in the user's library of sources, where users can manage and search those sources. By automating the tasks of gathering, managing, and citing online references, Zotero facilitates a more efficient research process."

  • Mar 25, 10

    "Since ELI's first brief on Facebook (, the social networking site originally developed for college and university students has become available to anyone. It now offers new ways of organizing social networks as well as extensive new features and access to other Web applications. Users can now manage online identities and engage other users much more easily. They also enjoy privacy policies that give them unprecedented control over how their personal information is handled on the site."

  • Mar 25, 10

    "Flickr is a photo-sharing website where anyone can upload and tag photos, browse others' photos, and add comments and annotations. Users can create photo sets and collections to manage content and participate in topical groups to cultivate a sense of community. Although Flickr is ostensibly for photos, the site might more aptly be described as a venue for sharing experiences and building relationships. The site provides the tools, but the value derives from the contributions of the user community -- photos, comments, ratings, and organization -- and the connections that the site facilitates between individuals. In this way, Flickr embodies what has come to be known as Web 2.0 technology."

  • Mar 25, 10

    YouTube is a video-sharing service that allows users to post personally developed videos of nearly any variety online, from animations to personal recordings. YouTube is one of an emerging class of social applications that allows users to share and form communities around their content. It draws users into engaging content as commentators and creators, activities that heighten students' visual literacy.

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