The 15th annual Advanced Learning: This is IT! conference is taking place this year at George Brown College in Toronto May 20-22.   The conference focus is on advanced learning technologies in higher education and business learning.

On Friday at 9:00, I will be presenting a session with Robert Luke (Director Research and Innovation at George Brown College) on the use of social bookmarking in problem-based curriculum design.   We’ll be discussing the project I described here.  Here is the session outline:

Using Social Bookmarking for Problem Based Curriculum Design

Effective problem based learning (PBL) requires a repository of relevant learning and knowledge sources for students to access as they pursue solutions to assigned problems. Most Learning resource repositories are one-directional and limited to instructor defined resources However, the Delicious social bookmarking tool provides a collaborative environment to create a dynamic knowledge base with ongoing contributions by students, instructors, experts and course designers. This session will showcase how George Brown College used Delicious to create an innovative knowledge base to support a new certificate program in Research Commercialization. Attendees will learn the benefits of using Delicious to support problem based (and traditional) learning and the steps to create their own. A demo of the GBC Delicious site will be presented.

Session: Using Social Bookmarking in Problem Based Curriculum Design
Date: Friday, May 22
Time: 9:00 am
Room: 203
George Brown College
290 Adelaide. St. East
Toronto, ON

Hope to see you there!

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  1. Sounds like a great use of social bookmarks, Tom. I’ve found them essential in my own learning, having gone through adventures with Furl & Ma.gnolia, but now hooked on Delicious.

  2. Tom Gram

    Thanks Harold;
    We especially liked the Delicious “inbox” feature gives students, instructors and external experts the ability to contribute new learning resources to the repository and make it truly collaborate within the student/instructor community of the program.

    Students/Instructors simply include the user name of the repository as a tag. The new (recommended) resource sits in the inbox of the repository account until a program coordinator approves it. This allows administrators to review the integrity of the resource and ensure the tags are consistent with the tagging structure used for the repository.


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