Getting started with Diigo social bookmarking - a checklist

Grant type: Hot Topic
Round: Hot Topic 2009/10
Amount awarded £50.00
Completed: March 2010
Leader(s): Miss Anne-Florence Dujardin
Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University
Contact Email: a-f.dujardin@shu.ac.uk
Contact phone: 01142255280
Interim report received: 13 May 2010
Final report received: 13 May 2010

Research on social bookmarking suggests students find such media useful to engage with and manage the academic literature on their course. Diigo (or ‘Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff’) may be of most interest in HE settings as it allows threaded commentary, highlighting and annotations in addition to sharing bookmarks.

As with other forms of e-learning, carefully preparation is necessary, yet little advice is available to tutors on getting started with Diigo – even though social media is seldom supported by learning technologists in universities. The checklist below is based on current experience in setting up a social bookmarking group in Diigo.

1. Request an educator's upgrade for Diigo; this will allow you to create private student groups that cannot be found by public search engines
2. Use Diigo to invite students to join the group; follow up with emails as necessary
3. Refer students to online videos on social bookmarking, to make sure that students understand what social bookmarking involves.
4. Seed the group with some example texts, including comments and annotations, so that students understand your expectations.
5. Ask students to practice, to find out what issues they might have.
6. Give feedback on early attempts, to reassure students they are on the right tracks.

More details can be found under the ‘Diigo’ tag on my blog: afdujardin.wordpress.com.