This page will feature a regularly updated list of useful resource.
Aviary offers, among other resources, an online audio editor (Myna). This is an open source program which allows you to edit music and audio tracks and/or make your own recordings . A demo is available online.
Delicious is a social bookmarking tool (free to join). The service allows users to keep track of resources, by saving a collection online. The advantages are the ‘portability’ of resources (allowing users to access resources from any computer) as well as the collaborative advantages of being able to ‘share’ your resources with others. Bookmarks can also be tagged (to allow ‘filing’).
Diigo is a similar tool to Delicious (above), however it has the added functionality of allowing the user to add highlighting, sticky notes or comments to web resources. User groups in Diigo can rate resources or provide their own comment. This feature makes Diigo a useful tool for online collaborations.
Google Docs enables free online access to documents (text, spreadsheets, presentations). These can be kept private or shared with others, which makes it a useful tool for collaborative projects. You can create documents, utilise the templates, or upload existing documents to Google Docs to share.
Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning ‘think’ or ‘thought’ in Te Reo Maori, is a user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a webblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
Mahara displays like a webpage, but it is easy to develop layout, largely via ‘drag and drop’ – click here for an example.
For a demonstration of Mahara’s capabilities visit: http://www.scivee.tv/node/6372
Visit the demo site for a chance to explore further.
This open source program enables creation of presentations which can be embedded into Blackboard (or Moodle). Viewers do not need to have specific programs (ie Powerpoint) to access the presentation. The program is fairly simple to use, but preparation of presentations is likely to be more time consuming than with Powerpoint. There are several examples on the site that you can ‘copy’ and adapt. If you do sign up, there is an option for Student/Teacher licences, which enable more features than the basic ‘free’ licence.
This online program allows the user to capture events on screen and record them. It would be useful to use as an instructional tool for completing a specific task.
Wikipedia Learning4Content offer a free online wiki course which runs over a 10 day period and provides a good skill base for creating wikis.
Wimba Create is a program used to convert Word Documents into HTML suitable for online courses. It is a add-in to Word, and is only compatible with PCs.The University has a campus edition of Wimba Create which can be downloaded from the TLC web page.
Zamzar is an online tool which offers conversion of documents to/from various formats. An obvious application of this is the conversion of documents to html.
Zotero is an open source, browser-based tool that allows you to keep track of your research resources, including citations, sticky notes on an article inside the tool online, highlighting and annotations to specific articles. It relies on the Firefox browser to work, and functions as an add-on. Zotero allows you to collect information on resources, archive web pages and store pdfs, files, images and links in your library. It provides citation/ bibliography creation functions and libraries can be shared.