Course Tags & Following the Conversation

Due to the nature of this course, relevant information, responses, and resources will be generated and distributed through a number of tools by participants across the network. As an important requirement and learning outcome, participants will need to gain and utilize a basic understanding of key concepts such as tagging, search, and RSS.

Tagging: Tagging is the use of tags (or labels) when generating or publishing media that enables individuals and groups "to collectively classify and find information" (Wikipedia). In this course, I request that we use at least the following two tags: eci831 & eci831readings. For most media (e.g., blog posts, Youtube videos, Flickr photos, Twitter, etc.), please use the standard tag, 'eci831', If you have a suggestion for readings or media that you feel would be relevant and of interest to course participants, I suggest tagging these (in either Delicious or Diigo) as 'eci831readings'. Certainly, there would be cases where you may want to use both.

Search: Google and other search engines are useful for searching tags, especially if one uses date-based queries. Specialized search engines such as Technorati and Google Blog Search are also useful. Or, if you would rather be notified of recent search results via email or RSS, consider using the Google Alerts service.

RSS: RSS is a powerful tool that allows individuals to subscribe to frequently updated information sources through feed aggregators such as Google Reader. For a useful explanation of RSS, see RSS in Plain English by CommonCraft. We will be addressing the topic of RSS in detail during the first few weeks of the course.

Another service that may interest you in regards to subscribing and arranging feeds is Netvibes. I have taken some of the feeds listed above and created a public EC&I 831 Netvibes page.