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Michigan Library Association Annual Conference Veronica Bielat & Michael Sensiba Wayne State University October 23, 2008. Web Presence of Instructional Materials. Issues: Instruction Materials. Organization Duplication Centralization Control Format Access Dissemination.

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Michigan Library Association Annual Conference

Veronica Bielat & Michael Sensiba

Wayne State University

October 23, 2008

Web Presence of Instructional Materials

issues instruction materials
Issues: Instruction Materials
  • Organization
  • Duplication
  • Centralization
  • Control
  • Format
  • Access
  • Dissemination
how to find our materials
How to find our materials?
  • Create a web page with links?
  • Create a unique tag?
  • Create a wiki?
  • Create a subject guide?
  • Create a database on shared network drive?
  • OR: Create an online database!!
purpose of project
Purpose of Project
  • Make instruction materials accessible through commercial web-based services
  • Increased findability of materials through focused tagging
  • Develop new materials based on new technologies
  • Explore new services and their capabilities
  • Link materials together regardless of service
  • Explore possible destination services
  • Create email account with strong password
  • Gather test materials for comparison
  • Create accounts on destination services
  • Upload items
  • Test public accessibility of uploaded items
yahoo mail
Yahoo Mail
  • Used as drop box and temporary repository for instructional materials
  • Unlimited storage
  • Have a shareable ID and password among the librarians
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“SlideShare is a cool place to host and share presentations. Upload all your slide decks, and find / download interesting presentations.”

  • Registration required for upload
  • Supports Powerpoint (PPT & PPS), OpenOffice (ODP), Keynote and PDF formats
  • Requires Flash 7 plug in to view presentations
  • Presentations can be viewed, embedded, or downloaded
  • Allows slide transcripts
  • Max file size: 30MB
  • Presentations can be tagged
  • No private presentations now
  • No embedded audio or video (see below)
  • Content indexed by search engines
  • New feature: Slidecasting (viewing slide decks synchronized with an audio file)
  • Has API
  • Terms of Use
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“Scribd lets you publish and discover documents online. ... We make use of a custom Flash document viewer that lets you display documents right in your Web browser.”

  • Registration suggested
  • Display documents in a web browser using our custom Flash PDF player
  • Perform high quality conversions between many different formats, including Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint, Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format
  • See all sorts of detailed information on who is viewing each of your documents, including the geographic locations of visitors and how people got to your doc
  • Publish a document with its own public URL that will be indexed by search engines
  • Embed a long or complex document in your blog or personal webpage
  • Convert a document to an mp3 that you can listen to on your iPod
  • Bulk upload files (that's right, storage is unlimited!)
  • Terms of Use
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“YouTube is an online video streaming service that allows anyone to view and share videos that have been uploaded by our members.”

  • Registration required
  • No download
  • Can embed player
  • Can make video private
  • 100MB limit per video, number unlimited
  • No video longer than 10 minutes
  • File formats accepted: .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG
  • Can tag videos
  • Has an API
  • Terms of Use
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“... a podcasting hosting service that provides both free and premium accounts to our users. You can create a podcast with our technology, upload it to Switchpod and be podcasting to the world in a matter of minutes.”

  • Registration required;
  • Basic version free (200MB or about 200 minutes of audio), but contains ads
  • iTunes compatible
  • Terms of Service
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“Flickr is the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online.”

  • Registration required
  • Basic account free; FlickrPro $24.95/yr
  • Basic account: 100MB upload/month (5MB per photo)
  • Can set privacy per photo
  • Can enable/disable comments
  • Can tag photos
  • Community Guidelines
  • Terms of Service
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“Megaupload is a leading provider of online storage and web hosting services.“

  • Registration required
  • Permanent storage with Premium membership
  • 500MB file size limit; 50GB total limit for free storage
  • Cannot be embedded in other web pages
  • Terms of Service
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“Zentation provides a way to synchronize video uploaded to Google Video with your PowerPoint. Zentation's patent pending technology allows for the easy synchronization of your video and graphics without any technical knowledge.”

  • Registration required
  • Works only with Google Video
  • Terms of Use
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  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“ is a social bookmarking website -- the primary use of is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.”

  • Registration required
  • No size limits
  • Terms of Service
  • URL:
  • Purpose:

“The basic building block of Trailfire is the trail - a collection of web pages on a subject or concept, hand built and annotated by a trail creator (we call them "guides") on each page.”

  • Registration required to create trails
  • Browser plug in required
  • Can add text, links, images, audio and video clips to marks (“stops” on the trail)
  • Terms of Use
what other materials
What other materials?
  • What materials do you think you’d like to have available for instruction?
zoho creator
Zoho Creator
  • Online database (compare MS Access)
  • Create links to items
  • Add searchable metadata for each item
  • URL:
  • Shareable ID and password with librarians
  • Applications can be private or public (indexed by search engines)

Go to WSULS Instruction Materials database

  • Item Name
  • Created By
  • Date Created
  • Date Last Revised
  • Checked By
  • Date Checked
  • Resource Format
  • Resource Type
  • URL
  • Primary Audience
  • Course Number
  • Instructor
  • Department
  • Program
  • College
  • Assignment Title
  • Notes
  • Contains Audio?
  • Contains Video?
  • Ephemeral services
  • Service downtime
  • Changing terms
  • File formats
  • File size
  • Reduced capabilities
  • Access requirements
  • Internet access required