Watch and learn

2 12 2008

Finally, a couple of online academic library tutorials that don’t induce an attack of the cringes, mainly by avoiding design rooted in the mid ’90s and not including annoying running jokes about cats:

The University of Auckland has produced a handsome (if more than a little bit in debt to the Matrix) online tutorial that uses a graphic novel style narrative, about a student researching a project, to guide the user through the library’s services. It incorporates interactive tutorials on the library’s catalogue and a section on help desk FAQ’s.

The University of California offers this tutorial, aimed at students of science, which runs through the scientific method, information literacy, subject based resources, scholarly communication and the peer review process. It also looks good enough to eat.

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How to explain web 2.0 to zombies

19 09 2008

Here’s Tim O’Reilly’s rather neat summing up of web 2.0 in terms that zombies and web 2.0 newbies (2.0bies?) can easily understand: http://de.sevenload.com/videos/SsY1kjS-Blogpiloten-Tim-OReilly-erklaert-Web-2-0.  (don’t be put off by the German site, the video’s in English). While we’re on the subject of zombies, Commoncraft do a great range of short ‘plain English’ educational videos on web 2.0 tools and trends. I could put one of their useful ones here but, instead, here is their video on how to spot zombies in plain English. It’s worth it for ‘arms…grabby, legs: limpy’ alone: