Mostly because I was able to integrate the little "hear me speak" image over there on the right (goes pretty well with the colors of the site, don't you think?) I thought I'd mention that Sherri and I are presenting together at Internet Librarian in Monterey this October. We're on day 2; here's the abstract of what we said we'd be discussing:
Session D203 — Web Tools for 21st-Century Learners
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paul Pival, Distance Education Librarian, University of Calgary
Sherri Vokey, Remote Services Librarian, University of Nevada
As the number of courses offered at a distance continues to rise, so does the number of students studying in a blended environment, where at least some of their time is spent accessing course work from off campus. Many tips and tricks are shared by two distance education librarians who make use of free Web tools to offer quality support to their distance students. Learn how to magically insert up-to-date information into multiple courses in virtually any course management system; how to put a cross-platform chat tool such as Chatango or Skype in front of the students where they log in, instead of on the library homepage; how to help professors bookmark subject-specific pages from across the Web and present them on a course Web site or course management system using applications such as del.icio.us, Furl, or CiteULike. Pival and Vokey also outline strategies for creating current awareness services and e-learning opportunities for distance learners.
If you're a regular reader of either of our blogs you'll have read us discussing much of this stuff already, but not in an integrated way. Plus, as the next two months bring new developments there will be additional tools that we'll be able to sneak in. Oh yeah, and there are some other people speaking too ;-) See you there?