Sloan-C Online Workshop on
Web 2.0 in Higher Education

Diigo "Assignment"


Diigo is a social bookmarking tool - something that should be considered part of Web 2.0 - the "read-write" web.  Diigo is free and very powerful.  You can bookmark web sources, add comments (like PostIt notes), add tags to your bookmarked sites, and share your bookmarks with others.

The Diigo website states "Diigo enables effective collaborative research. You can easily share your findings, complete with your highlights and sticky notes, with friends and colleagues. A project team, a class, or a club can create a group on Diigo to pool relevant resources, findings and thoughts together."

That is what we will do in this workshop - bookmark several web pages using Diigo that are relevant to the workshop - and then share your bookmarks with the Sloan-C group in Diigo at:

The Diigo group site will be a useful resource for all the workshop participants - a searchable repository of relevant readings that are shared for everyone's benefit.

Specific Instructions:

Go to ( and create a free account.

Install the free Diigo toolbar in your favorite web browser (I use Firefox).

Next, join the Sloan-C group in Diigo.  [Note:  You will have had to go to and create your free account before you can join the group.]  Login to Diigo and go to - click on the "Join this group" button:

Finally, use Diigo to bookmark online articles that are relevant to the broad workshop topics - Web 2.0 and online education.  Share each of your bookmarks with the Sloan-C group.  As part of the bookmarking process, please provide a number of relevant tags for each bookmark, so that the collection of references will be searchable.  You also should highlight certain sentences or paragraphs in each article, and add "sticky notes" with your comments.

Burks created a short tutorial on how to use Diigo for this "assignment" - see:
If you are not sure you’re ready to start using Diigo, view Emily Barney’s video on Diigo - — to get an idea of what it is like.

Several other helpful videos available via YouTube:

A more recent Jing screencast showing how Burks is using Diigo with his CSC442 online course at UIS is at:

Note:  You may want to start using Diigo as a personal research tool.

Last Updated 8 October 2009 by Burks Oakley II (

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