Daily Bookmarks 09/05/2008

  • Like the title says, a collection of free ebooks about e-learning. I’m not sure I’d call everything here an actual “ebook” (like Jane Hart’s list of Top 100 Tools), but it’s certainly a lot of reading material. I just wish this was more than a list of links. Annotations or even tags would make it much easier to figure out what’s useful for a specific purpose. If you want to pretend you’re browsing a bookshelf and looking at book spines though, this is a good list.

    tags: e-learning

5 thoughts on “Daily Bookmarks 09/05/2008

  1. Kia ora Christy!

    Thanks for this. As you know, the eLearning Guild also have ebooks, some (most) of which I wouldn’t really call ebooks as they are not really e-enabled, though their content can be extremely useful.

    I fear that the real usefulness of available technology is still not being exploited as best it can when it comes to the ebook. Pdf books made a start, and some of those can be quite good. Unfortunately many people have been put off pdf from the enormously huge pdfed books that have been distributed with no links from index or contents, and sometimes what is worse, no index.

    If I get a hold of a good so-called pdf ebook, I spend some time editing it in Adobe. But I’m not supposed to distribute my annotated copy – sigh!

    Ka kite
    from Middle-earth

  2. The eLearning Guild ebooks are included in the list. I think I’m even quoted in one of them.🙂

    This is definitely technology that isn’t quite there yet. I’m not a big fan of ebooks in general, even when the reading material is free. Maybe if the technology was better or I had a Kindle or something I would appreciate them more.

  3. Dear Christy,

    Thanks for the constructive feedback regarding my e-learning ebooks bookshelf collection🙂

    I am in the process of exploring different ways to share knowledge (or juicy links), and this is one approach I have taken to stimulate people to explore without adopting the tag and description approach (for every link)🙂 (It seems to be working alright) Here is another one, by the way:

    http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2008/08/101-free-learning-tools.html

    But then again I am still learning and will hopefully be creatively exploring a few other frustrating or juicy approaches in my next two post, which will be coming in a couple of weeks time, perhaps…🙂

    It is learning process, and reflective comments like yours makes my learning more constructive and fun🙂

    Warm Regards,

    Zaid

    P.S. I like your blog, I find it is constructive, relevant and witty🙂

  4. Hello Zaid,

    It’s always a balance with list posts–do you highlight just a few items and give more detail about them, or do you provide a more comprehensive list of options without the detail? You tend to specialize in the jumbo-sized list. I do think there’s a need for both. Obviously, I thought your list was a useful enough reference to want to bookmark it.🙂

    I know it’s not possible to do really detailed annotation for every link if you’re collecting 100 of them; it would be an enormous project. Still, I do find shorter lists with more details to be more generally useful. There’s so much information out there; sometimes it’s nice to have content filtered in advance. That’s a personal preference though.

    I really did feel like I was reading the spines of books on a bookshelf as I went through your list though. It was very much like browsing at a bookstore.

    Thanks for the compliment!

  5. Dear Christy,

    Again thanks for your feedback (I’m lovin it!). I like your description “reading the spines of books on a bookshelf”. I suppose you noticed the spaceman and alien sitting and looking at the bookshelves (one of the slides. In other words, bullseye feeling!). The only major difference is that it is virtual bookshelf, open 24-four hours, 365 days a year. Yes, all the ebooks (or resources) are free, too (Share, possibilities and connect)🙂

    In short, I agree with most you say, except my specialization🙂

    As you said there is a need for both, and if you really explore the 300+ posts on my blog, you will discover everything from learning resource (teaching, learning reflections) reviews to 250+ resource lists.

    But I do also like to compile king size lists (and at the moment I am visualizing some of them)🙂

    By the way here is my first ebook (a compilation of the best from the ZaidLearn blog) , if you are interested:
    http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2008/08/69-learning-adventures-in-6-galaxies-my.html

    I really appreciate your feedback, and have learned a lot🙂

    Thanks again and have a great day learning!

    Warm Regards,

    Zaid(Learn)🙂

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