Some readers may have followed my exploration of facilities offered by http://fur.ly and how it might be used as a learning management system (LMS). At the end of my most recent post, (see 3, below) I said ‘watch this space’, as I intended to explore another service – http://bit.ly.
I have now had the chance to delve into bit.ly and explore what turns out to be its greater potential for use as an ad hoc LMS.
First of all, to get the most from bit.ly, you need to register. It does work as a URL shortener without registration, but to use it to its full potential (which I don’t think I have yet fully tapped), you do need to register. It’s a painless process.
When you have logged in, you will see that over time, the URLs that you have reduced in length are all logged in your ‘area’. If, as I have done today, you wish to bundle some links together you can do this. Simply click on the offer to bundle your most recent links. You then have the opportunity to add/delete links as required and to rearrange them. Where http://bit.ly has the edge over fur.ly, is the way it allows the LMS designer to add an introduction (instructions) and allows the end user to comment/collaborate on the outcomes. This looks like it might be a powerful feature but I haven’t explored it. Please let me know if you do explore it.
There is also an analytics section which I have not explored either, but which may in time come into its own. If you have a play with it, do please let me know how you get on.
Have a look at my David Lloyd George ‘lesson’: http://bit.ly/f4RX56
Interested users will see that I have once again added a Google Form to gain feedback – you could use this as a formative test at the end of the web site sequence.
Please do let me know what you think.