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Trying Something New

April 12th, 2009 Comments off

Every semester I run across things such as “real world” articles or various links that are helpful to students.  To share these resources,  I have been using the D2L Discussions tool and that has worked fairly well, but it does have limits.  One of the limits is that I might find an article on Environmental Costs early in the semester and we don’t cover that until late in the semester and D2L Discussions don’t allow me to categorize things to make them easier to find when the topic becomes relevant/current.  Another limit is that some articles I find, for example, can be useful over the course of many semesters and I have to repost them into each D2L course for each group of students to see them.  This takes a lot of time and inevitably I end up not being able to find resources that I know I have had at one time or another.

In response to these limitations, going forward I’m going to post this kind of information here on a blog.  This blog can continue to grow over time and will serve as a resource for current/future/past students over time.

When linking to things, I will try to find ways of doing so to avoid sites that require user authentication (id and password), but I know that will not always be possible.  The Wall Street Journal, in particular, is one place I find a lot of articles and some of their material is only available to subscribers when retrieved from WSJ.com.  Fortunately, all students and faculty of Metropolitan State University have access to many online, library databases so in those situations, I can usually find another link that will allow you open the article using your NetDirect userid and password through ProQuest, EBSCOhost, etc.  If you are not a current student at Metropolitan State University you will find that these links do not work for you.

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