Introduction To Oasisplus - Making Weblinks


Scope:


Weblinks are a way of connecting one piece of text to another piece of text. This is the fundamental basis of the world wide web. In the context of Oasisplus, the tutor can make weblinks to materials on the World wide web which can quickly direct students to relevant study materials, journal articles, or multimedia content. In doing this, students can more quickly gain a grasp of the material they are studying and be kept "time-on-task".

Content:


Making weblinks allows the tutor to direct students to relevant, quality, study materials. With the internet providing a vast pool of academic content, it can be difficult for students to distinguish relevant study materials from the irrelevant or authored material from amateur content. The tutor can improve the students' focus by providing refereed resources from a variety of sources to help keep students on track and on time with their studies.

Oasisplus provides a Web Links inventory tool on the left menu. This allows web sites to be quickly stored in one location which can then be accessed from anywhere in the Oasisplus module.

Making a Weblink


Making a weblink simply requires the module designer filling in an online form.

  1. From The Build tab, click on the Web Links link on the left menu
  2. To create a web link, click the Create Web Link button.
  3. Fill in the Title which will be the name of the link
  4. Add an optional description to indicate to the students what the link is about.
  5. For Item Visibility, keep as Show Item.
  6. In the next section, Web Address (URL), type, or paste in the web address. If you have the web address in another browser window, copy it from the Address field, return to this form and paste it in using Edit/Paste or [CTRL]-V. Be careful, when pasting in the address, the box is pre-filled with "http:". You need to delete this first otherwise you may end up with this: "http://http:www...." which will not work.
  7. If the website is not your own, i.e. if it belongs to a third party, tick the check-box to Open in a new browser window. You must do this to avoid the accusation of "passing-off" the content as your own, should the Copyright Licensing Agency, or other copyright enforcement agency review you module content.
  8. Click Save button at the bottom.
  9. The web link will then be added to your web links inventory. You can test it by clicking on the Actionlink, then clicking on Preview.

Adding a Weblink to a Content Page


  1. On the Build tab, navigate your way to the folder page you want the weblink to be placed on.
  2. At the top of the page, click Add Content Link.
  3. Select Web Link, then in the "Select from Inventory" list, click on the web link you want.
  4. Click the Add Selected button at the bottom.

Categorise Your Weblinks


You can also categorise your web links. This may help you to organise them by lecture or topic/unit.
  1. Click on Create Category
  2. Give the category a title and optional description.
  3. Click Save.
  4. To move a link into a category, click on the web link Actionlink, Edit Properties, then under Category, Select the desired category from the drop-down box and then click Save.

Student Contributed Weblinks


You can also create specific categories for students to be able to create web links in the inventory. You may find this a useful way of engaging the students with building up their own study resources and working as a team to develop this, or having several teams each working on different topics or group assignments.
  1. Click Create Category
  2. Give title and optional description
  3. Under Student Permissions, select the "Allow Student to assign links to this category" radio button.
  4. Click Save.


Activity:


  1. In your practice module, create two weblinks from reputable websites which relate to a topic which you teach.
  2. Add these two weblinks to a folder page.

Thinking:


It is estimated that 90% of all open content on the internet is unrefereed. How do you distinguish refereed content from unrefereed content? How will your students distinguish refereed content from unrefereed content?

There are a variety of ways of linking to multimedia content, for example, Youtube videos. Youtube videos are accompanied by "Share" code and "Embed" code. Which of these is an appropriate method for creating weblinks?

When would it be appropriate to open an external web link within the Oasisplus folder page content frame?

Extra


  1. On your live Oasisplus modules, consider how you might integrate directed weblinked content from a vareity of online resources?
  2. Consider how you associate these weblinks with the weekly or unit-based teaching materials you have produced using the Add Content Link tool on the Folder Page or in the Learning Module?
  3. Consider how many weblinks you provide overall within your module? 10? 100, 850? How many is too many?
  4. Consider how you might ask your students to find and create weblinks on a weekly basis as part of their weekly reading/assignment activities?
  5. Consider how you might integrate some of the above activities as part of your module's teaching and learning strategy in the module's learning unit narrative?

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