Thinking about joining things up with ThingLink

I am always looking for simple ways to present or perhaps represent content, links and well “stuff” in general.   Over the last couple of months I’ve been having a play with Thinglink.

Thinglink is an web based application that allows users to enhance images and videos with hyperlinked content.  So you can take an image, and then “tag” it, to create hotspots which link to related resources/additional information. For example if you had a map you could tag specific buildings/parks and provide links to related resources and additional information like this.  In a similar vein, I can imagine an interactive guide to a lab/specialist equipment.

I have used it to enhanced a diagram illustrating the work of our department which is now part of our website.  More recently, I’ve used it to create a more visual, interactive guide to some support resources for the Collaborate Ultra web conferencing system.

There’s also the ability to tag videos and create 360 videos, but you have to pay for that level. Just now I am finding the free to use version more than adequate for my needs.  The subscription version also includes more sophisticated “education” specific functions, like setting up groups.  However, I don’t really have a need to do that just now.

The finished resources can be easily shared on line and also embedded in GCULearn.  So, another little tool to think  if you have an image that you would like to enhance or have a some related web links that you would like to contextualise. Or you might think about getting students to use it to create some digital artefacts.

If you have any thoughts or have used Thinglink,  we’d love to hear them in  the comments.

 

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Collabo-break session 1 recording now available

Many thanks to Allan Thomson (SHLS)  for leading our first Collabo-break session today.  As well as giving a really useful overview of how to set up and use the system, Allan provided some great advice and ideas on based on his  very positive experiences of integrating it into his teaching.

You can view the session directly here, or download it from edShare.

Our next session will be in November – watch this space for more details.

 

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Join us for a “collabo-break”, 12 October

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We are delighted that Allan Thomson (Lecturer, Podiatry) is going to take the lead in our inaugural online “collabo-break”next Thursday (12 October) at 12.30pm. Alan will be sharing  how he is using the Collaborate Ultra web conferencing system with his on campus and distance students and when students are on placement.

These sessions are the successor to our face to face coffee club meetings and we will be using Collaborate Ultra, so you can join us from anywhere.  If you can’t make the session we’ll be sharing a recording very shortly afterwards via edShare.

This is the first of series of online sessions to share practice and also to provide an opportunity for staff to experience the Collaborate Ultra web conferencing system which is now fully integrated into GCULearn.

To join the session simply click on this link.

NB To get the best user experience of Collaborate Ultra, take a few minutes before the session starts to ensure that you have the most up to date version of either the Chrome or Firefox web browsers,  and that you have headphones/mic/speakers so you can hear and contribute to the session.  More information and guidance about using Collaborate Ultra is available here.