Monday, May 7, 2007

Introducing - Keith



Hi, I am Keith and I work with faculty to create online courses. I have four degrees from four different institutions but don't hold that against me. I have been at TWU since November 2006 but I have worked with students and technology far longer than that. I was the Director of the Texas Center for Educational Technology at UNT before coming to TWU. I worked there for almost 8 years before taking this position.

Since I work with faculty to develop online courses, I have a lot of favorite web tools. Here are some that I also think are helpful for students. Be sure and read the fine print carefully on most of the sites so you know what the terms and conditions happen to be for a particular site.

http://www.bookfinder.com/ allows you to search multiple sites for textbooks and compare prices
http://www.mynoteit.com/ is an organizational tool just for university students. It allows you to create online class groups, to share and search your class notes, to use an online calendar to plan your assignments, and create a task list.
http://ottobib.com/ allows you to create reference sections by inserting the ISBN number and getting the citation style you need.
http://zoho.com/ provides access to Writer, Sheet, Show, Wiki, Projects, Planner, and Chat. All of these products are designed to make it easier to share documents.
http://del.icio.us/ a social bookmarking site that allows you to have all of your bookmarks in one location and to share them with others.
http://www.pdfonline.com/ create PDFs online
https://www.coventi.com/main.aspx is another tool used to share documents using a wiki style format

OK, that's enough for now. All you need to do is learn to use google to locate all kinds of free tools that may make your life easier.

You might not know that I am a hardcore "roadie" - no, I don't work for a band! I ride road bicycles like you might see in the Tour (you know, the one over in France). I am one of those fools you see riding in bright colored clothing around town or along the highway. I have a Trek 5500 with a Dura Ace groupo that I love. If you see bikers along the road, look for a graphite Trek and a red helmet. Give me plenty of room - please. Anytime a bike and a car meets - the car always wins and the cyclist always loses.

Happy riding,
Keith