What is Scholar?

Scholar is FerrisConnect's social bookmarking service, customized for education. It provides an exciting new way for students and instructors to find educationally valuable resources on the web. It is integrated with FerrisConnect, which means that as an instructor you can add the Scholar tool to your course. Once you (or your students) have created an account in Scholar, you can log into it directly at scholar.com or through FerrisConnect.

What is Social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a system in which users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. Many social bookmarking systems encourage users to use tags to organize their bookmarks. Tags let you view bookmarks associated with a chosen tag (i.e. instructional technology, wikis), and Scholar, like other social bookmarking services, also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Why use Scholar?

Scholar is a nice option for social bookmarking because it is used by Blackboard users, and therefore tends to be educational by nature. There are other social bookmarking sites (i.e. del.icio.us (who founded tagging), ma.gnolia.com, furl.net, and simpy.com, among others); however, those sites are open to the world.

Scholar allows you to store your links in a location you can access anywhere, anytime. Scholar also allows you to classify your links through the use of tags and to share your links.

How does Scholar work?

SEARCH - Do simple or more advanced searches by tag, discipline, and/or institution. You set the parameters to get exactly what you need.

BROWSE - Check out other users' resources and collections to help in your own courses and studies.

SUBSCRIBE - Choose search terms or a user's collection that is relevant to you and sign up to receive the most recent bookmarks via RSS.

HOW DO I CREATE MY OWN COLLECTIONS? To create your own bookmark collections, you need a Blackboard Scholar® account. Only users of the Blackboard Learning System™ (including former WebCT Vista and CE products) can create an account, and you do so through your FerrisConnect course or by clicking the Scholar tab within FerrisConnect.

What else can I do with an account?

Not only can you continue to SEARCH and BROWSE resources, but once you have an account, you can also:

  • FIND your own relevant, reliable resources to build your collection.
  • SAVE & TAG your resources with the classifications that work for you.
  • IMPORT resources from your browsers or other social bookmarking services.
  • SHARE your collection with other scholars.

Last modified: 9/16/2011