Managing my teaching and research workflow

A colleague recently asked me about tools I use for managing my teaching and research workflow. The tasks or concepts in bold indicate what she is looking for:

  • Bibliography management: I use Zotero extensively for managing my citations, particularly since it has built-in tools for working with word processing programs
  • Alerts on research related to my current study: I don’t have very good tools for this yet, but I am hoping that will be useful for this.
  • Bookmarking pages: Because I’ve started to keep everything using Evernote, I tend use Evernote for bookmarking pages, although Diigo has better tools for highlighting and annotating. The problem with Evernote is that it is a bit unwieldy as a simple bookmark manager. Also, if the webpages are clearly related to my academic research, I simply save them in Zotero which, like Evernote and Diigo, can cache copies of the page.
  • eReading and highlighting: I do all my PDF annotations on a tablet. I use Goodreader, which has a built-in sync manager for cloud storage, for annotating and highlighting PDF files. So I sync all my Zotero PDFs using a cloud storage provider, SugarSync, and then use Goodreader for annotating my files. As long as you have a PDF annotator installed (such as Nitro Reader), Zotero manages your annotated PDFs well and provides annotation tools for cached HTML webpages.
  • Direct links to a learner’s blog: If I am teaching an online course, I make learners list down their blog in a centralize location, for instance in a Moodle wiki (since we use Moodle as the primary learning environment at the university).
  • Something to proofread my summaries or paragraphs so I am not in danger of plagiarizing: I don’t use one, but maybe I should!
  • Links to Google doc files where I do my writing, rewriting: I would just navigate to Google Docs, and create folder hierarchies there. In general, I use a project management system to organize my life, using the Getting Things Done system. So if i need to work on a doc, I note down the URL and put it on my to-do list.

But it seems that what my colleague is looking for is a central place where she could do all of this. In this case, what I would do is come up with a microsite intended for myself, using WordPress, Blogger, or Google Sites, and add links to all these resources and tools.

One Response to “Managing my teaching and research workflow”

  1. aLeTa says:

    I have tried Zotero (thanks to Diego) and now learning Mendeley. The microsite you suggested here seems to be the way to go! Salamat ;)

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