If you have ever tried to get all of your students to the same set of websites at the same time, you know that just a couple of mistyped characters can create a frustrating experience. One solution is to post all of the links on your course blog. Another solution is to use a link bundling service that will group all of your links together into one package. Then instead of sending out a bunch of individual links you can just send one link that will open all of the bundled links for your students. Here are three services that you can use for just that purpose.
Bundlenut is a
simple service for organizing a set of links and sharing them with
others. To use the service just visit Bundlenut and start entering the
links that you want to include in your bundle. You can include comments
about each of the links. When you have added all of links that you want
to include in your bundle, Bundlenut will assign a unique url to your
bundle. Anyone with access to that url will be able to see all of your
links and comments about those links. You can use the service with or without registering. The advantage of
registration is that you can go back and modify your bundle whenever you
would like to.
LinkBunch is a free
service that you can use to quickly send a group of links to your
friends, colleagues, and students. To use the service just visit
LinkBunch, enter the links that you want to share, and click "Bunch."
When you click on "Bunch" you will be given a URL to share with anyone
you want to see the links in your bunch. When someone clicks on the URL
for your Bunch he or she will be able to open the links you bunched
Bitly is one URL
shortener that I have been using for years. It's simple to use,
especially if you use the bookmarklet, allows you to customize URLs, and
it offers good statistics about the use of your links. Bitly offers an option for bundling bookmarks into one package that you can share with just one link. Bitly bundles can be created collaboratively if you invite other Bitly users to bundle links with you.