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Bookmarklets: Auto form filling and more

Bookmarklets are small applications which can be saved in your web browser as … well ‘bookmarks’, which then let you use one-click automation of a wide variety of tasks from sending links, manipulating font-size, looking up related information. JISC TechDis even have a collection of web accessibility tools as part of their JISC TechDis Toolbar bookmarklet.

drag this link into your browser's bookmark area (in Firefox/Chrome), or right-click the link and add it to your favourites (IE)

A good starting point to find out about other bookmarklets is 100 Best Bookmarklets for Writers, Researchers, and Students.

The video below demonstrates how I used Benjamin Keen’s Bookmarklet Generator to create my own YouTube Form Filler covered in the post Using YouTube for audio/video feedback for students.

Bookmarklet GeneratorHere is the link I use in the video to add the Bookmarklet Generator to your browser:

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Do you use bookmarklets? Any favourites you would like to share.

21st centrury lecturer - more admin than teaching

“Dealing with 100-250 emails a week, spending over half your time on administration, coping with rising seminar and lecture sizes, but spending less time with students.” UCU 2008

These are the findings of a recent UCU survey of 321 higher education lecturers. The headline figures are:

  • more than half of lecturers (53.9%) say they spend most of their working week dealing with administration
  • over half of lecturers (53.6%) spend at least 15 hours a week on administration with a quarter (27.4%) devoting more than 25 hours of their working week to the task
  • more than a quarter (28.7%) said they deal with over 250 emails a week and those with 250 or more emails a week said they did just 0-5 hours of research a week, 5-15 hours of teaching, but 25 hours or more of administration
  • over two thirds (71%) reported increases in class sizes at their institution in the last 10 years, but only a quarter (23.4%) said they now spend more time with students than they did a decade ago
  • of the 71% who reported growing class sizes, nearly half (44%) said they were spending less time with students.

More information on these figures is available in this UCU news briefing.


This blog is authored by Martin Hawksey e-Learning Advisor (Higher Education) at the JISC RSC Scotland N&E.

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