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The OERu has a book marking tool [1] which is used as a resource bank in many of our courses. The purpose of a resource bank is to share links to credible resources you have found valuable.

This page looks at:

An example use of OERu bookmarks

Take a look at an example bookmarking exercise used in LiDA101.

This is a typical type of exercise you would need to complete.

It involves:

  • Searching for and selecting resources
  • Recording, annotating and tagging your bookmarks
  • Exploring the bookmarks created by other learners.

Creating an account

Before you can use bookmarks you need to create an account.

  1. Go to https://bookmarks.oeru.org/ .
  2. Click on “Register” on the top menu.
  3. Fill in the registration form.
  4. Answer the antispam question.
  5. Click the “Register”button.

How to login

Here’s how you login to bookmarks.

  1. Go to https://bookmarks.oeru.org/ .
  2. Click on “Login” on the top menu.
  3. Enter the username and password you chose when you registered.
  4. If you wish to, click the option to “Don’t ask for my password for 2 weeks”.
  5. Click the “login” button.

Forgotten password

If you have forgotten the password you used, this is how you recover it.

  1. Go to https://bookmarks.oeru.org/ .
  2. Click on “Login” on the top menu.
  3. Click the “Forgotten your password?” link,
  4. Enter your username and email.
  5. Click the “Generate” button.
  6. A new password will be emailed to you. (Check your spam folder if you don’t receive the email.)

Adding a bookmark

This is how you add a bookmark to the OERu Bookmarks repository:

  1. Go to bookmarks.oeru.org and login.
  2. In a separate tab, search the web to find a useful resource as directed in your course.
  3. On the bookmarks page click the “Add” link.
  4. Fill in the details of the web resource you found.
    • You can copy and past the Address (URL) and the Title.
    • In the Description add any details required for the course activity, or describe why this resource is useful.
    • The “Add Note” link enables you to add a note that only you will see.
    • Add the tags requested by the course activity and/or add the course code as a tag. You can add other tags that will help you and others find the resource.
    • Decide whether the bookmark is public or private. Obviously for a course activity the bookmark needs to be public, but you can also add private bookmarks which only you can see.
  5. Click “Add Bookmark”.

Searching bookmarks

After you login there are a number of different ways to search:

  1. Put a search term directly into the search field – for course searches, select “all bookmarks” from the pull down option.
    • Note that you can search just within your own personal bookmarks or all bookmarks.
    • Searching for your Course code, e.g. LiDA101 will find all the bookmarks for your course.
  2. Click on the “Popular Tags” link.
    • You can sort alphabetically for by popularity.
    • Click on the tag you are interested in to see the bookmarks for that tag.
  3. Click on the “All Users” link to see a list of users.
    • Click on the “Bookmarks” link by their name to see their public bookmarks.

Further instructions

This page has covered the basics for using OERu Bookmarks. If you want to know more there is a PDF User Guide you can download.


  1. For those interested it uses software called SemanticScuttle