The links this week include MOOC news, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and flipped classroom tips from a biology professor. Enjoy!
“Have you ever forgotten your password?” password manager 1Password’s website asks. “Why yes,” you say, because of course the answer is yes — if you’ve ever changed a password, had multiple passwords like a good citizen concerned about security, or, really, used a computer in the past 10 years — you’ve probably forgotten a password at some point. Well, 1Password promises to help you out with that. I decided to give it a try due to John’s post about passwords, and Evan’s comment recommending 1Password, and it did indeed help me out.
We’ve been hanging out quite a bit recently in the School of Education. Google Hangout enables users to conduct free Web-based video calls for up to ten participants. Hangout is a feature of Google+ (the Google version of Facebook). All William & Mary students have access to Google+ and Google Hangout through their free WMApps accounts.
On May 6th, Adobe announced at a major trade conference that it would no longer continue to develop the Adobe Creative Suite of software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc.). Adobe’s future versions of these applications will be developed and offered ONLY through a membership (subscription) basis under the Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC), although end-users can for an undefined amount of time continue to purchase “traditional” copies of its CS6 products. While this change in policy was not completely unexpected, the suddenness and finality of the implementation plan, as well as the rapid and overwhelmingly negative reception (often caustic) by end-users seems to have caught many by surprise.
I realized the other day that I’ve been a contributor and the editor for this blog for over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot about writing for the Web in that time. Since I know that many faculty who end up having students do blogging assignments haven’t blogged regularly themselves, I thought I’d put together some of the things I’ve learned in my time blogging for this site. This post is about how to think through using images in WordPress sites and blogs.
It’s interesting where inspiration comes from sometimes. This last semester I took a graduate class at the School of Education called The Academic Life. Unlike the articles we read on e-learning, which were largely descriptive, one article in particular grabbed my imagination unexpectedly: Robbin Zeff’s “Universal Design Across the Curriculum” (New Directions for Higher Education, no. 137, Spring 2007).