Author: jeff

Learn JavaScript by Backwards Design

The focus on learning syntax of a programming language is one of my fundamental problems with the method that programming is often taught. I’m going to talk about an approach that works backwards from the desired result. This approach describes how to structure a course based not on the content you want to cover but […]

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Actionable Steps from Small Teaching Online

Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby and James Lang provides very specific suggestions for improving your online course. As an aid in revising my own course, I’m outlining the points that really hit a note with me. But I highly recommend the book to anyone teaching an online course. “Every student arrives at a different […]

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What is GitHub?

GitHub has become a key tool in not only my web development process but also in my life and work. You definitely don’t need GitHub in order to create web sites, but it can really help you stay organized and productive. GitHub, as the name suggests, is based on what was once a little-known set […]

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How to Write Comments in JavaScript

All programming languages have the capability for the programmer to add comments into the code. Comments, unlike the other parts of the code, are intended for humans. Writing good comments are an important part of coding. Comments provide notes on what the code is doing. Some professional programmers will say that good programming does not […]

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The Collapse of Higher Education

Changes have been coming for higher education for some decades. It’s naive to think that higher ed in the mid-21st century will be the same as the late 20th century. The coronavirus pandemic marks the end of the 20th century and that way of thinking about the world. We now have students entering college who […]

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Divi: Hide Social Media Icons in Footer

In the footer of the Divi theme, a set of social media icons appear: You’ll want to turn these off if you’re not using. Or, you can add in your social media information for the ones you’re using them. In the theme customizer, select the Footer. Then in the submenu that appears after that, select […]

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Divi: hiding the logo

By default the Divi theme includes its own logo in the top left corner of the page as you scroll down. There are two places in the customizing themes section where you want to change the setting for hiding the logo. Go to the WP Dashboard for your site. Hover over the Divi menu option […]

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Father and Daughter, heartbreakingly beautiful

No words, just 9 minutes of imagery and sound. The story is complete in the 2001 Oscar-winning short animated film Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok de Wit.

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Task list for initial prototype implementation

#4 in a series What do you need to do? The prototype shows you what you need to do. You then need to convert that into a list of tasks that you need to accomplish. You can write the list as any kind of document. Don’t get stuck on figuring out the most fantastic task […]

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Prototyping a website on zoonotic diseases

(#3 in a series) One aspect that I personally value in web development is creativity. A site that takes an uncommon approach stands out. Of course, a lot depends upon what your client wants and what your users expect. For this type of site, though, we can be a bit experimental. Consider the limitations of […]

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