I heard this remark the other day on some video that I can’t remember: “trading your skills for money in the market” Essentially, that is why we work. It sounds so crass. We try to avoid recognizing the brute brutality of what we do for our survival. As an undergraduate, I did not want to… Continue reading Skills, money, & the marketplace
Inspired by Linda Nilson’s excellent book Specifications Grading, I’m implementing several new ideas in my Fall term course. One of those is an ungraded start-of-course knowledge survey. In many ways, this assignment is a metacognitive task that helps instills thinking about the course in the students’ minds at the beginning of the course. I’m cautioning… Continue reading Start-of-course knowledge survey
The no code movement views technological advances in software and artificial intelligence (AI) as opportunities for promoting user-friendly interfaces as alternatives for hand-coded programming. That sounds great! Well designed tools allow people to focus on getting things done with software rather than being concerned with the details of coding. But what if the tool is… Continue reading The No Code Movement
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… Continue reading Actionable Steps from Small Teaching Online
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… Continue reading What is GitHub?
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… Continue reading The Collapse of Higher Education
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… Continue reading Divi: Hide Social Media Icons in Footer
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… Continue reading Divi: hiding the logo