If you don’t already understand the markup language known as HTML, there’s not necessarily a compelling reason for you to learn. However, if you’d like a better idea of how web pages work, then it’s worth taking some time to understand the underlying concepts. In today’s post, and the ones that follow in this series, I’m going to introduce the basics of how to create HTML documents.
One thing that kept me from declaring Amara the perfect online tool for captioning web-hosted videos is the somewhat involved (but admittedly still pretty easy) process of downloading the captions from the Amara server and then uploading them to, say, your YouTube account where your videos are hosted. Something as mechanical and repetitive as this ought to be automated in some way.
I gave a presentation at a recent conference in which I did not use presentation software to advance from one slide to the next but instead demonstrated a few things about setting up and using WordPress for teaching and learning. There was no podium, so I couldn’t just stand in front of my computer and use the keyboard and mouse. Instead, I put my laptop (hooked up to the projector) on a nearby table and used an app on my iPhone to control the computer. After my presentation, a few people came up to me to ask what I was using, and I thought it might be a good idea to share the answer in a ProfHacker post.
As Heather wrote last month, Google has canceled the “appointment slot” feature of Google Calendar, which was a much-loved and easy-to-use way for professors to allow students to sign up for meetings with their instructors.
There are other options, of course, but since many of us use GCal already, the demise of the appointment slot feature has been lamented by many. Heather wrote that she plans on using ScheduleOnce, and if that service suits her needs we can probably look forward to an informative post about how best to use it.
This is our last post for 2012. ProfHacker is taking our annual publishing break for the holidays, but we’ll be back in just a few weeks.
We’ll return to a light publishing schedule during the first full week of January and then our regular publishing schedule after that.
On to this week’s links…
“Utopian for Beginners,” by Joshua Foer: “Natural languages are adequate, but that doesn’t mean they’re optimal,” John Quijada, a fifty-four-year-old former employee of the California State Department of Motor Vehicles, told me. In 2004, he published a monograph on the Internet that was titled “Ithkuil: A Philosophical Design for a Hypothetical Language.” Written like a linguistics textbook, the fourteen-page Web site ran to almost a hundred and sixty thousand words. It documented the grammar, syntax, and lexicon of a language that Quijada had spent three decades…
From the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University comes this announcement of an event this afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm Eastern time, featuring ProfHacker’s own Adeline Koh:
Please join us for an event on MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and play in education with Pete Rorabaugh (English, Georgia State University; @allistelling) and Jesse Stommel (English & Digital Humanities, Marylhurst University; @jessifer), editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy. Adeline Koh (Literature, Richard Stockton College & 2012-13 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow) will moderate.
We’ll be livestreaming the event on the FHI Youtube channel, and everyone is encouraged to watch and take part via the Twitterstream: hashtag #dukehp.
I have a sincere question about LinkedIn, the professional social networking site. Do any of you ProfHacker readers find it to be useful? If so, how? (Okay, that’s two questions…) In her post titled “Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics,” Miriam Posner recommends creating a LinkedIn account (and also mentions Academia.edu). What’s been your experience?
I ask because the only time I log in is when someone requests a connection with me. Other than that, I don’t seem to have a reason to use it. Now I understand that it might be useful when advertising a new job on your campus, but I’d like to hear about any examples of how people have taken advantage of LinkedIn’s features in an academic professional context.
For that matter, do you recommend to your students that they sign up for an account? Why or why not? Please share in the comments!
At least two trends in higher education and publishing are working together to make electronic textbooks more (potentially) attractive. First, the cost of a college degree has risen significantly over the last generation, and textbook prices have become a substantial percentage of that cost. Electronic textbooks hold out the promise of savings (although whether that promise …
Here’s the thing, though: I am much more comfortable (both ergonomically and psychologically) with a printed essay on the table in front of me and a pen in my hand. It’s much faster (for me), and it is much less taxing (for me). I realize that it might sound ridiculous to describe reading and responding to student essays as “taxing,” but here we are. When it comes …
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