It's depressing and deeply embarrassing when I realize how little attention I've paid to accessibility in designing websites, including for courses. The guidelines aren't hard to follow(except captioning for videos, which is time consuming) & can make a world of difference. I don't know why I haven't done it before.
But at least I am coming to this, slowly. It's becoming part of my workflow. Fixing old stuff will take longer.
@Sargoth Wait--what final dot? Do you mean at the end of a sentence, or something else? If the former, I do it only if I'm out of characters.
Ha...just noticed you left out the final dot in the sentences. So you already answered my question. And apparently I've gotten so used to that happening on birdsite I didn't notice it at first!
@xldrkp I know there has been some discussion in the community about the platform but I haven't been part of that discussion yet. I know that the ability to both live stream and record is important, along with being easy to set up and use. And free--we are a bunch of volunteers. Jitsi looks possibly promising, but perhaps a bit complicated for a newbie to set up? Seems like a lot of tools & I don't know which to use.
As I am designing lessons for next year's curriculum, I am reminded of this thing that I say often during testing season.
If you can use the internet to cheat on my test, it's my fault for making a low quality test.
@xldrkp Hi! I'm going to be connecting virtually with this conference tomorrow at 5:45 Hamburg time! See here: http://virtuallyconnecting.org/blog/2017/05/22/we-are-vconnecting-from-oercamp17-on-jun-23-24/
Today and tomorrow the #OER community will meet in the north of Germany to join/give sessions and workshops on various topics.
The event will be in German, please find more information on the website http://www.oercamp.de/17/nord/workshops/
Do you follow researchers, academics, students, experts, traditional knowledge holders, and others you rely on for insights about specific topics? I would love to find and follow them also! Please share folks to follow with the tag #ScholarSunday and say what knowledge, wisdom, or expertise you follow them for.
(From the idea by Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega, but I'd like to expand it to non-institutional, broader forms of 'scholarship' and expertise beyond just academic.)
The more I interact with people on https://scholar.social/ the more I enjoy the culture that's forming here.
I know as it grows it will change. Some will drift away and it will probably reach a size at some point where we won't know everyone who's active.
That said, if we keep being nice and helpful to each other, it'll only get better. I like that.
@Enkerli I've looked at Speaker Deck but the problem is that you can only upload & download in PDF and I'd like to share in editable format so others can revise & reuse if they wish. Slides.com is an interesting option that I've also started looking into. Can edit with markdown, right?
@Enkerli Good point about what it means if those already labeled as "good" students are enjoying and doing well in the course but not others. But I don't know how to try to expand the reach b/c if it works for others then it may not work for the first group, etc. Possible to reach different groups?
@Sargoth and to have the permission to write what you want where, trying to somehow be different in different places and those who want to see one part can focus on that. Or all of it if they want to take the time.
I tried this before and had one birdsite acct for my classes and one for just me. But as a faculty member I didn't see the need to compartmentalize like that. As almost admin now I feel the need for a more professional persona in one acct & can play in the other.
@Enkerli You got it! I seem never to be able to rest but always think my courses need improvement. And each time I think: ok, now this time it's going to be great. And it is, mostly, but just not quite enough. And when I look back five years or so I think--huh, why did I think *that* was a good idea at the time? 🙂
@theartguy I agree that that probably means they're working. Right now for me my two accounts are pretty similar. The one one Mastodon.social was my first and I talk to a lot of people working in education over there. This one has a similar purpose though I'm trying to shape it into more of a professional account where I don't talk quite as much about my everyday life and my cats and such as over there. We'll see if it works.