Excellent article by a colleague at my university, on the importance of kindness and compassion in our classes. So many students dealing with so many difficulties. https://thewalrus.ca/demanding-kinder-classrooms-doesnt-make-you-a-snowflake/
Today I learned a little about h5p: https://h5p.org/
Sounds intriguing from educational perspective (I teach at a university). Anyone have any thoughts on it?
that idea for a thing you'd like to write?
write a short, non-binding, no fucks given, just keep going version of it
then toss it away, but keep what you've learnt from the experience
or keep it, if it turns out to be good
win-win this bugger
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@theartguy Oh no, I'm sorry to hear this is bringing up previous trauma but it makes complete sense that it would. And I get the feeling that it shouldn't be about you but given your history how can it not be? From my perspective it seems okay to be upset here and worried. The former for you (understandably) and the latter for your friend and his wife. And then, I hope, relieved when things turn out okay.
Went camping for four days and wasn't sure there would be internet access. There was (via phone data) but I consciously chose not to use it. Four days without email, news, or anything else internet based was pretty lovely. Just my family and the forest and the ocean. Good break.
But catching back up on emails is not nearly as easy as I'd hoped it would be.
Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: https://opensource.com/article/17/6/open-source-friday-give-back
A good initiative as I think. And it could be adopted for the educational context as well: Teachers could remind students every week to contribute to the net as they build their knowledge on the open web every day. They could file an issue on GitHub or add to Wikipedia or write a blogpost. Many opportunities exist.
Looking for suggestions:
What is a good tool to check websites for accessibility? Ideally something free and very easy to use for those who don't understand code much. And something that not only points out what's wrong but gives suggestions on how to fix it (if that exists).
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.
@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/