Well, it's worth a try...anyone know any other linguists on here? #introductions
A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that #Mastodon is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.
Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.
Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.
#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.
#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄
(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)
New guide on universal design for learning in higher education, from the Taylor Institute if Teaching & Learning at University of Calgary https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/guides/universal-design-learning-higher-education
This is a a really helpful guide for #accessibility in higher ed!
I have recently learned about Scholarly Hub, a membership-driven hub for sharing research and teaching, connecting with others, housing pre-prints, and more. Seems like something like Academia.edu but not for profit and that doesn't sell your data. Check it out: https://www.scholarlyhub.org/
Maybe kind of like a co-op for scholars?
This is great news! BCcampus (a provincial organization working on higher ed issues in British Columbia, Canada) is piloting an #accessibility tool to help faculty and staff check materials they put on their course websites: https://bccampus.ca/2018/06/26/automating-accessibility-a-bccampus-sandbox-pilot-project/
Request for federated blog software rec's Show more
So is there some good federated blogging software yet?
I'm starting a new blog, content for the next few months is lined up
I was gonna do a standard self-hosted Wordpress install, but I'm feeling frisky and want to try something different
Cheaper textbooks and better access for higher ed students with OpenStax https://opensource.com/article/18/6/openstax-open-textbook
I want to love the fediverse, but I'm still looking for the place where open-source techies hang out. As always, the hard part with federated systems is discovery, though https://fediverse.network/ does help quite a bit.
I ported over all Medium posts to the new blog! https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/06/if-you-could-edit-tweets/
I know I still need to add sharing buttons below the content but I'm tired. It should look fine on mobile now, too
Are you happy with your data, and your users' data, being exploited by third parties for commercial purposes such as shadow profiling?
@gingerrroot I couldn't agree more. The main downtown library branch where I live literally hired social workers to do outreach with the homeless population in the building. Nothing pushy, but just being there to help if people wanted to reach out. It was controversial, because that's not the job of the library and it obviously meant gov't and other agencies were failing to provide a needed service, but it seemed to help people. I'm not sure if they still do it, though.
libraries are such an important space
not only for free information, but especially for at risk populations and homeless populations
they offer free or very cheap internet access (which allows for finding resoucres, job applications, etc), free access to information, bathrooms, often places have refreshments for relatively cheap as well, etc. etc.
wanting to make public libraries obsolete is classist and just an incorrect viewpoint tbh
If I unfollowed you today on one or another of my accounts it’s just because I was seeing too many repeats on my various timelines and it was getting kinda annoying to scroll through to find the stuff I hadn’t already read on the TL of my other account. So I’m trying to follow people from one account instead of several. Since I read TLs of each frequently I should still see everyone’s toots!
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