Janene McMahan

Building blocks

UAF eCampus Registration page(s): what needs to change? A person should not have to choose “number of courses. … How many classes? I plan on taking _one semester-based course_ … two, three, four. A person should not have to  “If you change your mind, use the back button and select …

A few mobile links for WordPress

How do you make your WordPress site mobile friendly? Earlier today I spent a little bit of time downloading and testing a WordPress plugin designed to detect mobile devices and switch the view of your WordPress site to accommodate whatever tool the user was using (within reason). [Mobile detection plug …

English is so tricky!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few amazing instructors over the past year. Carl Strange teaches Latin 101 and 102. He writes the best announcements to encourage his students, tell them what’s coming up, and keep them interested in learning more. I’m excerpting part of last week’s announcement, …

Tweeting about education

Taking a cue from Design Team Manager, Chris Lott, I’m listing some of my favorite tweets on education. He posts monthly – I just don’t tweet anywhere near that much! Here are the first and second quarters of 2012. Look for me on Twitter @alaska_knits … I removed all knitting …

Top 10 Blogs for Educators

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-10-technology-blogs-for-education.html lists the top ten blogs for education. Many of the folk who read my blog (Design Team members) will be familiar with all ten of these blogs. However, this post is for the folk who stumble across my blog. If you’re looking for good ideas, sometimes the best thing …

What inspires me

I asked each of my students to create a blog and in one of their blog posts I asked them to answer the following: “In your recent (past year-18 months) Internet use, the website that most influenced you to begin writing online (url). One to two sentences on how this site …

CITS F222

Why create another blog when you have so many? I will most likely use this blog for something in the future. I love the idea of having it. I wish I also had alaskaknits.wordpress.com – alas, someone else scooped that one up. One reason for creating this blog today (I …

The beauty of a thing

Is often in its simplicity. Years ago I loved reading comic books. I am a Marvel fan. However, I came across a DC comic that had a character by the name of “Valda” in it. “Hey, that’s me!” I’m no warrior–unless you count dealing with cold temperatures without an auto-start.

More on passive voice

I’ve often been a naysayer. I choose to excise passive in almost every case. However, it could be because I’ve been led down the wrong path. Alas! http://chronicle.com/article/50-Years-of-Stupid-Grammar/25497 I’ve known for years that I need to spruce up my grammar. I’ve held stubbornly to the concept that passive is harder …

Mendeley and more

At the Center for Distance Education, we have a reading group. We use Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com) to corral materials. Even the proudest designer or highest ranking techie needs a how-to. These are my notes because I was so tech-whelmed last week, I did not get into Mendeley to tell staff what …

A collection of all good things

30+ Open Wikis every educator should know about http://edudemic.com/2011/12/open-wikis/ : I spend 10-20 minutes each morning with Zite on my iPad. One of the topics I have collected via RSS feeds is on education. Open resources Huge list of links to open resources for educators. It must be a list …