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Dennis' Blogatorium

East Cohort, Extender Blogs

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Accessible Markdown Pad (a.k.a. YodaPad) I’ll just throw this out there: I hate Microsoft Word. Not just because of Clippy, that universally loathed faux-magnon precursor of Cortana, but because Word’s primary functionality is so compromised by commercial choices that the enterprise isn’t worth its parts. Ever tried to adjust initial pagination on a document with...

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs

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Communication and its Discontents At Fleming College, we’re trying to bring Communications learning into the 21st century. That means using good research to define appropriate goals and using communication technology to help achieve those goals. Our courses focus on iterative writing, low-stakes formative writing, process and product portfolios, multi-modal textuality, authentic assessment, collaborative composition, and...

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs

Here and Back Again

This is my Island of Doctor Moreauvian programming creations and miscellaneous edu tech musings. Some of the purpose-built stuff I’ve written over the last 20 years has become essential for my day-to-day teaching, so I’ve begun slowly porting it from VB6 to C#, my new programming language. The target audience is teachers, I suppose, but...

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

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Accessible Markdown Pad (a.k.a. YodaPad) I’ll just throw this out there: I hate Microsoft Word. Not just because of Clippy, that universally loathed faux-magnon precursor of Cortana, but because Word’s primary functionality is so compromised by commercial choices that the enterprise isn’t worth its parts. Ever tried to adjust initial pagination on a document with running headers? Delete a blank page that inexplicably pops below a table? Write multiple-choice tests that use indented or irregularly-spaced elements? Bolded a word, deleted […]

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