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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Making Sense of Blog Post Content Data? My Own Spanner Found in the Bottom of the Toolbox

For the obviously obvious statement, WordPress is built on a database. The question is, besides data like visitor counts, what can you infer from the data in the posts and metadata itself? The question was swirling in preparation for a research interview I did today with David Porter and Valerie Lopes for the Ontario Extend project. My cartoon lightbulb went on over my head, thinking about that we have a blog syndication hub set up, and because of the way […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Ideating for July’s @ontarioextend Domain Camp

It’s way late in the day before a long weekend, but just to jog some notes down to pick up next week. Besides spawning an Ontario Extend Daily Extend challenge for July I have more plans for the month. Participants in the first cohort training were set up with web domains with Reclaim Hosting sponsored by the project. It was a lot of things covered in the face to face sessions, and we just barely got into the essentials of […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, News, West Cohort

Sunday! Sunday! Sergeant Hulka on Duty for the @OntarioExtend Daily Extend 31 Day Challenge

He talks tough, but he just wants you to be creative and join a challenge to do all 31 Daily Extends in July. Are you ready for the @ontarioextend Daily Extend July Challenge? Are you tough enough to go 31 for 31? Stay tuned, Sergeant Hulka is preparing for you! pic.twitter.com/XXTQOj4BkI — Alan Levine ? (@cogdog) June 22, 2018 Don’t let him scare you. He just wants you and maybe a few more people to join in and and extend […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Unmasking the Masking Used for an @ontarioextend Daily Extend

A core of the ethos from my years participating and teaching ds106 is the importance of not only creating media, but sharing the behind the scenes “how”. Typically the idea of doing a DS106 Daily Create or an Daily Digital Extend is to do it quickly. One aspect I always enjoy about the daily _____ concept is the various ways people find to achieve a response. So a bit of unmasking here, just for the sake of it. The Ontario […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

The Indispensable Feed Reader Now an @Ontarioextend Curator Module Activity

Call me a web old fogey, I don’t care. I cannot blog enough about the value of using an RSS Reader for tracking a set of blogs, web site sources that are important to your work. I just added this as a new Ontario Extend Activity Bank item — This Indispensable Digital Research Tool, We can Say, Without Lying, Saves Time as an activity for the Curator Module. Admittedly it’s a rewrite of a blog post form a year ago […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Inserting Images When You Cannot Upload Them

I’m a big proponent of using images with my online writing, all of my blog posts start with an image before I even write. But sometimes you do not have access to upload images, but with a little bit of know how you can sometimes insert them. This happened just today to Danny, a participant in Ontario Extend who had posted his response to the Collaborative Dining Activity. The editor does have an insert image button but it does not […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Alt-ing Images: Describing Tweeted Photos

Twitter recently enabled features to add descriptions to uploaded images, a huge boon for accessibility. That’s a feature, how do you make it a habit? Well, by doing it. I’ve been trying most of the time. Alt text provides additional information to the HTML created when images are embedded in web pages. The primary purpose is for increasing accessibility for visually impaired people traveling the web; screen reader software will use it to describe images they cannot see. This video […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extended Lunches, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

All Toppings for @OntarioExtend Extended Lunch Today

While nervously planning my first major event at the Maricopa Community Colleges as a young instructional technologist my stomach was a mess. My mentor, Vice Chancellor Alfredo de los Santos, assured me that all I needed to do was to get people in the room and something worthwhile to do. Like many of Alfredo’s sayings, that one has held true. Today was the third weekly online gathering (via Zoom) for the Extended Lunch sessions I’ve been hosting for the eCampus […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

More Than Archiving, Organizing Your Shared Stuff Begins at Home

The practice of archiving or reclaiming the “stuff” one does on the web is mostly framed on the preservation of our stuff, after sharing it into some site one does not own nor manage, chosen because it was easiest. Easy has a price. We saw that in a short time span earlier this year when Storify bit the dust and weeks later, Wikispaces did the same. Yet the typical response is finding another third party provider. The thing that Occam […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Conversation with David Porter about the @OntarioExtend Scholar Module

I don’t know about you but the word “scholar” in terms of my teaching comes across with a heap of connotations, many of which have me thinking “I’m not a scholar.” The Ontario Extend Scholar Module aims to break this down into an approach that is less about “being a scholar” into one aimed at what most of want to be doing- teach better: This module examines how you can use your classroom and your courses as a research lab […]

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