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Choosing a WordPress Theme

Choosing a WordPress theme can indeed be like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. There is so much undiscovered potential – fascinating colors, layouts, typography, etc.


Cat Facts, Animated GIFs, and Building Community Online

But what is a community? And what does the content shared in that space tell us about that community? Does the fact that a slack group of 120 people (students + faculty) produced around 5,000 messages over the course of a semester mean that we were “successful” in some way? And finally, how does my role within this community impact my impression of its cohesiveness and sense of shared purpose?


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Peasy Is Now in Public Beta

Educators are increasingly putting open licences on their content, making it legal to copy, redistribute, even remix that content for other purposes. But it’s not always easy to remix that content. With that in mind, I’ve made a few significant updates to Peasy, an open-by-default web publishing platform. These updates make it even easier to get your first website up and running, or to start sharing and remixing things like course websites and open educational resources (OER).


Jess’s Quick Guide to Plugins, Widgets, and Themes

There are thousands and thousands of plugins and themes in the WordPress repository. It can be kind of overwhelming…. Sure, you can filter each of theme by tags or features, but even then the results list can be large. I’ve written down some of the best practices that I follow and have found that work when looking for plugins and themes. But first, what are plugins, widgets and themes?


Annotate This! STEAM and the Future of Higher Education

Why an annotation flash mob in a face-to-face environment? For one, we wanted to provide a supportive environment for faculty to experiment with using the tool together; this design sprint is as much of a tool workshop as it is a chance to continue our exploration of the month’s topic.


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Tools for File Sharing and Collaborative Writing

Email attachments quickly become problematic. Here are a few popular services that can help you manage file sharing and collaborative digital work.


Tools for Collaborative Image, Text, and Audio Annotation

The web and the proliferation of multi-modal and collaborative projects have increased the possibilities for annotation, an age-old practice for taking notes, making observation, and making the practice of interacting with materials more personal. But there are are new kinds of annotation (collaborative, public, audio, video) as well as new materials to annotate.


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Clone This Website! ― Introducing Peasy

Want to build a website but find a blank canvas intimidating? Found a great “open” resource that’s legal, but really difficult, to copy? Have a new Domain of Your Own but don’t know how to get started?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new web app called Peasy (as in “easy peasy”). Peasy is relatively easy-to-install and easy-to-use platform for building simple websites. There is no “back-end” to fuss with, no database to administer, just a simple web site that you can edit live while you’re logged in.

But the aspect of Peasy that I’m most excited about is that it makes it really easy to clone existing web sites.


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Hypothes.is Aggregator ― A WordPress Plugin

I’ve created a WordPress plugin called Hypothes.is Aggregator, which will allow WordPress users ― bloggers, teachers, and students alike ― to collect their own annotations, annotations on a topic of interest, or annotations from/about a class, and present them in a page or post on the WordPress platform. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and (I hope) will be of value to students, scholars, teachers, and writers.