Spring 2016 Courses Available

Courses for Spring 2016 are now available to instructors in Moodle. Please feel free to begin adding materials and getting them ready for the spring. If you have questions as you work, please feel free to contact Instructional Technology and/or check out our documentation.

Courses are hidden from students by default when they are created. When you are ready you will need/want to show the course to students.

To do so:
  1. Open your course in Moodle. 
  2. Click Edit settings from within the Settings block. 
  3. Select “Show” in the Visible drop-down menu located in the General (top) section. 
  4. Save Changes at the bottom of the page.


Update: Hashtag ToDo

UPDATE: After using this tool for almost a month, I am back to using Google Tasks. The thing that I found was that I have tasks that I want to list, but that are not urgent for a particular day. This meant that I had a long list of tasks in the 'all-day' event section of my calendar which pushed the rest of the calendar down on the page. While I could mark something as done, doing so did not remove it from the calendar.

I recently came upon a tool that allows me to use my Google Calendar as a To-do list, called HashtagToDo (#todo). I have been using it for a couple of weeks now. You can see how it works with your calendar here. So far I like it. It is nice to be able to put to-dos directly into my calendar. I really like that any tasks that I don't complete are automatically moved to the next day. I actually made a separate "to-do" calendar so that 1) I could make it a different color from my regular calendar, and 2) so that I could hide it if I want. This also allows me to not share all my to-dos with anyone that has access to my regular calendar.

This tool is very easy to set up and use.

  • To connect the tool to your calendar, just sign up with your Google account. The settings allow you to determine which calendars work with HashtagTodo.
  • To create a To-do just add "#todo" (without the quotes) to any calendar item. This will create a check box for the item. Once the to-do has been completed you can add an 'x' in the check box to mark it as complete. That's it!

As far as any minuses...
I previously used Google Tasks and enjoyed the ease with which I could move an email to Tasks. Any time I want to do that now I have to do manually (copy/paste the email URL into the event description). This isn't, however, enough to keep me from using HashtagTodo. One thing that might be a nice feature to add is making completed tasks fade out like past events. I think that that would be an easier visual cue that something is completed versus looking for the 'x'.



170,000 images from Depression Era America: Yale Photogrammar

Yale has released 170,000 images of Depression era America. The tool, Photogrammar is a visually pleasing and easy-to-use interface for searching through the database of images. Click the link below to check it out.