Saturday, November 03, 2012 @ 11:21 AM
Good morning, or should we type afternoon? We started the day out a little gloomy because Rich had left for an overnight fishing trip, and Linda had gone with her husband to a coin trade show for the day. I’m thinking hmmm. No one is going to be around to talk to, but then we pushed ourselves over to this other happy space, where we’re thinking it does leave a perfectly uninterrupted day to be typing or otherwise on the computer. That’s the really nice part that got us smiling.
Yesterday, we had not written a very good entry because of all the little stumbling blocks that appeared through our writing period of 5-6 hours. But, today shouldn’t be so bad. We’d like to start off then with where we left off yesterday. We had just posted a couple of pictures of our new LMS (learning management system). We thought if you need to go back and reference that – no problem, they are on the bottom of the last entry and just need to tap on them for a full screen … we’re going to do something similar to that right now, and then see what comes of it.
There we go … we switched over to the second course we started and this one is being called Content DID 101. We are now at the syllabus page and smiling over its general neatly ordered presence. There is a center column which is white space and then flanked on either side by two much thinner columns that represent first on the left side the menu options, and then on the left side is a calendar. We would like to add something to it today I think. Maybe just to try it out.
Good good … we make a calendar entry that states …
due: Nov 3 at 11:59pm
Ann's Tasks for the Day
- Finish blog entry by end of the day
- Finish adding the blog links
- Finish adding the page entries for the Home page from the Syllabus
It works for me!
Ok, then why don’t we go back to the syllabus. The next thing we should do is glance over the Contents of the course for DID101 which is the menu options. This is them in order
We’re just refreshing our memory of what is in the list. We need this kind of rebooting first thing in the morning, umm afternoon. Nothing really stands out for this moment as to anything we’d really like to cover. We want to continue with the home screen and there is no one to make announcements to at because we’re not published. We’ve got a couple of assignments on the board now – one being our calendar list of tasks for the day. You have an option of adding it as an event or a assignment. I figure more in line with the list being my assignment, so that is where it landed and we coded it as a pass or fail.
We then skim down to our “Page” section which is also entered by the first link in the syllabus. It looks like this:
I think that we can be happy with this for the time being, and then you might notice there are two blue links for two other pages – the first is “About Us” and the second is “About Others in our live.” I think Dr. Marvin stated it right on Thursday night in that this can all be for practice. We’re just going to need going through our thoughts one at a time and then choosing between what is right and wrong about what we are trying to do and then progressing that all along. When we asked Dr. Marvin for constructive criticism he indicated that we had an awful lot on our syllabus page and that we might take that down some. He’s got to be right … I mean he is Dr. Marvin, but we were not able to come up with a better idea at the time. I’m thinking this morning we are going to need putting in things like the main headers like Definitions, Glossary/Terms, Signs and Symptoms, and co-morbid disorders, but leave out all the direct links to the reading material. Let me check for a moment and see how that would look and if it is a relatively easy thing to be doing.
Ok, we learned a little more. We can create pages for the information that will be listed as individual floating entities that can be easily dropped into the page, but unless we go through the home page, and list the entries as items added to the module, they aren’t going to have an arrow showing the previous and future items. This could be a deal breaker. There is one more thing that would assist though in that they have a link to “hide module contents” so that you can collapse them and not see them until ready to look at each module. So then the simple part would be in conveying – sure to the learners – great idea to hide the modules until ready to look at them because they can get overwhelming. If you had one content page for the module with link pages and no arrows, the syllabus would be a lot neater though and the learner could choose just the pages they want to skip too, and then I would suppose that you would just hit the browser back arrow to get back to the Content page with Table of reading contents. I suppose that would work too. I think too that the module in themselves – as long as there is content in them will arrow over or back to the next module … which would then bring up the next reading list or anything else loaded in the module contents section like assignments, quizzes and tests – which I think Dr. Marvin was looking more at.
The only problem is that it seems that the system … no I’m wrong there. The system WILL delete the deleted pages from the “all pages” links. That’s important because if I changed the system, I would want the approximate 25 entries to be redone so that they are all consistently floating. I think that would work. I’m going to sit back though for a moment and think again through the process so that I can make a decision. I do like the thought of the Syllabus being cleaned up in that I think there are already a lot of things to load from that page as Section headers that would be most important to the learner. It would be easier for the learners to skip around to their own interests too … they’d still have the list of pages to choose from or go to, but it wouldn’t be on the front page. Hmm, still getting used to that … I was liking the visual of adding content to that front page and I still like it arrowing over to the next one. Think Ann … think clearly here.
Ok, so maybe not too clearly. I think basically what we found was a list of questions, and then we posted them in FB to keep record, but might as well do it here too. Hold on.
“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” – John Simone
What questions do you ask yourself every day?
Here they are:
We’re back. This last time we copy and pasted, but we did not try to skip through the questions. We tried a few times between finding the questions and now, but we became lost in trying to figure out again who we were. It was like the more questions we asked, the more lost we became. I think it is a good list though if one had the time to go through it carefully. I don’t know again why we were looking for a list like this. Maybe I better read back for a second
Nope, read back and it doesn’t seem to make sense. How the hell did we … ok ok … I guess it doesn’t matter. Someone in our system was looking for life questions I’m sure. We were last though I think evaluating the Canvas LMS. I don’t know where we are with that. Our fingers are a little cold too, so I think I’m going to try warming them up so I could type better. Hmm, wonder where we put those gloves?
We only found one glove … that always seems to be the way … but we did bring the small SW lap blanket back. We’re mostly under that. I thought our pajamas were warm enough, but maybe they are more for summer. They are long, but sleeveless. Yup yup … It’s up to 2:30 PM now and were then naturally still at home with pajamas. I wonder … we’ve been taking our shower later in the day, but maybe that would help warm us up? Hmm, maybe take some medicine too. That probably be a good thing, right? BRB
Hmm, we are back, but it is already 9:04 PM. I don’t really know what happens on time though it seems we’ve been on the computer all day. We did take our shower, and I know we watched a block of ten videos on education, and then there was just a lot of checking on quite a few things