Author Archive | Tom Woodward

Angles on Open

I spoke briefly, and almost certainly disjointedly, at the Open VA meeting yesterday. The focus of the panel was “open pedagogy/curriculum” and the whole day was focused on open education concepts. My topic was simply labeled MOOC. As the day progressed I tried to get a sense of the audience and figure out what would I […]

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Photography – Week 45

  The mix of reflection and texture in this shot was what appealed to me. The Scott House is a pretty impressive place.   Fall leaves on the bricks and the napkins with the napkins echoing the shapes of the bricks- it seemed almost intentional.   This looks better large but the texture and color […]

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools | MindShift “The most significant responsibility at the school is that “you are responsible for what you make of your life,” McCaig says. To graduate, students write and defend a thesis that they have “prepared themselves to become effective adults in the larger community.” “ tags: […]

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Pre-Filling Forms via URL

I have to figure out a rather unpleasant and boring thing. I am, however, learning some fairly odd and interesting tricks as a result. This is one that might be useful to someone. Google Forms You can pre-fill Google form entries with a URL. That might be useful if you had 720 students in groups […]

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FacetWP – a semi-tutorial

I don’t usually usually pay for WordPress plugins but this is one I’ve come to like1 quite a bit. To start off, I have a historic interest in facet based searching. It is one of the main things that continues to appeal to me about Exhibit (one of the earlier javascript based tool libraries aimed […]

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Crematorium fire caused by 500-pound body “A fire that damaged the roof at Southside Cremation Services Henrico, Virginia, was likely caused by a “rather large body,” according to fire investigators. The fire started when the furnace used to cremate the 500-pound body got too hot, Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Daniel […]

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Troubleshooting Patterns

I got an email from a professor who was using Gravity Forms to allow students to create blog posts. The problem was that when they submitted posts via the form the category ended up being the default category no matter what was selected. Here’s a few of the things I did trying to figure out […]

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Photography – Week 44

There are lots of pictures this week. I’ve been walking in an entirely new area and that’s been interesting. I’m also playing around a bit with adding more commentary about what I liked about the pictures. Race cars on the streets of Richmond are fun and this one had an interesting background that echoed the […]

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Exploring Explored

As part of the Connected Courses MOOC, we were talking a bit about understanding different networks and how to both navigate them and use their vocabulary/tools. The picture above captures a few interesting elements along those lines. I took the picture walking to work. It was one of those fortuitous moments which happen much more […]

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