WordPress and Slack Workflow Experiments

Every place I’ve ever worked we’ve ended up talking about paths to deal with support emails and follow ups. Generally there is an existing technology helpdesk support system but it is usually unpleasant to use and hard to customize.1 What we have currently at Middlebury is a fairly typical combination of things going on. We […]

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VCU: The Long Goodbye (Patterned but not Standard)

Titled: A continuum of choice. A continuum of complexity. From left to right Social media, the LMS, WordPress Multisite, Hosted WordPress, Domain of One's Own, your server. Some of the elements overlap indicate a range of similar possibilities.

I’m trying to document this idea better because I’ve had trouble communicating it in the way that I want as I’ve started my new job.1 A dog is a chihuahua is a great dane WordPress multisite is a thing but it’s a thing that can be as different as a chihuahua is from a great […]

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Horizontally Combine Many CSV Sheets in Google Sheets

An odd request came in from a faculty member the other day. As part of their research they had 60 or so CSVs that they wanted combined horizontally. I have many ways to do it vertically but this was a new one. Each file was around 350KB so they weren’t huge and 60 isn’t a […]

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Recent Work – Start of June Edition

View of the faculty page using the shortcode.

My date titles continue to get blurrier. The range of stuff covered gets wider. VCU is moving any course with over 50 students to the online format. We’re supporting that move in a variety of ways. Our little R&D group is trying to answer the non-standard problems, questions, media desires. To some degree we are […]

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Monthly Reporting, A Gravity Forms to Google Forms Love Story

Well not really but I’ll explain it anyway. Gravity to Google There are a number of plugins that tie Gravity Forms to Google Sheets but most (all?) of them rely on the ability to create an application to get authentication tokens. Many institutional accounts turn off that capability. VCU has turned that off. As a […]

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H Tags and Auto-Constructing an Anchor Index

Origin Story I got a fairly dense Word document that needed to go online in way that people could more easily navigate. After checking it out, it appeared we had a large number of sections but we were lucky in that they were designated by H tags of various levels. Now I could have gone […]

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Photography with Faculty

I had the opportunity to work with Ryan Smith again recently. He’s been putting in serious work on on his website (Richmond Cemeteries) and is now turning a portion of that work into a book (Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries). Ryan came by to talk a bit about pictures for […]

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Get the PDFs – Google Search to Google Folder

An old newspaper ad showing an automatic printer.

Here’s a neat little pattern that might interest others. We got a version of the question below yesterday. Is there a way to automatically get the links from the search linked below into a spreadsheet? https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aedu+filetype%3Apdf+syllabus+education&oq=site%3Aedu+filetype%3Apdf+syllabus+education Then, from there, is there a way to automagically get the pdf files into a Drive folder? Step 1: […]

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