Tuesday, week 4 (Sept. 15)

It's Tuesday (day 2) of Week 4.

I've had a chat with our Instructional Technologist about my compatibility with Canvas (it's a mix of user error and #elemess), and we have found a solution that works to make my life easier without messing up the gradebook so frequently in future. This means that from next week on, the Declaration Quizzes will look a bit different. They will be in the so-called "new quiz" format, and you may already be familiar with this from other courses, but the basic idea is the same: a simple true-false quiz, check the items on the list and collect your points. Onwards and upwards!

Schedule for today

Drop-in tutorials

Drop in tutorial: 2-3 pm, open to all.

  • Option 1: reserve a spot on this Google appointment page
  • Option 2: "drop in" anytime, but you may have to wait a bit in the waiting room.

Both are for a Zoom meeting, using the Green Link on your respective Canvas SECRETS pages (or find the info in your Canvas Calendar).

  • Add your comments for your colleagues' Week 3 Reflection posts on Hypothes.is by tonight, 11.59pm. 
  • Your Initial Post for Week 4 is due at 11.59pm tonight.
  • Collect your points with the Declaration Quiz on Canvas for both tasks.
  • Optional video conference chat/check in at 4pm. I highly encourage you to drop in to talk about your ideas for the first Show and Tell project. Use the Pink Link from the SECRETS page on Canvas or follow your Canvas calendar
  • Don't forget to pitch your project where others can see it: the Cloud Lounge dedicated discussion board. Inspire others by sharing, or be inspired by checking it out!
  • Optional video conference chat/check in at 1pm: useful if you miss your synchronous class sessions! "Pink Link" can be found on the SECRETS page or on the Canvas Calendar
  • Feedback on your colleagues' posts from Week 4 is due by 11.59pm tonight. Don't forget to collect your points in the Declaration quiz on Canvas.

Additional Information

Online events for the Muhlenberg community:

  • 6pm: A repeat of yesterday's seminar on strategies for reading and note taking from The Academic Resource Center. If you struggle with the reading I throw at you, let me know, but also try the tips from this seminar. The seminar is not just for First Years!
  • The "Contested Political Futures" series of talks continues, with a live Webinar with Dr. Mary Anne Franks from the University of Miami Law School. The title of the talk is "THE CONSTITUTION AND FREE SPEECH FUNDAMENTALISM". Starts at 7pm, use the link you find in this poster.

Tuesday tech tip:

Are passwords driving you up the walls? You've been told they must be this long, contain that many funny characters, not be your birthday, etc etc. and on top of that, if you're new to Muhlenberg, get used to having to change them every six months. (Maybe that's only faculty, but they make me do it.) Oh, and the kicker: use a different password for everything. Hahahaha. As if, right?

Fortunately there is a solution: a password manager. This is an app you install on your computer and/or phone, and it keeps track of all your passwords for you. You only need one master password to unlock the vault.

There are multiple apps to choose from. I have used 1Password for quite a few years now, but I know somebody who swears by Roboform (I am not affiliated with any of these companies). These apps are not free, but they have to protect some of your most important digital information, and they save me a lot of time. Check out this article from PC Mag with an overview of different password managers, with options to fit various needs and budgets. I'd love to hear if you find this tip useful!

Old key on rope, on a window sill, next to a small statue of a saint under a glass dome
Photo: T. D'Haeseleer. Keep passwords secure.

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