Easy Footnotes Demonstration

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Android Apps

The JoeMobi app generator lets you compile your WordPress blog into a downloadable app for your Android or Blackberry. Try this: we’ve configured this blog. Download it by scanning or clicking the QR code.

Once you see the notice that it’s downloaded, click on the notice to have your phone install it.

As with so many new technologies, there are a few caveats. AT&T, for example, blocks apps that aren’t from the official “Marketplace.” On other carriers, go to Settings::Applications and be sure the box is checked for “Unknown Sources.”

Photo Gallery

Answering a long-standing need by the Marketing and PR department, we used Gallery2 to import and display their image library. There are over 1,600 (at last count) images in place, and more are being added all the time.

A smaller public gallery is available to members of the news media. The SHU community can log in with their PirateNet credentials and see the entire assortment, which includes multiple resolutions of each photo. There’s also a complete set of SHU logos, along with a handbook for usage.

Seton Hall owns the usage rights for all the photos in the gallery, and they’re available for use in any SHU publication or web site. Just read the “About” section for guidelines.

The Institute of Museum Ethics

The old site for the IME was looking a little bit dated, as well as somewhat juvenile. Plus, it was very hard to manage, with a steep learning curve for the G.A. — a new student every year.

By putting it into WordPress and giving it a sleek and professional new design, the Institute’s news and work are highlighted in a dynamic way, and can be kept fresh with just a few minutes work on the administrator screen.

Institute of Museum Ethics.

Teaching Portfolios — A Writing Assessment Program

After logging in, faculty pick from their classes, then from a list of students in that class.
This custom PHP/MySQL application for the English department lets faculty members upload a set of writing samples for students in their classes, to be then evaluated anonymously by other faculty.

Beginning with a data set that includes all the faculty, all the classes, and all the registered students for those classes, when a faculty member first logs in s/he selects their class section. The dropdown menu beneath is immediately populated with the roster for that class. Then selecting a student, the faculty selects and uploads a writing sample for that student.

Each professor is expected to upload between 8-13 samples for each of their sections.

Faculty can click on the box next to any student ID number and bring up the scoring screen.
In the second phase, faculty evaluate the samples. A randomized grid is presented that just shows the student ID numbers, as well as how many times that student has been scored as well as how many faculty are currently working on it. The ideal is to score each student several times to get a fair average. In order to prevent the bias of everyone picking one of the same few students at the top of the screen, each iteration of the screen brings up the names in random order, and every sixty seconds the screen is redrawn in a new order.

When a box is selected, the number is greyed back and the counts are incremented.

A popup panel has a link to the uploaded writing sample, and a scoring grid.
The popup panel has a link to the essay, and the scoring rubric and grid. Faculty are strongly encouraged to complete a scoring once started, and various popup warnings help to enforce it.

The system is now in its second full year of use, and has proven to be a valuable aid for end-of-year assessment.

Susan Glaspell Society

Previously hosted at academic.shu.edu/glaspell, the site for the society dedicated to research on this early 20th Century feminist author and playwrite needed a makeover.

Built on the Expressions Web platform, it had become a tangled nest of code that was very, very difficult for the webmaster to manage. The resistance level was high enough, in fact, that updates simply weren’t getting made.

A day spent porting over into a new WordPress site the old content, building categories and menus, and a new Cape Cod-themed masthead, and it is now ready for new content to be quickly and easily incorporated.

The content is arranged into a multi-level structure by type and by year; performance records of the author’s plays are arranged by title as well.

The new site is here, and it makes me want to get some of her books out of the library.

NGO Survey

The NGO Survey is based on extensive data compiled by Roseanne Mirabella on academic programs for non-governmental associations worldwide.

Written in PHP, and using a MySQL database, it offers multiple tabbed views of the data arranged alphabetically, by country or region. It’s also searchable, using a custom Google search installation.

Each institution is further broken down by types of courses, programs, degrees offered, contact information and more. Information is also editable in-place, making it easy to add and modify information about the programs.