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ToW: Make Timelines with Timeline JS

Want to tell a story? 

Need to organize a lot of information?

TimelineJS is a powerful, flexible, and easy way to quickly make a compelling and interactive visualization that can includes diverse kinds of media like images, video, audio, tweets, and even whole documents.

Check out this example, from the makers of TimelineJS:

Developed by the Knight Lab at Northwestern University, this free and open-source tool will format and present your work for easy navigation, using a simple google sheets template.

It’s been used by CNN and Time, and here at Trinity, in courses like Gender, Sexuality, and Space and Memory, Power, and Place.

 

Protip: You can go beyond linking and embed your timeline right in your post here on Commons like the example above.  Just copy the embed code from the TimelineJS site, and after you paste it into your post, change the angle brackets to square brackets  – “<” becomes “[“ and “>” becomes “]”

Copy the embed code from the site

Paste

<iframe src=’https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1xuY4upIooEeszZ_lCmeNx24eSFWe0rHe9ZdqH2xqVNk&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650′ width=’100%’ height=’650′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen frameborder=’0′></iframe>

 

Edit the brackets

[iframe src=’https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1xuY4upIooEeszZ_lCmeNx24eSFWe0rHe9ZdqH2xqVNk&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650′ width=’100%’ height=’650′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen frameborder=’0′][/iframe]

 

To skip this extra formatting and a whole lot more, consider using a Domains site!

 

 

ToW: Come to the FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

To celebrate Women’s History Month at Trinity College, Information Services is excited to host a FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 6th from 12:00pm-2:30pm! The event will take place in the Library and Information Technology Center’s new Digital Scholarship Studio, which is located in room 182, directly above Peter B’s coffee shop.

The goal of this event is to bring attention to the many contributions made by women that have significant influence on our culture. This year’s event will focus on including women of color, trans, and/or non-conforming people and related organizations and ideas into Wikipedia. You can view some of the topics for this year’s event here.

Please join us us for the event and/or extend the invite to friends and colleagues! Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or to stay for the entirety of the event. Pizza will be served. Feel free to contact Christina Boyles (christina.boyles[at]trincoll[dot]edu) or Erin Valentino (erin.valentino[at]trincoll[dot]edu) with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

ToW: Moodle Docs for this page provides contextual help

While our Moodle Resource Center should be your first stop for common Moodle issues and Trinity-specific help, the Moodle platform provides a link to more detailed documentation at the bottom of every page.

Just scroll ALLllllllllll the way down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see a link that says “Moodle Docs for this page.” 

Moodle Docs for this page

The best part about this link is that it will take you to documentation for the specific type of tool you are using. So if you’re setting up the Assignment tool, the link will take you directly to the documentation for the Assignment tool.

Full details about all the settings for every tool can be found in the Moodle Docs. This information can be a little overwhelming, but if you’re having trouble with the many options and settings Moodle offers for every tool, this can be a helpful place to start (I use it all the time – in fact, most of the time when you call me with a tricky Moodle question, I’m using this tool to find the answers you need).

*Please keep in mind that not all the of the settings and tools mentioned in the general Moodle Docs are always available on our Trinity instance of Moodle.