Moving to Canvas

The U of O is moving to a new Learning Management System! Canvas by Instructure. There is much to consider when thinking about this change, but overall the response seems to be very positive. For more information on the transition, see:

Canvas Migration Site

Training workshops are happening now and will be happening through the summer and into the fall term. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you’d like some one-on-one training, too.

Entering Fall 2014

It has been quite a while since I have posted here, but I am going to get this site up and running as this school year gets started. There are several areas of interest on which I will be posting, so stay tuned.

Thanks! or ADN or App dot Net: what is it?

What is 

From the developers: is your passport to great applications. Use your account to access a network of amazing social apps. Talk to friends with group messaging apps, share pictures and documents with file storage apps, and tell stories with microblogging apps—all while controlling your own data. Find apps you love and explore the possibilities: your account is your passport.

For software developers, provides infrastructure to build social applications. Want to see what you can build on top of the platform? Check out our API spec. launched in August of 2012. It’s owned and operated by Mixed Media Labs, founded by CEO Dalton Caldwell and CTO Bryan Berg. is a social network with a few new twists and turns. It is most commonly compared to Twitter, and in many respects it is very much like Twitter. It is a social network that allows you to have 256 characters, instead of Twitter’s 140. Perhaps the most important aspect is the open API for application developers who wish to create applications for this platform. Some of the applications that have already been created can be found here:

The one catch with this is that one needs to pay to receive all of the features that it has to offer. Currently it is $36.00 per year, although there is a limited “free” version, as well. The free version only allows one to follow 40 people, however. If you would like an invitation, please email me below.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at Thanks!

Exporting your AAA Blog and Importing into UO Blogs

AAA Blogs will be going away. AAA Blogs is no longer being updated and is currently hosted on an older server and there are no plans to keep hosting WordPress based sites, especially since we have the system that was started about a year ago, known as UO Blogs.

The migration process is not that difficult, but please keep in mind that some of the plugins that have been available on AAA Blogs will not be available on UO Blogs. See the instructions below to get started:

One of the important things to remember in this process is that you must create the new site first, including adding in the users and their roles to the new site BEFORE importing the older data. You cannot use the add user feature on the import screen when doing the import process.

To create a new site on UO Blogs, see this guide:

Some other things to consider are the following:

Plugins: Does the UO Blog system have the plugins that you’re used to having? If so, great – just enable them and you’re good to go. If not, look around UO Blogs to see if there are comparable ones available. If still not then some re-design will be necessary. A list of currently available plugins on UO Blogs is available here:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me as you work through this process. Thank you!

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