Daily Archives: September 3, 2015


How to best host class discussions is an important question: need to make it accessible to students, and world-viewable, but also prevent spam (“Learn how I made money from home using ….”). I thought of a WordPress plugin but that can result in a static discussion: basically a series of posts, which can relate to each other, but lacks the fluidity of an IRC-like chat. IRC itself is fun to use, but it has declining usage. Slack is popular, but requires students to hook into a new system and the free version has a limited number of saved posts. I’ve […]

Class discussions


For first run, I’ve chosen not to go with edX, coursera, or the like but instead host locally. This is a trial run, so I think it’s premature to deal with the overhead that may come with having an official University course run through one of those services. I also don’t like how most free courses don’t seem accessible there until you register; maybe this is an optional setting, but I’d prefer for people to be able to stumble into a lecture or exercise through a web search. I’m thus doing a WordPress site for now. I’ve explored some plugins […]

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