(Image by peapodsquadmom via Creative Commons)
Well, there’s no doubt that it’s back to school time, and we want to remind you first that there are OpenLab workshops this week and next. The soonest of which are this Wednesday, the 22nd. There are three that day, on various topics, and you can come to them all or just those in which you have a specific interest. You can find out more in the image below. Hope to see you there!
Featured Tip: Connecting Existing Sites to New Projects
There are changes all over the OpenLab, and we’ll be giving out a full description in the upcoming weeks, so please look forward to that! But for right now, we think one critical improvement should be highlighted right away:
Before late August 2012, users could create sites that weren’t connected to a project. In the process of improving the overall organization of the OpenLab, and to keep all the wonderful work everyone is doing here visible to everyone (when the creator chooses, that is), that had to change: at this point all sites must be connected to a project.
We have no doubt that this will improve the structure of our virtual campus, but it does mean that if you created a stand-alone site you’ll need to connect it to a project before it can appear in your “My OpenLab.” But don’t worry, it’s still there!
To do so, go through the process that you would to create any Project, whether that’s a course, project, or club. Follow the steps as you would when creating any project (see our help section for assistance on this). When it comes time to create a site, though, you should see “Add an existing site” as one of your options, as in this screenshot:
NOTE: this option will not appear if you did not create a stand-alone site–if you don’t see “Use an existing site,” then this tutorial is probably not for you.
In the drop-down (where it says ‘scotttest’) above, you should see your existing stand-alone site. Click it, follow the rest of the instructions, and you’re done!
As always, contact us with any questions!
FEATURED PROJECT: WHAT IS WRITING?
More from the prolific Johanna Rogers! This week we’re featuring her delightful project: What is Writing?, which offers a funny, witty, and image-driven look at some of the more basic (and some of the most complicated) questions about writing. Given its visual tendencies, we think it’s probably especially useful for those disciplines where students might be more comfortable or used to visually-driven information. Which is, of course, exactly the sort of cross-discipline usefulness the OpenLab is designed to facilitate. But without question it’s useful for all of us here at City Tech, and so thanks Johanna!