Sure sign that you are a nerd: the very first thing you want to do on the very first morning of winter break is . . . build a Widgets Warehouse in Canvas, ha ha. But seriously, that’s what I wanted to do this morning.
That takes you to Laura’s Widget Warehouse, a new public course I just created in Canvas (and thank you, Canvas, for letting us create courses like this on our own; we didn’t have that freedom in D2L).
As you can see, there is no real new content in the Canvas course, and I have no interest in creating content inside Canvas; I far prefer my blog network for creating and sharing content. There is, however, real value in creating a catalog like this in Canvas… even just for selfish reasons: it will help keep me organized as I work through this widget redesign process. So, as often with things online, I’ll be getting the benefit of it whether or not others use it — but if this can be useful to others, so much the better!
Feel free to use my scripts or, even better, perhaps seeing how I use the RotateContent.com script tool will inspire you to make your own. As this project evolves, I’ll be writing up some tips and how-tos for creating your own widgets. Now that my students also have access to https webspace through OUCreate, I am thinking they might even be interested in giving this tool a try,
I’ll have more to say about all that as this project evolves in the coming semester. During the semester, I don’t have time for a really sustained project like I do during the summer, but something like this should be great: when I find myself with a free morning or afternoon, I can pick a widget, redesign, and add a new page to the catalog.
And when I have a whole day free… I can create new widgets! YES!!!
So, more about all that later: this is just the inaugural post in what should be an ongoing series on Widgets for Canvas. 🙂
Advice from the cats:
Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.