Many of those badges are new, and I like that they give the student immediate feedback about whether they did the thing. Here are some of my start-of-course challenges. You might take a gander at other stuff in
#, too. quests:essentials
My summer courses start May 31, so I’ll be tweaking these a bit Real Soon Now. I’ll probably also see about making a mini-syllabus for this kind of “Getting Students Started” stuff too.
Because Discourse (the software that you are using now) is where most of this course's interaction takes place, it is worth some time to learn a bit more about how it works.
What's so great about Discourse? See what it's creators have on their
About pages. It is fairly widely used, as indicated by this list of customers. I recommend that you spend at least a couple minutes looking at each of those pages.
Another resource that you might find interesting (but might not) is the Di…
One of the coolest things about Discourse is its search feature. It is fast, powerful, and easy to get to. Want to find posts about Wordpress? Just type /wordpress. No, really, just type it. The / opens the search box. If you want to waste time using the mouse, you can click the little magnifying glass up by your profile icon and the hamburger menu [image] (and no, seriously, that thing with the three lines is really called a
The search menu lets you search throug…
Why This Quest
Markdown is a Markup Language. (If you do not know what a markup language is, you should find out now, before reading any further; if you do not know how to find out click the grayed text).
Access the Google search engine using a web browser. Type
Markdown is among the markup languages that Discourse (the software that this site runs on) supports. It is also supported by several other translators that will convert Markdown into many diff…
markup language into the search engine.
This Quest will enable you to say "I can:"
Register an account in Discourse (the software driving literatecomputing.com)
Introduce myself to classmates
Upload an image
No more than 1 hour.
Why this Quest
For most of this course's work we will be using
Discourse (you're using it now!), a relatively new (started in 2013) forum package created by Jeff Atwood, who started Stack Overflow, a question-and-answer site. Unless otherwise indicated, things that you post here will be p…
There’s a badge for this one, but you probably want to provide some frame for what you want people to put in their profile.