#\:D/ : Screenshooting, cursor too

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…with IrfanView

While Snipping Tool still delights me, today I learned to Capture a screenshot with IrfanView that shows the mouse cursor! … \:D/

In brief:

Open Irfan View -> Options -> Capture/Screenshot (check/modify settings) -> Start -> Ctrl-F11

To clarify: the settings to manage screen capture in IrfanView are accessed through the Options menu, being sixth available option if canvas is blank.

Settings

Capture Setup has many controls. I set the capture area to Foreground window. I left capture method at default Hot Key CTRL+F11. I left default at including mouse cursor. And after the capture show in main window of IrfanView.

IrfanView Capture Setup has four bundles of options. Capture Area has seven types from full desktop area to a fixed screen rectangle. Capture method can be by hotkey or automatic on timer. After the capture offers four options, to show, copy to clipboard, send to printer or save. Finally in addition to default mouse cursor, two other options area to scroll window and set when to stop, if filming.

Yes will need to crop

But cropping–once I realised* how (when there is an image on the canvas and no paint tools selected, just left click drag, let-go, Ctrl+Y)–is also rather nifty in IrfanView, offering (via Edit -> Show selection grid) a golden ratio grid.

*(thanks to Lord Spam Magnet & Grinler at BleepingComputers)

PS – if you were wondering

  • \:D/ in title is a Happy Dance
  • the screenshot for which I wanted a cursor…
    Pasting values only (or paste as plain text) in Google Sheets…relates to a possible future post about importing+keeping Google Search results for a google portion of a literature review.

How to style Zotero references in WordPress posts = Custom CSS

Logos Zotero to Wordpress Cyberchimps Theme

Have you been dragging references from Zotero to your WordPress blog post, only to find that your WordPress theme does not have style instructions for the divs Zotero uses?

Zotero’s div classes

Perhaps like me you have noted in html view that the reference dragged from Zotero is automatically styled with “<div class=”csl-bib-body“> and <div class=”csl-entry”>”?

Adding Custom CSS to WordPress Theme

Tonight I finally worked out  how to tell my blog what style it should apply to the div classes that come with citations dragged from Zotero. I took a snippet of bertobox‘s solution, and looked at my Theme Options, finding an option to add a custom css style.

Image depicts WordPress Dashboard, Appearance menu, Theme Options, CSS Styles, Custom CSS Styles box

Custom styling Zotero classes for APA

.csl-bib-body{padding-left:0;margin-left:0;}
.csl-entry{margin-left:2em;text-indent:-2em;margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;}

Limitations

I use Cyberchimp’s free Responsive II theme. I do not know if the theme options available for it are common to any others.

Mind, this designates only one particular style (the style above is for APA). If I wanted to use different citation styles for different posts, I’d need a different solution.

Hat tip/demonstration:

bertobox. (2011). CSS-for-APA-Style-references. Retrieved 29 July 2015, from https://github.com/bertobox/CSS-for-APA-Style-references

Flight #NLS7 LANDED Post-flight check

NLS7 t-shirt

So many things to do, ASAP:

  1. Reconnect with loved ones (my lovely sons picked me up from the airport late last night)
  2. Respond to anything urgent that arose while I was gone (nope, all clear)
  3. Unpack & clean (mm, in progress)
  4. Sit, rest, think (perhaps next weekend)
  5. Thank the organisers:
  6. Transfer notes – particularly capturing Action items (see posts to follow) (or I might add to the NLS7 Etherpad Stephen Chang started)
  7. Thank presenters and participants (see posts to follow)
  8. Report to and thank funder (me, this time–but I may still prepare a report).

What do you do when you return from conference?

* OMG YUM – Thank you Pot Belly – that was possibly some of the yummiest food I have ever eaten.

Mind-bubbling, “Mind-blowing”

Bubbles

My mind is bubbling from reading Eveline Houtman’s thoroughly enjoyable article, “Mind-blowing”: fostering self-regulated learning in information literacy instruction, in Communications in Information Literacy 9(1).  This post shares a few thought-bubbles.

My own teaching of research skills has (so far) been one-to-one.  If classes ever appear in my path, I am eager to apply some of the successful strategies I read about.  I picked up a few ideas from Houtman’s sharing of what worked and did not for her classes.  As an unschooler, I see self-regulation as the soul of learning, so it is encouraging to find librarians trying to nurture it.

At the same time, in the current climate, I started wondering whether/how those ideas might be incorporated into online delivery of research skills training/education.

Reflect for self-regulation

One big take-away from this article is the value Houtman found from wrapping* her classes in reflective activities to harness ‘why?’ and ‘so what?’ for self-regulated learning.  Discussing with others why getting started is or isn’t hardest for us may be engaging in a class setting, but can similar effects be generated by an activity within an online tutorial (which is usually taken solo)?

  • Agree/disagree could be polled
  • Rather than a poll for ‘why’ perhaps an open answer could be followed up with a summary of other (earlier) students’ responses.

The first class “Getting Started” of Houtman’s series seems to have the most positive impact from its reflective wrapping activity.  Yet as Houtman recognised, class content (Kulthau’s model of information search process) specifically includes recognition of feelings throughout the process and thus extends emotive reflection throughout.  Is there any way one might include an interactive emotion-exploring element within a library’s online tutorial?

Design for purpose**

Feeling that the reflective wrapper for her Finding Scholarly Sources class appeared to fall flat, Houtman wondered if it was “a case of too much reflection”. Perhaps. Or, I wonder if the end-of-class exercise “go back to opening scenario and reflect on what you would now do differently” is constructive given that a search involves a spiralling process of doing things differently.

Unfortunately, I am uncertain of role of the scenario and end-task for the purpose of the class.  What do students need to do differently? Why a scenario that posits a last-minute rush to find scholarly sources? Documenting one’s search process seems to have been this class’ self-regulation activity. Would it help for students to once again identify how they *feel* during the process?

Sources, for courses, or purposes?

Houtman seemed dissatisfied with the impact of reflection activities in both classes about sources.  Is there perhaps a conflict between what students must do for assignments, and what might be most productive for development of their critical thinking? Wiser librarians than I have explored that theme.  When Houtman mentioned students seeming unaware that critical thinking is an “overarching goal” for their study, I thought “Show me the money”.

Half-way through the article I was bubbling with intent to comment that the answer might arise through focusing on context.  Houtman was on to that by the end of the article (based on observing students being more engaged when discussing the idea of context). I hope to see a future article sharing how she reworked the classes.

Online resources vary in their approach to teaching about sources–from pushing ‘scholarly’ to exploring context & purpose. Is that contrast accurate? Would it be possible to compare student engagement and learning resulting from otherwise equivalent tutorials that take such different approaches?

What you call it matters

Houtman noted that graduates were attracted to her workshop series when it was titled “Essential Research Skills” instead of “Core Library Skills” (and not advertised as pitched to undergraduates).  Graduates’ presence was noted to have affected the dynamic of classes. Yet Houtman did not characterise that effect, which led her team to consider separating audiences for future series.  I also wonder whether students from different levels offered different feedback, particularly as to the relevance and pitch of the classes.

Spoilers:

*Houtman eventually sees reflection as more central than wrapping.
**I love that Houtman’s concludes with intent to clarify the purpose of her classes and “be more explicit about the ‘so what'”.

Girl blowing bubbles" by Taken byfir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons
Girl blowing bubbles” by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons

Activities in online resources to model self-regulated learning

Results from a rough search show early interest in how activities to model self-regulated learning could be incorporated into online resources. Loch and McLoughlin (2011) seemed to be talking (hypothetically) about incorporating the activities within screencasts. Rowe and Rafferty (2013) looked at post-viewing quizzes in the LMS.

But as yet no post-implementation testing.  Points of curiosity: can activities be added for positive impact, without irritating students?

Those readings:

Loch, B., & McLoughlin, C. (2011). An instructional design model for screencasting: Engaging students in self-regulated learning. Changing Demands, Changing Directions. Proceedings Ascilite Hobart, 816–821.
Rowe, F. A., & Rafferty, J. A. (2013). Instructional design interventions for supporting self-regulated learning: enhancing academic outcomes in postsecondary e-learning environments. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(4), 590–601.

DIY desktop icons with IrfanView #blogjune

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Three of my custom desktop icons and IrfanViewNo fuss, no bother,

IrfanView quickly converts my .jpg images to .ico ; giving me visually meaningful desktop icons.

Recently I became interested in customising my desktop icons. Specifically (so far): shortcuts to webpages which otherwise would, by default, show the browser’s icon. Regular readers may recall that Mr 17 helpfully photoshopped two creative commons images into one; and that it was only after much fuss I found an online converter to achieve an .ico file.

… and more (later)…

Apparently IrfanView is capable of tons more than this little thing I needed.  It will come in handy:

  • when I have time to learn more about optimising (beyond cropping and resizing images with Paint to 500px or less before uploading)
  • or for working with layers (see if I can stretch beyond the gimp tutorials with which I made a couple of textures for SecondLife).
also creates slideshows and more
Find out more and download at IrfanView

How simple?

For future reference, with IrfanView icons are a simple matter of:

File Save Picture As
File, Save Picture As, .ico

Thanks Irfan.

Will he earn a place on my toolbar?
Will he earn a place on my toolbar?