Fall2020

Start

Classes start this week and why do I constantly feel like I am behind on course prep? So. Many. Things. To. Do. :D The FSP bootcamp I joined is helping for sure in terms of time management but I find that I’m having to tweak some of the methods so that they can work for a teaching stream workflow where 80-90% of the work is focused on teaching and the rest on service (as opposed to research stream where the split is 40/40/20 research/teaching/service).

Decisions

After all of the webinars and workshops and conferences I attended over the summer it is finally time to sit down, write a syllabus, and make pedagogical decisions about my courses.

One Month To Go

Ok, cool. I’ve created ten videos so far for MAT202 and MAT136 combined. Nowhere where I wanted to be at this point but it’ll do. I like my current setup now of using Drawboard for PDF annotation and OBS for screen-capture.

First Video Up, WDI

After weeks of putting it off, I recorded my first mini-video yesterday, for MAT202. I spent an hour just setting up and making production decisions. Snagit or OBS? Will my video have a talking head or not?

July is Here

July 1 this year marked my official start as Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at UTM. I took a few days off last week to celebrate and wind down, though Pocholo and I just stayed home for the most part.

XInclude; Committing to Mindfulness

Had a bit of trouble today with validating my XInclude-d files, using the extended script. (Also, I never got the ptx-check hack working..) Schema does not like the <credit> and <image> tags inside the colophon.

More on PreTeXt

A few more notes here before I forget (I’ve been forgetting to do a lot of things nowadays…). I spent hours figuring out why my svg files were not cropping properly via the pdfcrop utility.

First Post: PreTeXt Plans

Currently in the middle of populating this site with more content, and converting my MAT202 course notes from $\LaTeX$ to PreTeXt. I find XML to be clunky, so far but the PDF format is quite rigid and not the best in terms of accessibility, and I really like PreTeXt for this.