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55 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
HEH 64: Holiday High Ed Hangout
It’s a special holiday episode of High Ed Hangout (we have holiday beverages!). We jump right in with our favorite note-taking apps and then transition to our yearly tech (and non-tech) Christmas lists. What note-taking apps do you use? iCoud Notes or Google Keep (quick notes or lists)Google DocsTextmateOneNote (handwriting recognition)BearObsidianNebo (handwriting cross-platform)Remarkable Tablet (e-ink) What is on your Christmas list this year? Ken: new laptop M1 Macbook AirDave: more smart plugs or smart lightsDan: Retropie Emulation for a new Pi (NES Pie Case)Scott: Arcade Cabinet for a pi Non-tech list Dave: Kitchenaid MixerKen: D&D booksDaniel: (he just orders what he wants)Scott: Bombas socks Anyone purchased a webcam? Do people in your meetings keep your video on? Beard trimming…
59 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
HEH 63: Anti Climatic Lollypop Crunch… Ahhhh Shapiro
It’s been a while since we’ve met, so we spend some time talking pandemic and lock-down, and what the work environment will look like when this is all over. Then we move into tech and talk a bit about the new Apple M1 chips. Haircuts blah blah How has social isolation been for everyone? Social distanced vacations?Lines blurred between work and home? Will we go back the same way as before? Will certain places force the return to “normal” in-person? Ken started playing D&D again (he started in 1977) Who is buying a new mac (M1)? System on a chip Playing Among Us for team building, Ken is using Zwift for bike riding
59 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
HEH 62: Haircuts, Apple, and Covid Tracking
We still live in Covid-land so we talk about haircuts, Covid trackers that our schools are using or building, and what it will look like to come back to campus. We also sprinkle in a bit of Apple to try and add a positive spin. We all have haircuts except Dan (who is still very hairy)GVSU is building a Covid-19 self (health) assessment tool to use when campus reopens.Simple form using GVSU credentialsQuestionnaire asking about contacts and symptomsEvery faculty/staff/student needs to fill out this form every day before coming to campus.How is this HIPPA compliant?GVSU: HIPPA protected information is sent to the health department.Have you looked at the Google/Apple contact tracing app?GVSU uses Visitour for phone-guided walking toursAlso use it for virtual tour UALR just released official reopening tour100% back to campus in AugustBoard of trustees required a planApple WWDC Updates
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
HEH 57: High Ed Holiday Hangout (HEHH)
Happy holidays loyal HEH listeners. We have a holiday-themed episode for you. We ring in the holidays (all of them!) with festive beverages and the tech items on our own Christmas lists. HEHH to all! Holiday-themed drinks celebrating all the “holidays” HanukkahThree Kings DayWinter SolsticeSt. Lucia DaySt. Nicholas DayChristmasKwanzaaNew YearMardi Gras What is on your holiday/Christmas list? Ken – AirPodsDave – Gopro bird feeder, super binoculars that stream video Scott – Smart Switch, Waffle MakerSmart Pancake PrinterScott – Aftermarket car stereo with Car Play or Android AutoScott – Retro game controller posterDan – Smart surge protector to turn stereo components on/offScott – LED strip for tv that colors based on TV imageDaniel – A new house (wired for tech!), New headphones Do we take care of projects over the holiday break?
53 minutes | Apr 10, 2019
HEH 53: I’m Working the Oak Lawn Booth at the Big Buck Classic
We get into our experiences with working remotely and how we like it, GVSU’s new president, our beards, and the Ooopsie Poopsie podcast is finally coming soon! Remote working? Good? Bad? Who does it?GVSU got a new presidentCommon App Chat (GVSU looking at it, Iowa moved to it this year)Oopsie Poopsie Podcast… coming soon… for real this time.We all have beardsDaniel is working at the the Big Buck Classic next week.
66 minutes | Dec 10, 2018
HEH 48: I’d Rather Mail Merge
We spend a lot of time going down the wormhole of old Tweets this episode, which leads us to all of our old internet posts (and some embarrassment). Dave teaches us about birding (cuz he’s and old man).Dave’s Twitter cover photo is famous.Ken’s Twitter handle (now publicly accessible)We dig up our first tweets.https://twitter.com/danielslaughter/status/13484745754 Myst 25th Edition Kickstarter (Daniel is Maintainer)The LangoliersSpecial Guest Terra tells us about what’s happening in her life and her favorite games.Daniel found his old Live Journal page and went down the wormhole.
56 minutes | Aug 29, 2018
HEH 46: Is Ron Bronson Presenting?
What’s the structure of our university systems? What are our favorite university websites? Academic logos vs athletic logos. Dave’s dog joins in on the conversation. How are your state universities structured? Iowa is in a Regent system (but 3 different independent universities) GVSU is totally independent, but funded by the state of MI UALR is being tasked with crossover login at all of their state schools All schools are moving to a single ERP and LMS. Dave is speaking at a conference and they provided some questions. What are your top 3 favorite HIGHER ED websites? Cornell University Indiana Nebraska Michigan Stanford UT Austin Talking about university logos. Athletic mark vs. the academic mark. Loki the dog
62 minutes | Apr 25, 2018
HEH 41: The Search Search
The HEH dudes talk about what they got for the holidays, any new conference attendances and then dig in on a new site search tool for GVSU, who needs to move away from the Google Appliance. Google Home tricks and games Akinator What did we get for Christmas? Dan got a Nest Thermostat and a Chromecast Daniel got socks and Wine and Beer Scott got Bluetooth earbuds Ken got an Amazon Fire Stick (doesn’t offer anything more than his current Apple TV) Conferences this year? Scott is doing a leadership workshop on campus (7 months) so no off campus conference this year Daniel wants a developer conference for teams working together. Dave is going to SXSWEdu Another good one is Digital Summit (in various cities) Ken is looking at ELUNA (library specific conference) Dan is not sure yet but looking for a good developer conference (liked Smashing Conference a couple years ago) Google Custom search updates for GVSU Apache Solr Elastic Search Others: https://www.funnelback.com/product/search https://swiftype.com/ https://cse.google.com/cse/ https://lucidworks.com/products/fusion-server/ https://www.elastic.co/ Conveo LucidWorks Searchblox Search Technologies Mind Breeze Cludo (edited) Bing Custom Search Amazon Cloud Search Scott is glowing.
64 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
HEH 40: If you sell alcohol… please sponsor us!
Dan got a new phone (cheap!), Dave got rid of Facebook, Daniel updated WordPress, Scott likes Reply All Podcast, Ken is scared of browser fingerprinting… and MORE! Dave deleted his FB account. There’s a place where FB shows you what it knows about you. Your Information > Your Categories Daniel just barely missed out on ordering his iPhone X Dan bought a $100 (Moto E4) Android device and scratched the phone and wasn’t sure if he should buy a new phone or a new screen for $50. (he drank too much cider) UALR updated WordPress a few months ago and started to evaluate plugins and scripts. A file permissions script didn’t finish and left them in an incorrect state. In that state, WP could not see the plugins folder and deactivated themselves. Many parts of the site went down. GVSU pushed an update that broke the headers on the CMS. GVSU accidentally put some policies on a prod server vs. dev and it was all OK. UALR has change meetings and change boards to monitor large system/enterprise changes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL) Reply All podcast talks about how FB connects the dots of soooo many points of data. People think that FB is listening to you but it’s more their use of data. Browser Fingerprinting https://amiunique.org/
12 minutes | Aug 24, 2017
HEH 27: Puddting?
The lost episode. Scott lost his internet connection, so the episode got called off. No internet = no podcast.
71 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
HEH 10: Controlled Release
We talk about languages, which are the most popular, and which ones we like the best (and why). Iowa launches a new admissions website. How we use content types, and ways we could use them better. Why does Dan love (hate?) Cold Fusion? Why not just PHP? http://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index/ (CF is not in the top 50) If we had to rewrite tomorrow, we’d go with something common since it’s easier to find developers – probably PHP. Scott launched a new admissions site admissions.uiowa.edu Generally positive response Just a design refresh (same structure, same links) We launched alongside alongside a transition to a centralized cloud hosting for Drupal (Acquia) on our campus which has had it’s own issues. That allowed admisisons to share the site with staff and partners early and get input for a week prior to launch. Content types and how we use them and tools used in our CMS UALR uses WordPress and has only 2 content types (posts/pages). Iowa Admissions has a lot of content types in Drupal (which is built around custom content types) Grand Valley only has pages as a content type in their custom CMS with a few extra modules for dates features etc. What do you do with pages that haven’t been visited in a year or two years? GVSU will approach high traffic pages, but not removed unused content. UI Library has an “out to pasture” are but keeps everything because they are a… library (servers: dim, dark, deep) Internet Archive is a good place for keeping that older content GVSU is rolling out a new version of their CMS and along with that providing an opportunity to sunset older pages. Daniel almost got shot! (might have been a door slam) Possible new content types for UALR that bubble to the top for similar pages. Policies Areas of study Staff/Faculty Bios What’s better, write your own CMS or use enterprise or off the shelf? You’re going to have growing pains and add customizations no matter what. Some off the shelf systems have communities Build your own allows you total freedom to do what you need Urban Dictionary Word of the Day: ybd, your baby daddy
71 minutes | Jun 8, 2016
HEH 3: Strongly a Booger Head
Learn how the (high ed) hangout got started with the HEH! origin story. Site performance: Dan spills his guts on how he got a 100 on the Google page-speed test. UrbanDictionary Word of the Day: Breastie? Origin Story (SXSW 2007, 2008) Mobile admission application experiences How do you plan for web groups Audiences Presentations? Site (Dan’s) Performance https://www.ampproject.org/ Client-side caching <img> srcset and sizes Image compression 100/100 on Google Bay-bee!
59 minutes | May 30, 2016
HEH 2: Is your site accessible?
This episode takes a deep dive into accessibility and how we try to keep our sites accessible. Accessibility WCAG 2.0 AA is the rule for all our schools SiteImprove (GVSU, UALR) Compliance Sherif (Iowa) We need a tool that checks on the fly for content editors – or an API into existing checkers. Training should be provided to content editors with a mention of accessibility. How do you re-priorities the resources for training? Recent lawsuits make it hard to react. Captioning Video – it’s easy for short videos and really tough (expensive) to do longer lectures etc. Youtube captioning tool SubtitleEdit
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