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Recently I tweeted a revised list of user need statements for my Grav Open Course Hub project, and I thought I would share them here:

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I am totally jazzed to be a part of the 2020 Festival of Learning in Vancouver, BC! While I do not know the exact time of my session yet, here is my (draft) session description…

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🌍Starting this year I plan to help support the efforts of others involved in climate change action by providing no-charge premium support for my Grav CMS projects involved in the raising of awareness and action of climate change - contact me at paul@hibbittsdesign.org for details.🌏

Well that decade blew by. In terms of just this past year, two things standout professionally – my first experience with student-generated assessment in CMPT-363 (which I’ve presented about in Vancouver at SFU DEMOfest and online via ETUG) and of course my Grav-based open education and publishing projects that are designed to help people who want to use a Markdown-based Git (i.e. GitHub, GitLab, Gitea, etc.) content workflow.

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While I’ve been heads-down with my SFU CMPT-363 User Interface Design course, I’ve just released a theme settings update for my Grav Open Course Hub and Open Publishing Space projects. Based on feedback from @MakaryGo, these changes are intended to better group/present Git Sync and custom menu options.

Open Publishing Options
Figure 1 - Open Publishing Options

SFU’s fifth annual DEMOfest is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th and I hope to share with my fellow educators my first experience with student-generated assessment questions - here’s my draft proposal:

Student-Generated Assessment Questions: The Journey so Far
Six years ago, I decided to stop using final exams in my CMPT-363 User Interface Design course as I was dissatisfied with their correlation to student learning. However, this year I decided to use a final exam once again but with a critical difference - my students would be the ones (hopefully) creating it. I designed a process where students would write a potential final exam question every week, and Canvas would be leveraged to calibrate and assess the quality of questions. In this session, I will share what I’ve learned so far, and what lies ahead.

It’s a cliche (for a good reason), but I it’s hard to believe the summer is almost over and the fall teaching term is about to begin.

Over the summer I continued working on all of my Grav open education and publishing projects. A highlight was the brand new Grav skeleton package Open Presentation Hub to help create, publish, and share Markdown-based slides with the Presentation Plugin by Ole Vik, which uses the Reveal.js Framework.

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Recently I tweeted a sneak peek of the new Grav Presentation Hub skeleton, and I thought I would share it here:

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Recently I tweeted some examples of using Grav Course Hub inside and outside of the Canvas LMS, and I thought I would share them here:

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Recently I tweeted about possible workflows with Grav, and I thought I would share them here:

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Recently I tweeted about my initial exploration of the fantastic OpenETC project, and I thought I would share them here:

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