One of the courses I teach is called Information Management Systems, in Dalhousie’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. As part of this week’s lab, we focused on a Microsoft 365 Cloud Applications to explore cloud applications and web services. Cloud applications are one of the many technologies that make digital workplaces possible and we will explore two new Microsoft applications that are designed to change work processes. The first is Sway, an application designed to allow users to make high quality, speedy and interactive presentation content which is shared broadly on the internet. This post demonstrates how Sway works by sharing the presentation through an iframe, one of the HTML5 features that supports interactive media content. Feel free to explore the sample presentation below. Note: none of this content is mine, it is all curated by the Nova Scotia Archive and is borrowed strictly for demonstration and learning purposes. You can find the original source of the content here.
Some people think that inaugural posts are really important. I have wanted to start a blog for many years, but have always been hesitant. I think it is because at the best of times I worry about producing high quality work and for a long time suffered with crippling writers block. I think that a lot of graduate students can relate. Scholars are notorious for overthinking things.
Over time, I have learned to manage writers block by designing an environment that forces me to do things. In the case of this blog I committed to preparing “how-to” materials for the Dalhousie University Public Scholars Program. The final result of this work is in a series of videos on getting started with WordPress, which feature this website. This series is designed to be specific to some of the unique needs of scholars who want to start writing their own blog.