Excellent to see this newly built, freshly painted garage, & cool Shop Sign, added on to the Connected Courses agora fora! The timing is most propitious, for me, as my syllabus is now approved ( -- don't know if it's of interest to anyone : Creative Critical Reflection : Making a Way for Ouirselves ---- ) a brand-new course I'm invited to teach, as my first semester as adjunct faculty; global hybrid online. Am so inspired to launch a replication of the ConnectedCourses blog/twitter hub with a an adjunct forum. I've shied away from blogging, personally, as I find constructing manuscripts require enough stretches of unbroken concentration as it is ... but now I'm sold, as I've been drafted into academiaville ... and it's so refreshing, empowering, & soothing to see so many swell blogs by so many superb educators ...
Initial question: SERVER
**** What package / tier to sign up for, at ReClaim? CogDog's link refers to a $12 package ( -- probably outdated, just for inflation -- & which might have been for students not teachers ?) .
There's (to-me) bewildering spectrum of options. My needs: I'll be teaching just one (1) course (so far), for 10 (ten) weeks, from January thru March. I'll want to host a wordpress blog that enables (RSS'es?) aggregation of students' blogs into one place, and wch can also display tweets with the course hashtag (yes, just like CCourses) --Plus, I'll add a forum ( Caucus ? ), altho' the campus uses Canvas LMS (also 100% new to me) , which seems to have a forum feature, which I haven't tried yet. Hope to have occasional Group Teleconferences (Google hangout ?) Plus some assignments with wiki, Goodreads, etc.
As I lead a life of voluntary simplicity I wonder what's the least expensive rate, for this ... but maybe I should take that up with ReClaim .... I already like that their help desk is helpful ( facing new tasks or even new websites on the Net often stymies me ... with geekspeak, and a waterfall of choices when all I want is a glass of water... but then I don't have a cell phone/don't drive but cook my own meals, handwrite my manuscripts, etc) ... & swell that they're educators themselves !
(By the way, [BTW],I guess everyone here already knows about Internet Archives as a nonprofit that will archive whatever ... for free, forever ... and with enough files one can get a folder of one's own ...
Then once I have staked out some ReClaim server space, will roll up my sleeves, & dig under the hood, using CogDog's manual, later this week ... See ya on campus !