Clark College Indy: Computer Technology Professor’s Bot Boosts Accessibility

Computer Technology instructor Bruce Elgort has created a software application geared towards improving the accessibility and navigation of course content. The application is a question and answer bot incorporated into Slack, a communication platform that Elgort uses with his courses

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Transparency In Learning and Teaching (TiLT) Template

In my classes at Clark College, I’ve adopted the Transparency in Learning and Teaching methodology for assignments (TiLT). It has proven to be very effective and students really enjoy having assignments formatted using it.

I’ve created a template for you to use which you can find here on GitHub. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Winter 2022 – Tenure Track Student Evaluations

Last week I received the evaluations that students filled out towards the end of the Winter 2022 quarter. I’ve been keeping a graph of the data and wanted to share it. Tenure-Track candidates at Clark College are evaluated every quarter.
I’ve also taken all of the written comments and created a tag cloud.

Create clickable transcripts from closed-caption files

One of the things that I have wanted to do for a while was to have a clickable closed caption file for my students. This page can then be placed into the Canvas learning management system and the video recording from Zoom.

The site I developed is for use with Panopto. Future versions of the site will include support for other video platforms.

Here’s the link to the site: https://tools.bruceelgort.com/captions2html

If you use and like it, please drop me an email or leave a comment.

Where to find Bruce at Clark College Winter 2020

Here are the courses I’m teaching during the Winter 2020 quarter:

  • CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming & Problem-Solving in SHL 125 (Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM
  • CTEC 127 – PHP and SQL 1 in SHL 125 (Monday & Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM)
  • CTEC 270 – Web and Interface Design 1 in AA4 103 (Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:50 PM)
  • CTEC 293 – Web Skills Portfolio (online)

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

  • 9:30 – 10:15 AM in SHL 127
  • or by appointment

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM in SHL 127
  • or by appointment

Where to Find Bruce at Clark College – Fall 2018

Classes I am teaching:

  • CGT 205 – Web Design 1
  • CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (Python)
  • CTEC 122 (online) – HTML Fundamentals
  • CTEC 165 – Business Web Practices

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 2:00 – 3:45 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 4:00 – 5:50 PM CTEC 165 in SHL 125 (Monday) / FHL 126 (Wednesday)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 1:00 – 3:50 PM CTEC 121 – Into to Programming and Problem-Solving in SHL 124
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 6:00 – 8:50 PM CGT 205 – Web Design 1 in AA4103

Clark College Course Schedule

And that’s a wrap! Thank you, Clark College Business Web Practices speakers!

I’m very thankful for all of the guest speakers who took time from their busy schedules to spend a few hours talking with students in the Business Web Practices class at Clark College. Each of you made an impact on each and every student, which I know they really appreciated.

  • Aaron Hockley: Photography & WordCamp Speaker
  • Peter Ramsing: Software Developer and Project Leader Veelo
  • Jane Croft: Quality Assurance Senior Analyst/Manager, Anthem
  • Callie Carroll: User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • Dave Barcos: Founder – The Bridge Incubator
  • Christine Watson: Project Manager, Formations Design Group, LLC
  • Fellene Gaylord: Creative in Chief at Sirius Media LLC and Adjunct Professor at Clark College
  • Cheryl Bledsoe: Technology & Accreditation Manager at Clackamas County Communications
  • Jason Wright: Chief Operations Officers, Webfor
  • Dale Chumbley: Realtor and Social Media Pioneer, Real Living Real Estate
  • Adriana Vela: MarketTecNexus, Founder
  • Eliza Greenwood: Freelance Digital Marketer, ESODAS, LLC
  • Sophie Banner: Mission Marketer // Communications Specialist // Creative Strategist, City of Vancouver

Learn more about the speakers and watch videos of their talks.

Also, a big shout out to Tim Cook, Adam Coleman, Chris Martin, Arlo Petersen, William Hafer, Fellene Gaylord, Helen Martin and Robert Hughes for their continued support and encouragement throughout my teaching journey.

That Makes 4 Years

Well, this week marks the end of my 4th full year of teaching classes at Clark College. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I’m working on a longer post which reflects back on my experiences. It’s also incredible how much I have grown personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to teaching this winter and spring and am delivering a brand new course entitled “Programming Essentials” which will focus on learning to program using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.