Monday, February 20, 2023

How to Make a Mini Course

The Internet is not lacking for tools to create online courses. I've tried a lot of them over the years. The bad ones force you to become an expert on how to use their platforms before you can publish your own courses. The good ones make it easy for you to develop and publish a course without having to learn any complicated programs. Mini Course Generator is a good one that I recently tried for the first time. 

Mini Course Generator enables you to quickly create an online course from scratch or by following one of their simple templates. Whichever option you choose, the building of your course is done in the same manner. You build your course in a series of index card-like frames. Within each frame you can include images, text, video, and questions (open response or multiple choice). When you have finished building your course you can embed it in your existing website or you can publish it at its own URL provided by Mini Course Generator. Watch my short video that is embedded below to see how easy it is to create a course with Mini Course Generator. 

Video - How to Create a Mini Course

Applications for Education
I'm planning to use Mini Course Generator create a little course to supplement an in-person professional development workshop that I'm running in a few weeks. The course content will include a recap of what was covered in the workshop and some suggested activities for further learning. 

How to Use the Google Authenticator App With Twitter

In what appears to be an on-going quest to drive users away, late last week Elon Musk Twitter announced that it would soon start charging for two factor account authentication done via text messaging (SMS). That doesn't mean that you won't be able to use two-factor authentication for free, it just means that you'll have to do it through a method that doesn't require the use of text messaging. One free option is to use the Google Authenticator app for Android or the Google Authenticator app for iOS

It's easiest to use two devices (your phone and a laptop) to set-up two-factor authentication on Twitter via the Google Authenticator app. Then  you'll first need to install the app on your phone. You'll then need to navigate to your Twitter security settings and open the option for two-factor authentication. In Twitter settings for two-factor authentication select "authenticator app." When you make that selection a QR code will appear on your screen. Use the Google Authenticator app to scan the QR code to generate a six-digit code to enter on Twitter. Once you've done that, your set-up of two-factor authentication for your Twitter account is complete. 

If the preceding paragraph seemed a little complicated, watch this video for a short overview of how to use the Google Authenticator app for two-factor authentication of your Twitter account. 

Video - How to Use the Google Authenticator App to Verify Your Twitter Account