Math Department Webpages

I read a blog a little while back on “The Importance of Being ‘clickable’ ” on the Dangerously Irrelevant Blog. It got me thinking that our department has lots of information, but the ‘clickability’ of it was not that good.

The last few weeks I’ve been rebuilding our department webpages to include information that our students might like to have. Tonight I thought to myself “I wonder if I can create a nice graphical interface for the main math page, and I was able to do it with SnagIt/Flash. Here it is. I’m really proud of it… it’s got mouseover links and everything!

Here’s what I have done on the web for our department and links to those pages:

I’m hoping to also get these up soon:

  • WebAssign help page for students
  • MyMathLab help page for students
  • more on the Math Study Skills page
  • Intermediate Algebra Review Page
  • Online Math Class help page

Any other suggestions? Is there something I’ve missed?

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How to do Mouseovers using Snagit

What’s a mouseover? It’s when you hover your mouse over an image, and text appears that is associated with the image. Technically, you could also call these “interactive hotspots.”

Here is a simple example I made to tell my students what the various links in WebAssign do. Hover your mouse over the links at the top (Home, My Assignments, Grades, Communications, Calendar) and you will get a description of what each one does… and a few other spots on the page.

I’ve just discovered (read your SnagIt emailed newsletters) that SnagIt can create Flash-based image files (swf files) with mouseovers. Watch the Techsmith screencast to see how.

I think I will begin using this for graphs… you know, when you write (a,f(a)) or (x,f(x)) or (x+h, f(x+h)) to go with a point? Well, I could make the points interactive hotspots and have the text associated with that point pop up! Cool!

I’m sure there are actually better uses… I just haven’t thought of them yet… got any suggestions?

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