I am excited to be part of a diverse panel of video creators at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) 2019 conference next week. While not a focus of the presentation I want to share the unintended lessons from working with Jason Toal, Jeff Tranchemontagne, Jon Fulton, Sidney Shapiro, and a student I have not met yet (still being confirmed). We went from a simple panel idea to quite an elaborate product: Mentimeter, a catch box microphone plus a website. The plan may have been too awesome.

Screenshot of the “How to Interact” slide.

This is quite a creative (and busy) team. My favourite creative activity was developing that title. That was a lot of fun! Our diverse video experience and perspectives will make for quite a good conversation on Wednesday.

The Website

I like making websites because they are a great take-home for audiences. Please, I beg you, check out the website (it is just missing a couple of documents) and let me know what you think. It was quite a production. I have created websites for presentations before but this one turned into a larger project than I anticipated. I struggled and struggled with the way the homepage worked. Every other page was fine but on this page, fonts were hard to control – all in different styles and no one could fix it.

After getting frustrated, failing, and giving up a light bulb randomly went on as I was writing this blog. I got creative. I did learn a lot about HTML in the process so the time was not completely wasted. However, in retrospect, I should have either changed the theme or given up much sooner.

Screenshot of me desperate for help click here for the community post in context.

Next time … when I run into impossible website themes I will give up earlier. I need to set time limits for this kind of thing instead of spending hours trying to edit code I don’t understand.

Outlook is Awesome

As the ring-leader/organizer of the group I learned that configuring Outlook to show different time zones can be really useful. No more trying to calculate time differences while I am away.


Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit http://nursekillam.com/.


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