Welcome to Humanizing Tech/nology

Humanizing Tech/nology is a unique inter-disciplinary research and teaching space intersecting the Humanities and STEM disciplines at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The Humanities are perfectly situated to collaborate with STEM disciplines to humanize technology and to provide a human element to STEM products and dissemination, while the STEM disciplines bring an understanding of the natural world and technology. Through this cooperation, the Humanities provide an understanding of human need that can inform and enhance technology.

We welcome NMT faculty, students, and staff to participate in either of the two Clusters (see under Groups) or suggest a new one. We also welcome off-site professionals from the Humanities or the STEM disciplines.

– Barbara Bonnekessen

 

Tips for using this site

Just a few notes to help people use the web site. For those of you familiar with WordPress sites, this won’t be news to you, although our implementation does require some explanation.

REGISTERING

While you can view the material at the site, http://blogs.nmt.edu/digitalhumanities, without registering and logging in, to make posts or comment on posts you must be logged in. When entering the site you’ll see “Please create an account to get started” above the login box at the top of the right column. Click that link or click the “Register” link in the top toolbar. After you fill out the registration form, you’ll be sent an email confirming the registration, Click the link on the email to be taken back to the site where you will be told that registration is completed. Log in to access the complete site. You now will have full editor status on the site.

PROFILE

After logging in, you can access your profile from two places: By clicking the “Howdy [your name here] link in the upper right of the page, and by using the link on the left menu in the Dashboard. Enter as much as you want to share; I recommend uploading a photo of yourself which will be shown with each of your posts.

DASHBOARD

You’ll see a link to the Dashboard when you mouseover the “Humanizing Tech/nology” link in the top toolbar. The dashboard is the backend of the site and here you have access to a number of functions, including creating and editing pages, posts, and events. You can also access all of these functions from the “New,” “Edit Page,” and “Events” links in the top toolbar. There is also a “Dashboard” tab on the main navigation.

POSTING AND COMMENTING

You can enter material in three places: pages, posts, and comments. COMMENTS you enter by clicking on a comments link below a post; if there are no comments, click on the “No comments” link. You’ll find these links on the front end of the site.

At the top of the web page, in the toolbar, you’ll see a “New” link. Hover over the link and you see that you can create new pages or posts. PAGES are presently used for pages of links within the “Library tab.” Some pages allow for commenting. When you create a page, a tab link to it is automatically created on the main navigation menu as well as in the “Pages on this site” list in the right column of the site.

When you create a POST, how it is displayed depends on what category you place it in. The “Add New Post” pages that appears when you click New/Post has an area for selecting one or more categories. You can use the categories already created or create your own. Posts using the “Cluster I” category appear on the “Cluster I Forum” link, under the Cluster I drop-down tab on the main page. The same for the “Cluster II” category.

Any category page of posts, called an “archive”, can have a “STICKY” posting on it — that is, a post, usually introductory material, that stays at the top of the list of posts. All other posts will be placed under that sticky post, with the most recent first. To create a sticky post, use the “Category Sticky” tool on the post creation/editing screen on the Dashboard.

Posts that use other categories can be accessed by clicking on the category link user the “Post Categories” heading in the left-hand column on the main page. If you wish to have posts that you created with a new category appear on their own page, accessed from the main menu, let me know.

Categories and tags — key names also found on the new/edit post page– are great ways to manage and organize material and allow for accurate searches. Posts with specific tag names be found from the tag list on the right-hand column of the site.

CREATING LEAD-INS TO POSTS

So that more posts show on a page, it’s a good idea to include just the first section of a post by inserting the “Inserting More Tag” control found in the editing controls. It’s in the top row of the editing controls; mouse over to read the tooltips. When the user reading the post clicks on the “Read the rest of this entry” link they get a page with the entire posting.

Let me know you have any other questions. HAPPY POSTING!

– Iver Davidson