FAQs for Traci's Classes http://faq.tracigardner.com Answers to All The Things! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 What is fair use? http://faq.tracigardner.com/what-is-fair-use/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 05:47:28 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=316 Fair use is a legal concept that describes when it is acceptable to use works protected by copyright. Fair use is determined by four principles, which you can read more about in your textbook:

  • How will the work be used? Is it for commentary, education, research, etc.? Will someone profit financially from it?
  • What kind of work is it? In particular, has it been published?
  • How much of the work will be used? All of it? Most of it? A little of it?
  • How will the use effect the sales of the original? Will people still buy/use the original?

Use the flowchart on Can I Use that Picture? The Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images, from Curtis Newbold, to decide if you your use of a source is fair use.

Use the Fair Use Evaluator, from the American Library Association, for a thorough analysis and to write a justification of your use.

How do I decide if I can use an image (or other resource)? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-decide-if-i-can-use-an-image-or-other-resource/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 04:20:23 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=314 You have to consider how the image (or other resource) is licensed. If the image is protected by copyright, you can only use it if it falls under fair use. Use one of the American Library Association tools to determine if the image is protected by copyright and whether your way of using the image is fair use.

If the image has a Creative Commons license, you must follow the terms of the license. Some owners will ask only that you include attribution. Others include stipulations on how and where you can use the image. Use these Best Practices for Attribution to guide the information you include in your citations.

The image below outlines all the possible Creative Commons licenses:
Creative Commons Polska
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Where can I find more help with Canvas? http://faq.tracigardner.com/where-can-i-find-more-help-with-canvas/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:56:47 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=298 Find additional FAQs on the Getting Started with Canvas as a Student article on the Canvas website.

You can find help for Canvas 24/7 by using the Help link on the Canvas site and in the Canvas: Getting Started for Students article.

How do I know if I have a Discussion peer review to complete? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-a-discussion-peer-review-to-complete/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:37:05 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=296 Find the answer to the question “How do I know if I have a Discussion peer review to complete?” in the Canvas help.

How Do I Embed Prezi or Haiku Deck on WordPress.com? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-embed-prezi-on-wordpress-com/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:39:32 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=278 Bad news. You cannot. Both tools use iframes, which are not allowed on the WordPress.com site.

You can link to the Prezi or Haiku Deck. If you want to make the page include a graphic, you can take a screenshot of your first slide, and then make that image link to the presentation site.

You’d wind up with something like this:


How do I embed Google Slides on WordPress.com? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-embed-google-slides-on-wordpress-com/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:01:57 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=275 You can use Google’s embed code to add a Google Slide presentation (or any other file on your Google Drive) to your WordPress.com. There are full instructions in WordPress’s documentation.

How Do I Embed PowerPoint on WordPress.com? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-embed-powerpoint-on-wordpress-com/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:12:32 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=219 WordPress.com does not allow you to embed PowerPoint directly. You can upload your PowerPoint presentation as Media (like adding an image), and add a link to your PowerPoint. It won’t show up on your WordPress page however.

To include the presentation itself on the page, you can use one of the following methods:

Visit the Slideshare.net site:

You will need to either create a login or login by connecting to LinkedIn or Facebook:


Once you have logged in, click the Upload button in the upper right corner:


On the Upload page, click the Upload button. Leave the setting as Public.


Navigate to the PowerPoint file on your machine, and click Open:


Wait while the file uploads and is processed. Be sure to add a Category and Description (they’re required). Click Save & Continue:


Copy the embed code from the middle of the next screen:


Go to the WordPress page where you want the presentation to appear. Click on the Text tab on the right (rather than the Visual tab), and paste the embed code in. Publish your page.


Once your page is published (or saved), you will see the shortcode for your SlideShare presentation. WordPress.com automatically converts the embed code to this format:


View your WordPress page. The PowerPoint presentation will show up on the page, as shown here:


NOTE: you can find some additional details on using SlideShare in the WordPress.com documentation.

How do I take a screenshot? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-take-a-screenshot/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:06:10 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=211 On Mac

Use Command + Shift + 3. The screenshot usually shows up on your Desktop, with a name like “Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.29.31 AM.” You can edit the image (crop it, etc.) if you like.

You can also use Grab, which will let you select a specific portion of the screen (rather than the whole page). If you have Mac OS X v10.4 or newer, find Grab under the File menu in Preview now has a Grab submenu in the File menu. Otherwise, look for Grab in the Applications folder and then in the Utilities folder.

On Windows

On Windows 8, use Windows Key + Print Screen. On Windows 7, use Print Screen and then paste the image into an image editor.

You can also use the Snippings Tool (also on Windows 7), which will let you select a specific portion of the screen (rather than the whole page).

Additional Tools

For more sophisticated screenshots as well as screen capture videos, you can try Jing, which is free for both Mac and Windows, or Skitch, which is free for Mac, Windows, and iPhone.

How do I copy a Google Drive document? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-copy-a-google-drive-document/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:56:49 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=207
  • Open the document you want to copy. (If it asks you to login, use your vt.edu email to login.)

  • Under the File menu, choose Make a Copy command. Give the file a new name if you like in the box that pops up:

  • Click the OK button, and Google Docs will open a version of the document with the name you have chosen.

  • You can probably find the file later by going to the top folder in your Google Drive (in other words, My Drive). If you have trouble, use the search tool to look for the file on your main Google Drive. Once you find it, you can find the name of the folder that it is in after the filename (indicated by the mouse pointer in the example below):

    How do I dress for my oral presentation? http://faq.tracigardner.com/how-do-i-dress-for-my-oral-presentation/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:40:28 +0000 http://faq.tracigardner.com/?p=172 There’s no need to dress formally for your presentations. The regular clothes you wear to class are fine. Just use common sense, and avoid anything that your be distracting or somehow undercut your credibility.

    Your Colorful Pajama Pants

    Your Tutu

    Your Bacon Suit or Hula Skirt

    Your Unusual Hat

    Your Civil War Reenactment Uniform

    Your Moon Landing Suit

    Your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume

    Your Bunny Suit

    Your Cosplay Clothes

    Your UVA Fan Clothes