All Courses: Introduction

All Courses: Introduction webadmin Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:45


This 'chapter' contains several introductory sections common to several of my classes, e.g., Bio, Resources, Navigation, Handouts.

All Courses: Introduction: Resources

All Courses: Introduction: Resources webadmin Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:23

This Site

  • browsersThese online pages will be used for course presentation & resources (including additional article references and reviews), and will be updated each time I offer the course. The course link (URL) is in the course catalog, will usually be emailed to registered students, and can be found under the "OLLI Courses" menu item at top, or directly:
  • This online version allows you to preview the course before registering, and to explore items (articles, web sites) that we skim/skip or that you miss, or want to refer to later; it also allows me to update the course easily with new or revised items. It's scalable and mobile-friendly for smaller screens. See Navigation section: menus, search, sizing, slideshows. If you need a paper (or pdf) version, see Handouts section.
  • I plan to keep these pages available (and updated for current courses) for the foreseeable future. However, you should be able to locate current & earlier versions on the Internet Archive (aka Wayback Machine); also, How to copy a whole website before it vanishes 5/23/2016


  • For most topics, I generally provide a References section, with links to Wikipedia, HowStuffWorks, New York Times, and other sources -- these are good starting points, though certainly not the only ones, for further exploration.
  • Newest articles usually appear at top of Reference sections; some older articles may be less useful / relevant for more recent versions of systems or apps.
  • I usually recheck validity of links prior to teaching a course. However, the web is in constant flux, so if you encounter an error or 'broken link', please let me know the article name or link -- and the course page where you found it.
  • Some sites may limit article access by requiring login or subscription, by
    • imposing a monthly quota (you may be able to bypass some quotas or a 'paywall' temporarily via private browsing, or by clearing cookies),
    • requiring you to disable your adblocker (i.e., whitelist their site),
    • or discouraging private browsing.
  • Any images or other media provided on this site are for instructional/personal use and should not be redistributed.

All Courses: Introduction: Navigation

All Courses: Introduction: Navigation webadmin Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:20

topics xwdThere are several options for viewing and navigating these pages.

Top of page

  • left: Home | OLLI Courses | Software | Enneagram
  • select "OLLI Courses" from dropdown menu
  • to select a main section, select its same-named subsection
  • 'finger scroll' for long menus
  • left: Home > Search: locate pages within site; specific words yield best (fewest) results
  • left: Home > Contact: send me a message using a form
  • left ("breadcrumb trail"): Home >> OLLI >> All Courses: Introduction
  • i.e., menu path: site (home page) >> main 'book' (e.g., all OLLI courses) >> current chapter (usually course) >> current section > ...
  • click on a title to navigate to 'higher' element in hierarchy
  • right (header): +A / A / -A buttons: increase/reset/decrease size of text content elements; see Page Size

Bottom of page

  • zen gpsleft; '<': previous section
  • center; 'up': up a level
  • right; '>': next section
  • > left: previous section (or on section pages, 'chapter')
  • Printer-friendly version: see print a page

Page Size

  • To increase/reset/decrease size of text content elements (not menus, images):
  • +A / A / -A buttons (at upper right, below the Search box)
  • To increase the size of page elements (menu, text, images), use your browser's Zoom command:
  • macOS: Safari > View > Zoom In or: cmd-+; decrease: Zoom Out / cmd--
  • macOS: Firefox > View > Zoom > In
  • macOS: Chrome > View > Zoom In
  • iOS: Safari -- stretch/pinch gesture, though this can require scrolling to view an expanded page
  • iOS: Select "reader view" icon (to left of URL address) to display a plainer version of page (with somewhat larger text)
  • However, this omits top menu, 'breadcrumb' trail, and bottom book navigation links.
  • Toggle same icon to exit reader view, and navigate to other course pages.
  • [2] iOS: Add your own "+/-" commands to the bookmark bar area
  • Change the Font Size of Web Pages in Safari for iOS with Bookmarklets 5/22/2012

Image Size

  • To view larger version of an image, open it in a new tab or window
  • macOS: Safari > (ctrl-click image) > Open Image in New Tab/Window
  • macOS: Firefox > (ctrl-click image) > View Image
  • macOS: Chrome > (ctrl-click image) > Open Image in New Tab
  • iOS: Safari > (press image) > Copy; "+" (new tab) > Paste (address)
  • Win: right-click image (for menu)
  • external links (arrow icon suffix), e.g., Apple
  • internal links (cursor change, status bar), e.g., Top section
  • quotes, jokes: click on "..." (or "=" on some pages) to reveal more,
    e.g., "I may not have gone where I intended to go, ...
  • If you plan to print a page, expand any of these that you want visible.
  • To find text within the current page, use your browser's Find command
  • macOS: Safari > address bar: enter text; popup menu (end): Find "text" on This Page
  • macOS: Safari > Edit > Find > Find or: cmd-F
  • macOS: Firefox > Edit > Find
  • macOS: Chrome > Edit > Find > Find
  • iOS: Safari > address bar: enter text; popup menu (end): On This Page > Find "text"



  • This site contains some interactive crossword puzzles.
  • Clues/direction can be chosen via tapping or cursor keys
  • Use keyboard to enter answers
  • The top of each puzzle page lists any special buttons, i.e., Check, Reveal

All Courses: Introduction: Handouts

All Courses: Introduction: Handouts webadmin Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:27


  • You can review the 'slides' and references for this course by browsing these web pages.
  • Since these course web pages are dynamic (and lengthy), there are no paper handouts.


  • You can make your own offline version: for printer, or a .pdf for computer, tablet, or eReader.
  • If you want to see Interactive elements, e.g., partial quotes/jokes..., crossword clues=, manually expand each before printing.
  • To print a particular page, e.g.:
    [via menu] OLLI Courses > Be Safer on the Internet > Introduction > Topics
    [via URL]
  • Click on "Printer-friendly version" (link at bottom right of page) to create a simpler page format without header, menu, footer; it includes any subsections -- this may take a little while to generate
  • Page width may affect layout of images.
  • Note: after each (sub)section's title, there's currently an extra line showing the title and date last modified
  • (browser) > File > Print
  • If you want only the presentation part of the topic -- and not all of the References, or other subsections (in a higher-level section), review / adjust page range before hitting the Print button!
  • To print the entire course, go to the main (top) page for the course, e.g.:
    [menu] OLLI Courses > Be Safer on the Internet
  • Click "Printer-friendly" link at bottom right -- this will include all pages in the course
  • (browser) > File > Print
  • Depending on your skill and OS, you might be able to select "PDF" as your print destination
  • macOS: (print window) > PDF (menu at lower left) > Save PDF
  • iOS: (share icon) > Save PDF to iBooks