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PedagogyOnline.com provides tips, tools, techniques, and tricks for transforming eTeaching into eLearning.  On this site you will find articles, software tools, demonstrations, sample assignments and assessments, and links to interesting stories and websites. 

This top page also serves as a collection spot for articles which I post on other blog sites.

There should be a lot of great ideas and tools on this site - hopefully providing you with different ways of looking at your course designs.  As you explore this site, please remember that eLearning is about the activities which help student accomplish their goals (Learning Objectives) for a course through successful completion of the course Assessments.  Don't be too tempted to add in superfluous articles, links, and tools to your course sites -- as these may confuse and delay the learning process for your students.

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James

Excel Reports Setup using VBA Macros

Similar to the prior blog post about standard footers in Word documents, I also created a VBA Macro for Excel which defines my print area, adds headers and footers to the printed pages, sets the first row to repeat on all pages, and add colors to the first row in the spreadsheet (titles).   It also sets the width of all the columns based on the width of the data within the column.

The variables RangeToPrint and HeadingsAtTop are automatically calculated at the time the macro is run - so it works with spreadsheet worksheets of all sizes and shapes.


Here is the code:

Sub StandardReportLayout()
'
' StandardReportLayout Macro
' Autowidth Columns and color top header
'
Dim x As Long, lastCell As Range, RangeToPrint As Range, HeadingsAtTop As Range
x = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count
Set lastCell = Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeLastCell)
Set HeadingsAtTop = Range(Cells(1, 1), Cells(1, x))
Set RangeToPrint = Range(Cells(1, 1), lastCell)

'
HeadingsAtTop.Select
With Selection
.HorizontalAlignment = xlGeneral
.VerticalAlignment = xlBottom
.WrapText = True
.Orientation = 0
.AddIndent = False
.IndentLevel = 0
.ShrinkToFit = False
.ReadingOrder = xlContext
.MergeCells = False
End With
With Selection.Interior
.Pattern = xlSolid
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.ThemeColor = xlThemeColorAccent1
.TintAndShade = 0.599993896298105
.PatternTintAndShade = 0
End With
With Selection.Interior
.Pattern = xlSolid
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.ThemeColor = xlThemeColorLight2
.TintAndShade = 0.799981688894314
.PatternTintAndShade = 0
End With
Selection.Font.Bold = True
ActiveWindow.LargeScroll ToRight:=0
Range("A1").Select
Selection.End(xlToRight).Select
Range(Selection, Cells(ActiveCell.Row, 1)).Select
Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalDown).LineStyle = xlNone
Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalUp).LineStyle = xlNone
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeLeft)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeTop)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeBottom)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeRight)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlInsideVertical)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlInsideHorizontal)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
RangeToPrint.Select

Selection.Columns.AutoFit
ActiveWindow.LargeScroll ToRight:=-1
Columns("A:A").Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlToRight)).Select
Selection.Columns.AutoFit
Range("A1").Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlDown)).Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlToRight)).Select
ActiveSheet.PageSetup.PrintArea = RangeToPrint.Address
Application.PrintCommunication = False
With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.PrintTitleRows = "$1:$1"
.PrintTitleColumns = ""
End With

With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.PrintTitleRows = "$1:$1"
.PrintTitleColumns = ""
End With
Application.PrintCommunication = True
ActiveSheet.PageSetup.PrintArea = RangeToPrint.Address

Application.PrintCommunication = False
With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.LeftHeader = "&Z&F &A"
.CenterHeader = ""
.RightHeader = ""
.LeftFooter = "Page &P of &N - &D &T"
.CenterFooter = ""
.RightFooter = ""
.LeftMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.25)
.RightMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.25)
.TopMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.75)
.BottomMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.75)
.HeaderMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.3)
.FooterMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.3)
.PrintHeadings = False
.PrintGridlines = True
.PrintComments = xlPrintNoComments
.PrintQuality = 600
.CenterHorizontally = False
.CenterVertically = False
.Orientation = xlLandscape
.Draft = False
.PaperSize = xlPaperLetter
.FirstPageNumber = xlAutomatic
.Order = xlDownThenOver
.BlackAndWhite = False
.Zoom = 100
.PrintErrors = xlPrintErrorsDisplayed
.OddAndEvenPagesHeaderFooter = False
.DifferentFirstPageHeaderFooter = False
.ScaleWithDocHeaderFooter = True
.AlignMarginsHeaderFooter = False
.EvenPage.LeftHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.CenterHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.RightHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.LeftFooter.Text = ""
.EvenPage.CenterFooter.Text = ""
.EvenPage.RightFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.LeftHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.CenterHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.RightHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.LeftFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.CenterFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.RightFooter.Text = ""
End With
Application.PrintCommunication = True
End Sub

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Excel Reports Setup using VBA Macros

Similar to the prior blog post about standard footers in Word documents, I also created a VBA Macro for Excel which defines my print area, adds headers and footers to the printed pages, sets the first row to repeat on all pages, and add colors to the first row in the spreadsheet (titles).   It also sets the width of all the columns based on the width of the data within the column.

The variables RangeToPrint and HeadingsAtTop are automatically calculated at the time the macro is run - so it works with spreadsheet worksheets of all sizes and shapes.


Here is the code:

Sub StandardReportLayout()
'
' StandardReportLayout Macro
' Autowidth Columns and color top header
'
Dim x As Long, lastCell As Range, RangeToPrint As Range, HeadingsAtTop As Range
x = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count
Set lastCell = Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeLastCell)
Set HeadingsAtTop = Range(Cells(1, 1), Cells(1, x))
Set RangeToPrint = Range(Cells(1, 1), lastCell)

'
HeadingsAtTop.Select
With Selection
.HorizontalAlignment = xlGeneral
.VerticalAlignment = xlBottom
.WrapText = True
.Orientation = 0
.AddIndent = False
.IndentLevel = 0
.ShrinkToFit = False
.ReadingOrder = xlContext
.MergeCells = False
End With
With Selection.Interior
.Pattern = xlSolid
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.ThemeColor = xlThemeColorAccent1
.TintAndShade = 0.599993896298105
.PatternTintAndShade = 0
End With
With Selection.Interior
.Pattern = xlSolid
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.ThemeColor = xlThemeColorLight2
.TintAndShade = 0.799981688894314
.PatternTintAndShade = 0
End With
Selection.Font.Bold = True
ActiveWindow.LargeScroll ToRight:=0
Range("A1").Select
Selection.End(xlToRight).Select
Range(Selection, Cells(ActiveCell.Row, 1)).Select
Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalDown).LineStyle = xlNone
Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalUp).LineStyle = xlNone
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeLeft)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeTop)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeBottom)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeRight)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlInsideVertical)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
With Selection.Borders(xlInsideHorizontal)
.LineStyle = xlContinuous
.ColorIndex = 0
.TintAndShade = 0
.Weight = xlThin
End With
RangeToPrint.Select

Selection.Columns.AutoFit
ActiveWindow.LargeScroll ToRight:=-1
Columns("A:A").Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlToRight)).Select
Selection.Columns.AutoFit
Range("A1").Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlDown)).Select
Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlToRight)).Select
ActiveSheet.PageSetup.PrintArea = RangeToPrint.Address
Application.PrintCommunication = False
With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.PrintTitleRows = "$1:$1"
.PrintTitleColumns = ""
End With

With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.PrintTitleRows = "$1:$1"
.PrintTitleColumns = ""
End With
Application.PrintCommunication = True
ActiveSheet.PageSetup.PrintArea = RangeToPrint.Address

Application.PrintCommunication = False
With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
.LeftHeader = "&Z&F &A"
.CenterHeader = ""
.RightHeader = ""
.LeftFooter = "Page &P of &N - &D &T"
.CenterFooter = ""
.RightFooter = ""
.LeftMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.25)
.RightMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.25)
.TopMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.75)
.BottomMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.75)
.HeaderMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.3)
.FooterMargin = Application.InchesToPoints(0.3)
.PrintHeadings = False
.PrintGridlines = True
.PrintComments = xlPrintNoComments
.PrintQuality = 600
.CenterHorizontally = False
.CenterVertically = False
.Orientation = xlLandscape
.Draft = False
.PaperSize = xlPaperLetter
.FirstPageNumber = xlAutomatic
.Order = xlDownThenOver
.BlackAndWhite = False
.Zoom = 100
.PrintErrors = xlPrintErrorsDisplayed
.OddAndEvenPagesHeaderFooter = False
.DifferentFirstPageHeaderFooter = False
.ScaleWithDocHeaderFooter = True
.AlignMarginsHeaderFooter = False
.EvenPage.LeftHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.CenterHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.RightHeader.Text = ""
.EvenPage.LeftFooter.Text = ""
.EvenPage.CenterFooter.Text = ""
.EvenPage.RightFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.LeftHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.CenterHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.RightHeader.Text = ""
.FirstPage.LeftFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.CenterFooter.Text = ""
.FirstPage.RightFooter.Text = ""
End With
Application.PrintCommunication = True
End Sub

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Automatic Footers in Word using VBA Macros

I'm in a new office environment in which I'm generating lots of data reports.  One of the things I have found frustrating in other environments is being handed a printed copy of a report and having no idea where the original electronic version is stored. 

This VBA macro can be used to set up a standard footer in your Word documents which includes the full path and filename for the report as well as the current page out of total pages.


Now each time I create a report, I have a simple macro to run which creates a standard footer which shows others where to find the electronic version of my printed reports.

Here is the code
Sub InsertFooter()
' InsertFooter Macro
' Insert a File Footer with filename and page numbers

If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial <> wdPaneNone Then
ActiveWindow.Panes(2).Close
End If
If ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdNormalView Or ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdOutlineView Then
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
End If
'Set the footer
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekCurrentPageFooter
Selection.Font.Size = 9
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="FILENAME \p ", PreserveFormatting:=True
Selection.TypeText Text:=vbTab
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="PAGE ", PreserveFormatting:=True
Selection.TypeText Text:=" of "
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="NUMPAGES ", PreserveFormatting:=True
End Sub

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Automatic Footers in Word using VBA Macros

I'm in a new office environment in which I'm generating lots of data reports.  One of the things I have found frustrating in other environments is being handed a printed copy of a report and having no idea where the original electronic version is stored. 

This VBA macro can be used to set up a standard footer in your Word documents which includes the full path and filename for the report as well as the current page out of total pages.


Now each time I create a report, I have a simple macro to run which creates a standard footer which shows others where to find the electronic version of my printed reports.

Here is the code
Sub InsertFooter()
' InsertFooter Macro
' Insert a File Footer with filename and page numbers

If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial <> wdPaneNone Then
ActiveWindow.Panes(2).Close
End If
If ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdNormalView Or ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdOutlineView Then
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
End If
'Set the footer
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekCurrentPageFooter
Selection.Font.Size = 9
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="FILENAME \p ", PreserveFormatting:=True
Selection.TypeText Text:=vbTab
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="PAGE ", PreserveFormatting:=True
Selection.TypeText Text:=" of "
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="NUMPAGES ", PreserveFormatting:=True
End Sub

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Charts and Guages in Excel

As part of some institutional research, I am exploring ways of using common tools to create "dashboards" for data.

Here are some fun links I've discovered which talk about "hacks" to get speedometer style gauges from your data (mainly using MS Excel).

Gauge Chart using XY Scatter Chart (AndyPope.Info)

Gauge Chart by Overlaying a Pie Chart on a Doughnut Chart (chandoo.org)

Other Dynamic Dashboards (chandoo.org)

Excel Template for Gauge (Microsoft.com)

Other Dashboard Ideas (MyExcelTemplates.com)
James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Charts and Guages in Excel

As part of some institutional research, I am exploring ways of using common tools to create "dashboards" for data.

Here are some fun links I've discovered which talk about "hacks" to get speedometer style gauges from your data (mainly using MS Excel).

Gauge Chart using XY Scatter Chart (AndyPope.Info)

Gauge Chart by Overlaying a Pie Chart on a Doughnut Chart (chandoo.org)

Other Dynamic Dashboards (chandoo.org)

Excel Template for Gauge (Microsoft.com)

Other Dashboard Ideas (MyExcelTemplates.com)
James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Website Accessibility

Recent lawsuits by the National Federation of the Blind against universities with inaccessible websites and course management sites once again raises the importance of universal design.

Here are some links relating to accessibility of websites and academic course web pages.

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Website Accessibility

Recent lawsuits by the National Federation of the Blind against universities with inaccessible websites and course management sites once again raises the importance of universal design.

Here are some links relating to accessibility of websites and academic course web pages.

James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

Facebook adding "remote log out" security

If you're receiving SPAM messages from your Facebook friends, don't blame them entirely. Spammers and hackers are creating applications which are asking Facebook users to enter in their Usernames and Passwords so that they can "authorize" applications and games to post to their pages. Well... once they have the credentials - they take over your account.

Facebook is adding a capability of Remote Log Out - so that you can see all the devices and connections logged into your account and "log out" specific devices and instances. This is also handy for people who store their passwords and then the preying eyes of roommates and family members simply go to Facebook have an automatic "in" to the site under your account.

Check out the article link for more details.
James Falkofske - TechnologyBites.blogspot.com

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