MUniversity of Minnesota

September 01, 2006

Podcasts and Templates

• Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice summer. UThink is still humming along, as is the relatively new UThink Techincal FAQ Wiki. If you haven't visited the UThink Wiki, it has some great posts on Layout and Customization, UThink Functionality, and Troubleshooting. And since it is a Wiki, you all have access to add and modify the content. Just login and share your wisdom.

Recently, we had someone do just that regarding podcasting. Kurtis Scaletta of the Digital Media Center wrote a wonderful "how to" concerning podcasting on UThink. If you are interested, point your browser in this direction:

This fantastic write up covers making UThink work for podcasts (which is pretty easy), and how to specifically get your podcast ready for iTunes. Again, take a look at it and if you have anything to add by all means please do! Thanks Kurtis!

• Secondly, a whole bunch of new templates/styles have been added to the Stylecatcher to help you change the look of your blog into, hopefully, something more appealing. There are now about 75 different templates to choose from.

If you've never used the Stylechanger, and you would like to move off the default blue template, just follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to UThink.
  2. Enter the blog you'd like to change the template for.
  3. Click on "Templates" in the left hand menu for your blog.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you find the section header "Plugin Actions."
  5. Click on "Select a Design using StyleCatcher."


From there you can select from many different styles to use for your blog:


And many more. Also, is anyone interested in helping create a set of U of M templates to put in the Stylecatcher? I would love some help! If you are interested please let me know at

• Finallly, over the summer many of you have requested plugins or other add-on functionality to UThink. I'm sorry that I don't have better news for you, but as of today very few of these requests have been completed. Development time is at a premium concerning UThink and the project competes with a lot of other library projects that also require programming skill and time. Please be assured that I am keeping track of all the requests, and I'm prioritizing these requests for the next development phase for UThink. I just wanted to apologize that things can sometimes take so long.

Thanks everyone. As always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

Posted by snackeru at September 1, 2006 02:44 PM