George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Add Slide to Display Monitors

  • The slide should be a 2400px x 1500px jpg file.
  • If the slide is sent in PowerPoint format, you can either take a screenshot of the slide and crop it to this size, or open in PPT and click File —> Export —> File Format [choose JPG]. This will show you the dimensions of the slide if you export it.
  • Note: If taking a screenshot, first make sure that any words highlighted by spell check are approved so that the red underline does not appear in the image.
  • If it’s not 2400px x 1500px in Export, you can modify the dimensions: Design —> Slide Size —> Page Setup —> Slide Sized For. Choose this dropdown option: “On-screen Show 16:10”.  If you do not see this option, you can choose Slide Size and enter Width=2400px and Height=1500px.
  • Make sure logos follow Branding Guidelines.
  • Make sure everything scaled properly (you may need to resize images and/or realign text) and then export as JPG.
  • Navigate to the Events admin site.
  • In left nav bar, choose Soliloquy
  • Click on the Soliloquy Slider named “Images Slider”
  • In “Drag and Drop Files to Upload”, click “Select Files from Your Computer”
  • Upload the 2400px x 1500px jpg file
  • It make take a minute to load, but the slide will appear in “Currently in Your Slider”. It will automatically be placed at the end of the current slide rotations (drag and move it to a different spot in the rotation).
  • To set the start and stop date for when you want the slide to play, click on the blue box with the pencil icon in the top right corner of the new slide. Check the “Schedule Slide?” box. Enter a “Start Date” and “End Date”. Make sure to choose the time of day in each. Click Save Metadata.
  • Now that the slide has been added and scheduled, in the Publish box in the top right corner, click Update.
  • Clear the cache (ask Donny for the link).
  • If you added the slide to play immediately, check to see if the slide is playing.
  • Create Course Schedule HTML Table Using R

    Referenced in steps below: Course Schedule Instructions.

    1. Save a copy of the original Excel file to come back to later for the Notes sections.
    2. Open up the original Excel file, merge multiple faculty into one row, then delete all the empty rows.
    3. Make sure columns are identical to the column names in script (do not include Room Number or First Name of Instructor). Delete hidden columns (Room Number, First Name of Instructor, etc.). Make sure column names match these: CRN#, CRS#, SEC, Course Title, Instructor, Cr Hr, Days, Time, Room, Exam Date, Exam Time
    4. Make sure footnotes are standardized, e.g., (E) and not (E ) with a space (Update: script has been updated to account for this)
    5. Remove all rows that are not the table header (first row) or the courses.
    6. Save DAY and EVE sheets each as two new csvs by highlighting all cells with data and copying/pasting them into a new file/save as csv (to avoid extra blank columns that may be present by saving entire sheet). Do not open them (especially in Excel) once they are saved, because this may change how the Section numbers are interpreted and may cause 001 to be 1, and so forth.
    7. The R code below covers Steps 2 – 6 in Course Schedule Instructions to create the HTML table.
    8. In R code, update the “dayNotes” variable to match the number of Day Notes. Update the file paths/names for input files and output file.
    9. Paste output into an HTML editor. Copy and paste notes from the copy of the original Excel file to the bottom of the HTML page.
    10. Once everything looks good, paste into MODX.

    Adding a New Gravity Form in WordPress

    Steps for adding a new Gravity Form in WordPress:

    1. In WordPress nav bar, choose Forms (with Gravity Forms logo), then choose New Form
    2. Add Fields and update Field Settings (e.g., make a field required). Save Form and Preview it (top right)
    3. At the top of the Form Editor are Settings and Entries. Completed form submissions are located in Entries. In Settings are Form Settings, Confirmations, and Notifications:
      • Form Settings may be adjusted as needed
      • Confirmations are what the user sees after submitting the form. Defaults to Text and may be updated to Text, Page, or Redirect (use Redirect to send user to an external page after submitting the form). Conditional logic is also possible
      • Notifications are sent to admin by default when a form has been submitted (this includes tests in Preview). In Admin Notification, update ‘Send to Email’ field to update email address that will receive a notification when a form is submitted. Update other fields if needed. If needed, Configure Routing to send notifications conditionally based on form Field responses (be sure to update the ‘Any/All’ dropdown to reflect the desired logic)
    4. Create a Page for the form by clicking Pages, then Add New in left nav bar
    5. In the new page, add a title, which will autogenerate a permalink (editable)
    6. In the new page, add a shortcode to the Paragraph section to display the Gravity Form on the page. Copy shortcode from an existing page, replacing “ID” with the ID of the new Gravity Form (found in Forms area; see #1 above)
    7. Preview, then Publish page when ready. Share form via permalink (see #5 above)