Welcome to the Command Line:

Mick McQuaid



Seen on campus last week

Death by Powerpoint t-shirt


  • started as a hallway convo with James, Elliott, and Abhijit
  • we all need to teach some commandlinefu
  • we reinvent each other’s lectures too often
  • why not develop a set of reusable modules?
  • why not apply for a teaching innovation grant (tig)?

Why CLI?

  • GUIs limit your options
  • GUIs don’t leave an audit trail
  • GUIs are often inaccessible

What’s wrong with CLI?

  • relies on memory
  • relies on correct spelling
  • may rely on arcane installation processes


  • provides some summer support
  • this year, 10/50 projects funded at 3,000USD
  • this project funded as Welcome to the Command Line! Inclusive technical open educational resources
  • what does inclusive mean? What does open educational mean?


  • user testing on underrepresented groups
  • using html and markdown so blind students have a fighting chance of accessing it
  • applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to development, e.g., Fovet (editor) (2021), Gargiulo and Metcalf (2022), Jung (2023)

open educational resources

  • varying definitions of it, e.g., Wiley, Bliss, and McEwen (2014)
  • license (most popular is MIT)
  • availability (as a github repo)
  • flexibility (to use what you want)

Design for social acceptance

DevAsLife Video on Youtube



  • ongoing: add more modules
  • next: add packaging
  • soon: test on Statistics for Informatics students
  • later: make videos


Fovet (editor), Frederic. 2021. Handbook of Research on Applying Universal Design for Learning Across Disciplines: Concepts, Case Studies, and Practical Implementation. Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design. Information Science Reference (IGI Global).
Gargiulo, Richard M., and Debbie Metcalf. 2022. Teaching in Today’s Inclusive Classrooms: A Universal Design for Learning Approach. 4th ed. Cengage Learning.
Jung, Lee Ann. 2023. Seen, Heard, and Valued: Universal Design for Learning and Beyond. Corwin.
Wiley, David, TJ Bliss, and Mary McEwen. 2014. “Open Educational Resources: A Review of the Literature.” In Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology, edited by J. Michael Spector, M. David Merill, Jan Elen, and M. J. Bishop, 781–89. New York, NY, USA: Springer.



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