MARK KOBERLEIN

Professor of Interactive Design & Animation at Northampton Community College. Professional pixel pusher and amateur Japan tour guide.

MARK KOBERLEIN

Professor of Interactive Design & Animation at Northampton Community College. Professional pixel pusher and amateur Japan tour guide.

Our 2020 House Fire

by Mark on January 3, 2021

This is a little dated but I thought I would finally post something about the house fire we had last July. Even though I don't like to be too public about my family or personal life, I want this website to be collection of stories about personal and professional life. Also, with the desire to leave 2020 in the past here is something that I should be public about so that I can continue to move on from it. The following is a post that I made on Facebook for family and friends. As most of you…

Working on Moving All of My Course Content Away from Blackboard and onto My Website

by Mark on January 2, 2021

Ask almost any college professor who has to use Blackboard what do think about it, I bet you won't get a positive response. Blackboard is a true Dinosaur in the Learning Management Software space. It's big, bulky, and old. Faculty and students have to deal with it and I'm tired of dealing with it myself. I do like the grading component of the system but managing course content from semester to semester takes up so much time between and during the semesters. Blackboard does have a newer…

2021 a New Year with New Focus

by Mark on January 1, 2021

Starting the new year, with a new post. I don't feel like complaining about 2020 because I believe there was enough of that in the social zeitgeist leading up to the new year. We all lost a lot, and for my family, our house burned and we lost almost everything, but hey, that's just 2020. Now I want to start the year with more focus and clarity. There are a lot of projects and new initiatives dreamed up or started the previous year. I want the next year to be a building year and put aside the…

Let's Try This Again, Without Wordpress

by Mark on June 4, 2020

For the second post in my revised website, I thought I should journal why the delay in posting to the site and what has been holding me back. No excuse...it's almost been a year! I also needed a second post so that I can push this site live on Firebase and test out the Netlify CMS live editing. I was looking forward to blogging again, posting tutorials, and doing this all on a new web platform that I was learning and building for myself, but life and distractions happen to that got me off track…

Hello World, Once Again

by Mark on September 1, 2019

Getting my personal site back online after a little bit of downtime. The summer is over, the SCAD MFA is finished, and now it’s time to get back to work. Excited about the platform that I’m working to host this site and future client sites. This site using headless WordPress with the Rest API and running statically using Gatsby on the Google Cloud. This system is super fast and really excited about the possibilities for future sites using it. For now, back to work and more to come soon.