Using WordPress for a Course Website

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Using WordPress for a Course Website

  1. 1. Using WordPress for a Course Website Jeremy Boggs Creative Lead, CHNM
  2. 2. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Background Web designer and developer WordPress user since 2004 History PhD student, Graduate Lecturer (Similar to an adjunct, but paid even less)
  3. 3. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Hosted or Self-Install? Can do many of the same things with WordPress.com or Edublogs.
  4. 4. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Installing WordPress I’ll assume you know how to do this or can find out on your own.
  5. 5. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Why Use WordPress? - I’m a code geek, like to tinker - WordPress offered simplicity, customization - Openness encouraged me (and the class) to experiment, both with technology and with content.
  6. 6. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Good course website... Makes it easy to access course information Encourages student participation makes it easy for instructor to manage.
  7. 7. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Course Sitemap Plan information architecture and organization of the site.
  8. 8. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Course Sitemap Displa y 10 b Link l to Fac og posts Link eb to arc ook App Searc hi h cour ves Displa se Home y Con site tact In forma tion Requirements Projects Schedule Students Cours Wikip ep ed Requ olicies Cours ia entry Week ly sch Discu ss ew ire Atten d books Blog C eblog from ed datab ule pulled user p with class ro about dance o Movie mments Make ase Link files. Revie sure a . to w readin ll stude individua gs wo links to nt blo gs l Make rk sure t ! works he vCa ! l link
  9. 9. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Courseware WordPress plugin, result of thinking about course management prior to teaching. scholarpress.net
  10. 10. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Course Information
  11. 11. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Schedule Entries
  12. 12. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add/Edit Bibliography Entries
  13. 13. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Assignments
  14. 14. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Assignments
  15. 15. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Assignments Pre-populated with schedule entries
  16. 16. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Assignments Pre-populated with schedule entries
  17. 17. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Add Assignments Pre-populated with schedule entries Pre-populated with bibliography entries
  18. 18. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Course Site
  19. 19. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Course Site
  20. 20. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Public Site
  21. 21. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Public Site
  22. 22. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Courseware and Microformats “...a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.” microformats.org
  23. 23. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website hCal Example
  24. 24. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Subscribe to vCal file
  25. 25. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Subscribe to vCal file
  26. 26. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Subscribe to vCal file Click it!
  27. 27. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Pull Schedule into Calendar App
  28. 28. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Pull Schedule into Calendar App
  29. 29. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Pull Schedule into Calendar App Includes title, date, and assignments in notes
  30. 30. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website WP Book Take course website, put it into a Facebook App...seriously.
  31. 31. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Facebook App
  32. 32. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Facebook App
  33. 33. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Facebook App
  34. 34. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Weblog Update or Die Set an example for students My best course blog: 200+ posts, 500+ comments
  35. 35. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Student Accounts Create a sense of class community Easily track student participation
  36. 36. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Student Groups on Blog
  37. 37. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Student Activity on Blog
  38. 38. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Protect the Students!
  39. 39. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Protect Student List!
  40. 40. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Plugin: Cimy User Extra Fields - Useful to gather things like student interests, bio, major, goals for course, etc. - Also useful to add fields for other services (Flickr, YouTube, SlideShare).
  41. 41. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Extra fields for: - Biography - Image - Website - Twitter - Flickr - AIM
  42. 42. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Plugin: User Roles - Allows you to define and manage new roles and capabilities. - quot;Class Tech Supportquot; level for two students, who provided tech help to classmates for a small class reward. Give them extra permissions.
  43. 43. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Simple Guidelines - Plan site organization - use plugins - Utilize user accounts for students
  44. 44. C Jeremy Boggs, WordCamp Ed 08 Using WordPress for a Course Website Thanks! Questions? Lets Talk More: - clioweb.org - twitter.com/clioweb - brightkite.com/clioweb - slideshare.com/clioweb

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