Make a series of static pages so you can post any reading material, assignments, or lecture, or lectures you have created for the course.
Turn off the comments on these page as well, as you are simply presenting material for the students to access.
WordPress allows you to set a hierarchy for presenting the pages, so set this page with the previous page as its parent page. That way this page will not show up on the top menu bar, but it will appear under the Course Content page in the list of pages on the navigation.
Use one new page for each discussion question and leave the comments area open. This is where the action of the class will be.
Set each discussion page with the appropriate Section page as its parent so it only appears in the list of pages under the appropriate section. Title each page with the number of the Discussion Question (DQ1, DQ2, etc.)
Your students will be able to easily navigate the different areas of the course this way. Set a password for every page, using the same one as the parent page. This will allow students to move around in each section without having to re-enter passwords.
Set up one final page, this one without a parent page so it will appear in the top menu bar. Title this one Introductions or Intros and Chat.
This is another discussion thread but one that can be accessed anytime during the course, so be sure to use the same password as on the home page.
Post a note asking students to introduce themselves and let them know that this is the area where they can chat with their classmates about any off-topic subjects just as if they were meeting in the hall before class.
Post your own short introduction on this page so students can get to know you.
Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access.
People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is editing, and you always control who has access