Has anybody used WordPress before?How do people feel about using WordPress to create a Website?
Collaborative class websites & blogs – share materials, news, downloads, links and more…Facilitate online discussions and collaboration
We've found it useful at Open Days to direct people to the blog whilst they wait to hear about their application or for parents to see what kind of enhancements we’re doing etc.
Blogging with WordPress
Blogging with WordPress
Daniel Mackley & Phil Vincent
Technology Enhanced Learning Advisors
WordPress is a online platform that allows you
to (individually or collaboratively) create
websites and blogs.
It’s free to use and everybody at YSJ has access
to their own WordPress site.
8+ ways to use blogs in Teaching
LSE Centre for Learning Technology / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Commentary and Expert Analysis
Blogs are an ideal tool for disseminating regular
commentary and opinion. These blogs might be
written by a single author or several; multiauthor blogs in particular can provide an
opportunity for sharing and expanding impact.
News and Announcements
This covers a variety of uses: departmental
news, service updates, events or the latest
information on a specific theme.
Supporting Research Projects
A website is a common requirement for funded
research projects. Blogs make an ideal tool for
recording the process and disseminating
Students can use blogs to support and develop
their learning. These blogs are often reflective
and might be private, shared with a teacher or
This could be a group blog for a course involving
teachers and / or students using it to share
information and discuss the course. Learning
communities can also be more loosely
connected networks involving many individuals
reading and commenting on each other’s blogs
around a common theme.
Blogs can be used by university staff and
students as an alternative to a traditional
Many blogs are developed specifically to share
resources with their community.
Blogs can be used to develop a
‘publication’. Commenting allows readers and
collaborators to discuss each other’s
contributions or annotate a text.
Other uses of WordPress
Collaborative class websites & blogs
Online textbook / class publications
Online Portfolio / reflective writing
Soft marketing tool – share course insights to
perspective students & parents
• Create websites for clubs, students
groups, events, sports teams or just about any other
type of group
• Get feedback or gather information on the course
(comments, forums, forms)
Accessing your website
You can find your own personal website space by
going to this URL and logging in with your YSJ IT
username and password: http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk
Thereafter, you can access your own website space
directly by using the following URL:
http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/[insert your IT Username]