Murdoch Blogs TLC277

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Students in TLC277 (University to Work) at Murdoch University are using Wordpress to record their thoughts on our Graduate Attributes and Professionalism. Students in Singapore will be commenting on them.

This is an outline for those students, describing how to use our Murdoch Blogs installation: blogs.murdoch.edu.au

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Murdoch Blogs TLC277

  1. 1. Using Murdoch Blogs TLC277 Kathryn Greenhill http://blogs.murdoch.edu.au/kathryngreenhill August 2008
  2. 2. About you
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>What are blogs? </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Terms and Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons and our blogs </li></ul><ul><li>What not to change </li></ul><ul><li>How to change the theme </li></ul><ul><li>How to upload a custom header image </li></ul><ul><li>How to change the sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>How to make a post </li></ul><ul><li>How to upload an image </li></ul><ul><li>How to embed media from elsewhere.... </li></ul><ul><li>How to make a page </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions to make about your blog </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preconceptions Blogs are Blather about ...
  5. 9. Blogs are also
  6. 11. Conference site <ul><li>http://datamining.it.uts.edu.au/conferences/wi08/?page_id=17 </li></ul>
  7. 13. Curriculum vitae <ul><li>http://www.fionabradley.com/ </li></ul>
  8. 15. e-book <ul><li>http://castleofotranto.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
  9. 17. Instead of powerpoint <ul><li>http://presentingblogs.wordpress.com/ </li></ul>
  10. 19. Dictionary <ul><li>http://moneyterms.co.uk/ </li></ul>
  11. 21. 1. WHAT’S A BLOG ?
  12. 22. What’s a blog ? <ul><li>“ .... a website </li></ul>Wikipedia entry, Blog (Accessed 7 July 2008 - http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blog&oldid=223455162 )
  13. 23. What’s a blog ? <ul><li>“ .... a website, usually maintained by an individual, </li></ul>Wikipedia entry, Blog (Accessed 7 July 2008 - http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blog&oldid=223455162 )
  14. 24. What’s a blog ? <ul><li>“ .... a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. </li></ul>Wikipedia entry, Blog (Accessed 7 July 2008 - http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blog&oldid=223455162 )
  15. 25. What’s a blog ? <ul><li>“ .... a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.” </li></ul>Wikipedia entry, Blog (Accessed 7 July 2008 - http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blog&oldid=223455162 )
  16. 26. What’s a blog ? <ul><li>“ .... a website </li></ul>Wikipedia entry, Blog (Accessed 7 July 2008 - http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blog&oldid=223455162 )
  17. 27. 1.2 ELEMENTS OF A TYPICAL BLOG
  18. 28. A blog is not a series of web pages
  19. 29. A blog is a database. Each post is a record.
  20. 33. Why do people blog in universities? <ul><li>Online “home” </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>See progress through time. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Converse </li></ul><ul><li>Claim ideas first </li></ul><ul><li>Part of network effect </li></ul><ul><li>Human voice </li></ul>
  21. 34. Blogging is often about <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Linking </li></ul><ul><li>Answering comments </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding from other sources </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with other bloggers using other web media </li></ul>
  22. 35. ...so blogging takes ...
  23. 37. Murdoch Blogs Pilot project
  24. 38. http://blogs.murdoch.edu.au/yourblog
  25. 39. Software
  26. 41. Legal Terms and Conditions
  27. 42. Only post things you are have permission to.
  28. 43. Creative Commons
  29. 44. Why Creative Commons? <ul><li>Sometimes you *want* your content to be remixed and reused </li></ul><ul><li>Your content will possibly be remixed and reused anyhow. </li></ul><ul><li>About sharing </li></ul><ul><li>About distribution </li></ul>
  30. 45. <ul><li>Image of CC </li></ul>
  31. 46. Customising your blog
  32. 47. You don’t *have* to change anything
  33. 48. Start here ...
  34. 52. Customising your blog <ul><li>What it does </li></ul><ul><li>Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul>
  35. 54. Change the title and tagline
  36. 57. Customising your blog <ul><li>How it looks </li></ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Sidebar and widgets </li></ul>
  37. 60. Themes
  38. 66. Themes <ul><li>Over 80 themes to choose from </li></ul>
  39. 67. To activate a theme, just click on it.
  40. 69. Themes <ul><li>Look different to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Display different information </li></ul>
  41. 70. Features of Themes
  42. 71. Customisable header images
  43. 75. Sidebar(s)
  44. 85. Widgets
  45. 91. Pages and posts
  46. 93. How to make a post
  47. 97. Title
  48. 99. Wordprocessor style buttons
  49. 103. Add a link
  50. 106. Format text from your clipboard
  51. 108. Use HTML
  52. 110. Other things you can do
  53. 111. Categories and Tags
  54. 113. Save
  55. 115. Preview
  56. 117. Publish
  57. 119. Change publish date
  58. 121. Add an image
  59. 122. Add an image <ul><li>Make sure you are legally allowed to. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for Creative Commons </li></ul>
  60. 123. Two ways <ul><li>1. Upload </li></ul><ul><li>2. Link to a URL </li></ul>
  61. 124. Upload an image from your computer
  62. 127. Insert image from URL
  63. 128. Insert an image from URL <ul><li>1. Find your image and copy its *location* </li></ul><ul><li>This is not the same as the URL in the address bar </li></ul>
  64. 131. Right click on the image
  65. 132. Firefox
  66. 134. Internet Explorer
  67. 139. Embed other media
  68. 140. eg.YouTube.com
  69. 142. Copy the embed code
  70. 144. Write a post and open the HTML tab
  71. 146. Paste in the embed code
  72. 148. Save and the post will look like this:
  73. 150. To write a Page
  74. 153. Manage and Comments
  75. 155. Decisions to make about your blog <ul><li>Define purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Define success </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul>
  76. 156. Decisions to make about your blog <ul><li>Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Image on header </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Name / tagline </li></ul><ul><li>Would you read your own blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Your privacy, others’ privacy </li></ul>
  77. 157. Image credits <ul><li>Jelly Sandwich Heart (Blood Sugar Low?) http://flickr.com/photos/fornal/363700193/ Uploaded on January 21, 2007 by Bob.Fornal </li></ul><ul><li>Baby red http://flickr.com/photos/fofurasfelinas/9357496/ Uploaded on April 14, 2005 by fofurasfelinas </li></ul><ul><li>tight curve http://flickr.com/photos/enigmatic/361525280/in/photostream/ Uploaded on January 18, 2007 by Bashed </li></ul><ul><li>XML is colorful http://flickr.com/photos/willpate/63813414/ Uploaded on November 16, 2005 by Will Pate </li></ul><ul><li>Great Flexibility ! http://flickr.com/photos/khalid-almasoud/474399662/ Uploaded on April 27, 2007 by khalid almasoud </li></ul><ul><li>Time Warp http://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/314372109/ Uploaded to Flickr on December 5, 2006 by The Rocketeer </li></ul>

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