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Introduction to Wordpress Student ePortfolios

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An introduction to building WordPress student ePortfolios

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Introduction to Wordpress Student ePortfolios

  1. 1. Introduction to Wordpress Student ePortfolios Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning Vancouver Island University
  2. 2. ePortfolios defined • A selective set of online, reflective, integrative, and personal documents that present how you have developed as a scholar in your discipline • Offers evidence of your accomplishments and activities across all aspects of your academic life and outlines your growth • Extends your CV and provides future employers with a comprehensive portrait of your academic training, achievements, and future career goals • Elements of scholarship, digital literacy, network formation and organization • Your place on the web!! Bauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/e-portfolios/sites/udel.edu.e-portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf
  3. 3. • 26% of websites on the internet are powered by Wordpress • Based on open-source technologies (PHP and MYSQL) • Active and vibrant developer community • Highly flexible and adaptable tool for creating websites • Mobile friendly New WordPress Buttons and Stickers | Nikolay Bachiyski | Creative Commons CC-BY
  4. 4. https://studentblogs.viu.ca/
  5. 5. The VIU Student WordPress network http://studentblogs.viu.ca/ http://studentblogs.viu.ca/Chemistry http://studentblogs.viu.ca/MGMT210 http://studentblogs.viu.ca/SarahsBlog You can define the portion of the URL which follows http://studentblogs.viu.ca/
  6. 6. Site-wide Privacy Controls • Allow search engines to index this site. • Yes – Your site is on the internet. Search engines will index this site and you should appear in search results. • No - Your site is on the internet. Search engines will be deterred from indexing this site but you could still appear in search results. • Visible only to registered users of this network • Only individuals with a VIU account will be able to access • Visible only to registered users of this site • Only individuals with a VIU account who you add to your site will be able to access • Visible only to administrators of this site • Only individuals with a VIU account who you add to your site as an administrator will be able to access – basically only you can access You can change this setting at any time through the site Dashboard  Settings  Reading Site visibility There are other ways to control visibility of your content
  7. 7. Lets create our Wordpress ePortfolio https://studentblogs.viu.ca/
  8. 8. The site name becomes part of your URL and must be lowercase with no spaces. Can’t be changed The site title is displayed by default at the top of your blog and may contain spaces. Easily changed Allow discoverability in Google and visibility options Easily changed
  9. 9. Creating content on Wordpress Posts • Typically associated with blog posts, reflections, news stories • Listed in reverse chronological order • Can be tagged, categorized and archived • Can form RSS feeds Pages • Generally used for static content or information • Can be hierarchically structured • No dates, so no chorological ordering • Can’t be tagged, categorized or archived • Not included in RSS feeds
  10. 10. Drag and drop media (images, documents) See this page for more details: https://codex.wordpress.org/Inserting_Media_into_Posts_and_Pages Upload Files: Upload the media you want to use from your computer by dragging it into the upload area. Media Library: Select from any previously uploaded media in the media library by clicking on the one you wish to add to your page or post. Consider: • What is the best format for sharing text (word, PDF, convert to web)? • Do you want to create a gallery of images or have images placed in text?
  11. 11. Suggested structure for your ePortfolio • Welcome • About me • Skills, education, training + experience • Sample writings • Blog posts https://studentblogs.viu.ca/eportfolio1
  12. 12. Use the drafts feature Consider: • Using drafts for works in progress or starting ideas
  13. 13. Web view Author view (logged in) Consider: • Using multiple browser tabs to have both views open
  14. 14. Lets create our ePortfolio page structure https://studentblogs.viu.ca/
  15. 15. Creating custom menus See this page for more details: https://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen • Create menu by dragging and dropping site content to the menu structure • Set the location of the custom menu on the ‘Manage Locations’ tab
  16. 16. Setting your home page • The default setting for your home page is to show your latest blog posts • You can alternatively set your home page to show a page you have created
  17. 17. Add your blogs posts to the menu • After changing your site homepage, you will need to add your blog post feed to the menu • Add all of your posts in the uncategorized category to the menu (this is the default for any new blog post – if you are using custom categories please contact me) • Rename the navigation label to Blogs Posts • Don’t forget to save the menu!
  18. 18. Themes
  19. 19. Use images to bring your posts to life Work found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Sower.jpg / CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
  20. 20. Explore Creative Commons Licensed Works For more see: http://creativecommons.ca/ https://ciel.viu.ca/learning-technologies-innovation/developing-using-media-content/finding-using-open-educational-resources/creative-commons-licences http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi/introduction-to-open-educational-resources-2013 Freely and legally accessible resources for reuse and remixing
  21. 21. Embeddable Content You can embed content from any of these popular websites on your Wordpress site Simply paste the URL onto any post or page Embedded content is not a copyright breach, however: • Do not present the material as if it is your own • Cite the author whenever possible • Recognize that the resources may disappear or change!
  22. 22. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning michael.paskevicus@viu.ca Follow me: http://twitter.com/mpaskevi Blog: http://wordpress.viu.ca/ciel Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi
  23. 23. References Bauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/e-portfolios/sites/udel.edu.e- portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf Uwaterloo.ca. (2001). ePortfolios: What, Why, and How | Centre for Teaching Excellence. [online] Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/resources/integrative- learning/eportfolios-what-why-and-how [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014]. USDOE. (2011). Artifacts: Collect, Select, and Connect - Eportfolio Resource Center. [online] Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/resourcecentereportfolio/artifacts [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014]. Icons: The Noun Project, available under Creative Commons or Public Domain licenses, http://thenounproject.com/

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