Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of WordPress in the Classroom.
- This course is designed for teachers who are using WordPress in a face-to-face blended or fully online course. If you're a student taking a class where you're required to set up and maintain your own WordPress site, then this course will also benefit you. The examples we use will be focused on creating a class site with WordPress, but if you build your own site you will learn how to take control of your own learning if you follow along. If you're a teacher that's looking to break out of the walls of a traditional learning management system, exchange information and ideas with your students, assess performance-based student learning, and increase student motivation and engagement in your classroom, then this course is for you.
In this course we'll be simulating a typical university's implementation of the domain of one's own project developed at the University of Mary Washington which provides students and faculty with their own personal cyberinfrastructure in which to run applications such as WordPress. In order to give you the full experience, we've partnered with the folks at Reclaim Hosting to create a fully functional domain of one's own implementation for the training site, State University. You can find this site at stateu.org.
We'll walk through the process of setting up your own free 30 day trial subdomain on stateu.org so you can experience what it's like to own and run your own instance for your class. To take advantage of this infrastructure, you will need to sign in with your existing LinkedIn, Google, or Facebook account. You can also follow along on a hosted instance of WordPress, either from your school, or another web hosting service, or your own local copy. For this course, you should already have a basic familiarity with WordPress.
If you're brand new to WordPress, I'd suggest checking out WordPress Essential Training by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. If you're currently using a wordpress.com account to host your own blog, then I'd suggest following along by setting up a test account on stateu.org since we'll be installing specific plugins that require the open source version of WordPress.
- Improving WordPress accessibility
- Configuring WordPress for a class
- Designing a course site
- Strategies for choosing a theme
- Creating pages, categories, and menus
- Managing the flow of course content
- Subscribing to student blog feeds
- Password-protecting posts