As part of your assignments, graduate students are required to blog regularly. You will typically be expected to respond to a question or a series of questions. Your post may go in any number of directions, but since you probably want to know what I am looking for, I have created a grading rubric for blogging.
I will give each of you permissions to post to the course blog. That way, we have a centralized place to read and comment on each other’s work. However, you are more than welcome to create your own blogs in WordPress as well. All I ask is that you post a link to your blog here.
In order to get regular updates about new posts, you can sign up for email alerts. Or, you can sign up for the RSS feed.
Using WordPress is quite simple, and after posting once or twice, you’ll have the hang of it. To get you started, I would like you to watch a few training videos. There are lots of WordPress tutorials online, but since our university subscribes to Lynda.com, I’m going to link to it. Lynda.com is a subscription-based training platform, so you you will need to sign in with your university id and password.
One of the things that you may have noticed already about this website is that the url ends in “.com”. This is because I am using a free, hosted version of WordPress. It doesn’t give me as much functionality as a standard WordPress installation, but it’s quick to set up and has most of the features that anybody would want from a basic blog platform.
Please watch the videos below from Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s course, “WordPress.com Essential Training”. You can watch the entire course if you like, but be sure to focus on the following:
This tutorial should take you about 1 hour and 25 minutes. At the end, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- What is the WordPress Dashboard, and what does it do?
- In WordPress, what is the difference between Pages and Posts?
- What is the difference between a “Category” and a “Tag“, and why are they important?
- How do I save drafts? How do I publish?
- How do I format the page using the WYSIWYG interface?
- How do I add and format an image to a post?