Copper Airplane, by James L. Johnson

Copper Airplane, by James L. Johnson

Welcome to my mock course website built on the WordPress Multi-user blogging platform specifically for use in the 2009 York College/CUNY Online and Hybrid Course Development Faculty Seminar.

You won’t find much here since it’s really just a mock-up of something a faculty member might do to use the blog to build a website. The site does contain several assignments, including three to help you create a course website and blog on the WordPress platform.  In effect, you create an account and a blog, make some adjustments to the blog to add website elements to it, and publish it.

A Moment on Terminology Here

  1. Dashboard – The Dashboard is where you have your controls to drive the blog/website.  You can administer posts, your media (audio, video, images, etc.), pages, the look and feel of the site, and more.
  2. Pages vs. Posts vs. Categories vs. Tags – These distinctions take some time to get used to. For us the key distinction to keep in mind is Pages vs. Posts. Pages are static “pages” that can work much like a webpage works.  I have created several pages to build a course website (Schedule, Assignments, and more).  Posts are blog posts that show in reverse chronological order, and you can see them in the Course Blog link. You might think of them as journal entries or announcements, depending on how you use a blog. Categories and Tags are labels you can attach to posts or pages so that items with the same categories or tags can appear together even if they’re not organized hierarchically in your site structure.
  3. Plugins – Plugins are additional features you can add to your course website/blog. We’ll install the “My Page Order” plugin to make it easier to organize page navigation for your demo course website.  If you wanted, you could add a plugin to share with the class the books you’re reading; book cover art will automatically get pulled in from Amazon – no joke!
  4. Widgets – Widgets are like plugins in that they’re added features. Most widgets go in the sidebar of your website/blog, and they add such features as text, a welcome message, a calendar, and more.  We’ll add a welcome message and a custom text widget just to try it out.

Please feel free to leave a comment on this course website/blog idea.