Documents

Dr. Strangeblog, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Classroom Technology – I created this powerpoint presentation for a faculty development workshop on Aug. 25, 2011.  It’s intended audience is faculty members, and it provides an overview of blogs and wikis, and suggestions for how to integrate these technologies into the college classroom in various ways.

Peer Mentor FYePortfolio Powerpoint Presentation – This is the presentation I gave to peer mentors in April 2011.  It includes some discussion of what portfolios are, why to have an electronic portfolio, and their specific responsibilities.

Peer Mentor ePortfolio Training Prework – This is a brief introduction to wordpress for peer mentors of FYS sections.  It is recent (April 2011), so it has the most updated step-by-step instructions for creating an account, updating your profile and picking a theme, but it also has specific instructions for peer leaders, like what to use for their url.

Blogging Handbook – This lays out the basics for getting a wordpress account and starting your own blog, and also has some information about SoundCloud.com, an audio streaming site.  It was designed for Prof. Kim Helmer’s LC, so the very specific details pertain to her requirements (created Fall 2010).

Getting Started on WordPress – This is a basic how-to for getting started on wordpress (duh!).  It includes step-by-step instructions for signing up, picking a theme, customizing the header, editing the about page and adding the “Jblogger” logo to the sidebar (last updated Spring 2010).

Notes for Blog Administrators – Once you’ve set up the basic look of the blog, this document details how to do some other very basic stuff – posting, editing a post, adding users, uploading documents, commenting, adding links, etc.  It’s based on the way the dashboard looks for and the capabilities of blog administrators, but many of the instructions would be applicable to authors and editors as well (last updated Spring 2010).

Blogging Instructions – This document can be distributed to people who you would like to add as users on your blog.  It’s customizable – you need to insert the url for your blog under SECOND STEP (1) (it’s bolded and in red – you can’t miss it!).  It explains how someone who doesn’t want to have their own blog can get a wordpress username and then get added to a blog as a user, and then gives the basics of how they can post, add documents and links, and comment on someone else’s post.  For professors (and TAs and peer advisors), this is a great document to hand out to students in a class in which blogging is mandatory – you can add deadlines next to each step so you know exactly when they will all have accounts and you can add them (last updated Spring 2010).

Peer Advisor Blog Training Agenda – This is the agenda for the peer advisor training I did the week of March 8, 2010.  It provides some suggestions for crafting interesting and helpful blog posts and a free write idea to generate post topics.

Don’t forget about the excellent wordpress.com help page – you can find almost anything you need, and they have videos!

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