- Who are we and why are we in this class?
- What does the world of communication look like in an digital age?
- Course overview, expectations, syllabus review
- Technologies: WordPress
- Multimedia: Did You Know 4
- Handout (pdf)
Using the online syllabus, answer these questions individually. We will then answer them in small groups.
- Where do you find the readings for this class?
- What are the responsibilities of discussion leaders?
- How often (and when) do students “blog” their reading reflections?
- How important is class participation to the final grade?
- When is the first subject matter blog post due in the class?
- What are the extra-credit opportunities?
- What are the project possibilities in the class?
- What is due finals week?
1) Create student blogs using Word Press.
By using blogging software to reflect on your readings, you practice using this new technology. By customizing your blog space, you develop your personal design aesthetic. By categorizing blog posts, you are becoming literate about Web 2.0 technologies and folksonomy.
- Create your blog! Go to Word Press ; select the new account button and follow the prompts. Notes:
- Recommended: use your UWNetID as your login/member name. This will make your WordPress URL <uwnetid.wordpress.com> and makes it easy for me and other class members to send you email. [If it’s not available, use something else. I’ll note the email info on the student blogs page.]
- Use an email account that you can access in the lab, because you will not be able to move to the next steps until you activate the blog by clicking on a link in an email from WordPress.
- Activate your blog
Log in to your email account and find the WordPress mail that contains instructions. Click the link and your blog will be live! This step “proves” you are a human and not a ‘bot.
- Customize your blog
- settings -> general: Create a distinctive name (separate from your login, not Com495). You can change this at any time.
- settings -> general: Change the time to [-8 or Los Angeles] so that we all have the same timestamp.
- posts –> categories: We will be categorizing all of our blog entries (a best practice), so create the following categories
- Discussion Leader
- settings –> privacy: Make the blog public; include in search engines or public listings if you want the outside world to more easily find your blog
- settings -> discussion: To avoid spam, enable “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”
- settings -> discussion: De-select “must approve comments”
2) Edit “Hello, World”
- posts –> edit
Change the title/subject if you like. Delete the current content (highlight – delete) and replace it with a little information about yourself or the course. Categorize the blog post assignment (click the tick mark for assignment – Categories are in the right margin). Click “save”.
3) Create a new post
- posts –> add new
Create the title/subject that relates to your reading post. Be unique! Don’t use “week 1 reading” as the headline. Copy and paste your prepared reading assignment. Categorize the blog post assignment (click the tick mark for assignment – categories are in the right margin). Click “publish”.
4) Pick a theme; change privacy settings
5) Give me your blog URL before leaving class!
- I have created a “TypeWithMe” document for this purpose – http://bit.ly/com495blogs. No login or registration required. Just paste your URL (like https://com495.wordpress.com/) to the right of your name.
6) For Thursday
- Please complete this skills survey by 5 pm Thursday.