Week 2: Sketching on the Blank Slate: Affordances of WordPress
You’re designing a web not a website.
– Stephen Downes From his talk: Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment.
This week, we will:
- Discuss how the WordPress environment can be used to support varied teaching and learning goals.
- Share strategies for designing assessment and learning activities in WordPress
- Reflect on benefits and limitations of using WordPress for teaching and learning
- Build, refine your WordPress course environment and post for feedback on design decisions.
Monday June 8, 12-1pm Pacific (3pm Eastern, 19:00 UTC): WordPress for teaching webinar. Join Christina Hendricks, Alan Levine, and Tannis Morgan for a deep dive (or shallow wade?) into the WordPress waters to talk about various ways in which we use WordPress for teaching and learning. This will be on Google Hangouts, broadcast live on YouTube. You can watch the recording here.
Overview of how WordPress is a flexible, blank-slate tool
Examples of different teaching and learning approaches using WordPress
Applying open pedagogies specifically to WordPress
Strategies for supporting common teaching and learning needs, including:
* Contributing content
In week 2, you’re invited to engage:
On Your Own
Read the assigned readings, which will consist of a curated list of resources on teaching with WordPress
Choose one or two learning goals from your own course and explore in a blog post on your own site how they could be accomplished in WordPress. Comment on someone else’s post.
Explore some of the open course examples you'll be introduced to this week.
Watch short videos highlighting different teaching and learning projects using WordPress:
- Screencast: Examples of WordPress for Teaching & Learning at UBC
- Screencast by a participant in #TWP15 on a "blogging bootcamp" helping people use WPblogs in education
- Screencast by Alan Levine on various courses that use FeedWordPress to aggregate blogs into a single site (like this course does)--includes a discussion of DS106,RMOOC, Thought Vectors, and more
- If you want more of the nitty gritty of how to use FeedwordPress, check out this sscreencast by Alan Levine on using FeedWordPress on the "inside," through the dashboard on your WP site
Implement prototype architecture for your course in WordPress. See Activity Support Notes for more information.
Reflect Week 2: Reflection/Self Assessment Guide. You can either post this to your blog or keep it for your own use.
Participate in a synchronous video/audio chat about using WordPress for teaching and learning
Contribute an assignment to the assignment bank, based on the learning goal and activity discussed in your post.
Post/Discuss (in comments or blogs posts on the "weeklies" for week 2) the following topics:
* What are the benefits and risks involved in open learning environments? For you? For learners? Respond to someone else's post as well.
* What does "designing a web" mean in the context of your course/project? Please respond to someone else's post as well.
Tweet using the course twitter hashtag to:
- share an open resource that reflects your philosophy on what constitutes effective design for open.
- share a link to WordPress course site that you like - tell us why.
- your “big question” for the week (include #quest with #TWP15)