Week 3 & 4: Pulling It All Together: Cohesive Course Design in WordPress (2 weeks)

In weeks 3&4, we will:

  • Understand how WordPress can support their teaching goals
  • Identify “advanced” teaching and learning functionalities in WordPress
  • Use course structure as model learning network for support
  • Experience working with WordPress and leave this course with a beginning of course/project shell

Suggested Topics

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:

* Logins
* Contributing content
* Discussions
* Assessments

Curated Readings

WordPress Functionality

WordPress ePortfolios

Assessing Your Open Course

  • Stephen Downes' Evaluating a MOOC. In reference to assessing the success of a MOOC, Downes poses questions about process (does it satisfy criteria for successful networks: autonomy, diversity, openness, and interactivity?) and outcomes (Did the MOOC as a whole produce some new insight, or recognize some new phenomenon in its area of study? ).


source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:TWP2015/Readings/Week_3

Learning Activities

onepersonOn Your Own

contribute Develop a teaching and learning project or activity using WordPress
read Read a selection from the recommended readings, which consist of a curated list of resources on open education. Choose what you're most interested in, and read as much as you have time/desire for.
contribute Sign up to showcase your project either on the course site or in a short video.

twopeopleWith Others

contribute Share an open resource that we use in our teaching or that informs our thinking about openness.
reuse-01 Describe 
your learning project in a post on your own blog; comment on someone else's post
reuse-01 Attend an in-person drop-in clinic or synchronous video/audio chat for WordPress support
contribute Provide support to your fellow participants using the course twitter hashtag or discussion forum

Activity Support Notes

In weeks 3&4, we will:

  • Understand how WordPress can support their teaching goals
  • Identify “advanced” teaching and learning functionalities in WordPress
  • Use course structure as model learning network for support
  • Experience working with WordPress and leave this course with a beginning of course/project shell

Topics

Topics to be covered in weeks 3&4 include:

  • The lifecycles of WordPress Courses: creating new sites each term, using the same site, archiving
  • Incorporation of external tools (i.e. Twitter, etc)
  • Managing content strategies: separating content from the presentation layer
  • Best practices for designing multi-platform learning pathways and minimizing confusion for students in working through multiple spaces

Learning Activities:

In weeks 3 & 4, we will:

  • Develop a teaching and learning project or activity using WordPress
  • Describe your learning project in a post on your own blog; comment on someone else's post
  • Attend an in-person drop-in clinic or synchronous video/audio chat for WordPress support
  • Provide support to your fellow participants using the course twitter hashtag or discussion forum
  • Sign up to showcase your project either on the course site or in a short video.
  • Attend showcase synchronous video/audio chat

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:TWP2015/Syllabus/Weeks_3_&_4:_Pulling_It_All_Together:_Cohesive_Course_Design_in_WordPress_(2_weeks)

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