MLGA: Building Online Social Communities with WordPress


 

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Humber Showcase 2017

This year, I hosted a workshop at Humber Showcase 2017 to teach instructors how to use WordPress to build, manage and facilitate social collaboration between students, instructors and industry professionals. Through the power of WordPress, students are able to share their projects and experiences, reflect on course learning outcomes and build networking skills throughout their academic career.

Workshop Outcomes

During this one hour workshop, participants learned and discussed how to use WordPress to enhance ICT literacy skills and build online social communities that bridge social constructive learning opportunities between programs and cohorts while fostering professional development opportunities. The workshop included:

  • Setting up a free WordPress.com site
  • Choosing a theme
  • Creating Posts
  • Creating Pages
  • Creating Navigation menus
  • Writing/editing posts
  • Adding multimedia
  • Adding a poll or survey
  • Following and commenting
  • Social Sharing
  • Using the WordPress Mobile app
  • Notifications

Sign Up for WordPress

Log on to wordpress.com in your favourite web browser to begin.

  1. Click on ‘Get Started’.
  2. Choose a site type and a theme.
  3. Pick a domain name (web address) ie: yourdomain.wordpress.com.
  4. Choose free hosting.
  5. Enter a password and confirm your registration via email.

WordPress Dashboard

Within the WordPress Dashboard you can create and edit blog posts, pages, themes, and collaborative tools such as social sharing, discussions and follower notifications. The Dashboard is divided into three main sections; publish, personalize, and configure. An advanced Dashboard can be accessed by entering the following URL: yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

Create a Post in WordPress

Create a WordPress Post

WordPress Post

Log in to your blog yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

  1. Click on ‘Add Post’.
  2. Add a title.
  3. Add some text.
  4. Add media such as hyperlinks, images, video, and audio.
  5. Enter meta-data, tags, a feature image and publish your post.

Create a Navigation Menu in WordPress

Creating a Navigation Menu

WordPress Navigation Menu

Log in to your blog yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

  1. Hover over ‘Appearance’ and choose menu.
  2. Choose primary menu and select its position.
  3. Select menu items or add custom links.
  4. Add selected categories, links or page items to your menu.
  5. Save your menu and preview your blog. yourdomain.wordpress.com

Install the WordPress Mobile App

Search ‘Wordpress’ in the App store for iOS or Google Play Store on Android.

  1. Install WordPress App.
  2. Enter in your domain URL and Enter your password.
  3. Create posts, read posts, comment or share posts from followers.
  4. Allow push notifications to receive updates from followers.

WordPress Resources

WordPress Vocabulary: http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary

WordPress Support: https://en.support.wordpress.com/

Share Your WordPress Blog

“Check out the @wordpress blog I made @humbershowcase #MLGA @iTeachAi taught me well! http://yourdomain.wordpress.com”

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