I’ve added two new plugins today that you can use to connect your blog on sites.middlebury.edu with people through social media. In this post, I’ll describe what they do as well as cover a couple of options we’ve had for a while that you might not know about. For official organizational blogs, like this one, I’ve got an officially-ish Facebook app and ShareThis and Disqus accounts ready to go, so talk to me first.
We made the upgrade yesterday to WordPress 3.3 (and 3.3.1). The video below gives an introduction to the changes and new features in version 3.3. We tested as many features as we could think of before applying this change, but please let us know if something’s not working as it should be.
As an added bonus, we now show videos from MiddMedia using the HTML5 video player in browsers supporting WebM playback: Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and browsers on Android devices. Internet Explorer 9, Safari and iOS users also get the HTML5 video player, playing the video in MP4 format while Internet Explorer 7 and 8 users will still see the flash-based player.
LIS Technologists and Liaisons will be offering more workshop in J-term on Moodle and WordPress, as well as general technology work sessions where faculty can get assistance on using any platform supported by LIS. There will also be workshops on migrating Segue sites to these other platforms. For more information, see: Segue from Segue > Workshops
Louisa Stein is an assistant professor of Film and Media Culture. In the spring of 2010, I interviewed Prof. Stein about her use of technology in a number of her courses. Below is a screencast from that interview that describes her use of WordPress and Moodle in a first year seminar course on the “Aesthetics of the Moving Image.”.
The Course Hub is being actively used by a variety of courses this fall. To give a sense of the different ways faculty are using this new platform, we’ve made a short screencast that shows a number of courses and some the resources they have linked to their course hub sites.
The Curricular Technology team has scheduled workshops and work sessions for faculty on various platforms that are available for teaching and learning. Workshops typically provide overviews of a given platform. Work sessions are designed to provide hands on support and consultation.
- 2-3 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to Moodle (sign up)
- 3-4 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to WordPress (sign up)
- 3-4 pm, Tues, Dec 13th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)
- 2-3 pm, Wed, Dec 14th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)
For more information on these, see: Workshops
For information about all workshops offered by LIS in December see: On-campus Workshops > Schedule
WordPress is a platform for creating a wide range of web sites, including this one. A number of workshops on WordPress have been scheduled in October.
WordPress Introductory Workshop
This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about WordPress.
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Fri, Oct. 14 Library 105
If you are interested in attending this workshop, see:
WordPress Workshop Sign Up
WordPress Work Sessions
We have also scheduled a number of work sessions on WordPress, as well as Moodle. These work sessions are designed to provide hands on assistance to anyone who is working on a site or has specific questions. Here are dates/times:
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Tues October 18, Library 105
- 4:15 – 5:15 pm, Thurs October 20, Library 105
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Weds October 26, Library 105
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Thurs October 27, Library 105
If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, see:
WordPress/Moodle Work Session Sign Up
For more information about WordPress, see:
Last week I attended a Nercomp event on WordPress in the Liberal Arts in Norwood, MA and participated in a panel on WordPress themes and plugins with colleagues from the College of Wooster and Abilene Christian University. About 45 people attended, most from institutions that were already using WordPress. Many of these same institutions were also using Moodle and Drupal.
WordPress is used by many for course sites. Abilene Christian University has integrated it with Banner making it easy for their faculty to create class blogs that automatically include students. The College of Wooster has an instance of WordPress referred to as Voices, that includes BuddyPress and bbPress, popular WordPress plugins and associated platforms that add functionality for creating groups and forums and aggregating activity streams across various sites. Mark Frydenberg from Bentley University teaches his students how to maintain a WordPress site, requiring each student to take on the role of site administrator and tasking them with changing the site theme, adding plugins and managing roles.
Some institutions are using WordPress for e-portfolios. Macaulay Honors College has over 1,500 sites in EPorfolios@Macaulay, which also makes use of BuddyPress to create various groups that they plan to include in their upcoming WordPress student portal, My.Macaulay. Some institutions even use WordPress for the college website including Bates, Lafayette and Wheaton.