Implementation

April 20, 2015

Preparation

Read the following text:

“Chapter 4: The Nature of Scholarship,” The Digital Scholar, Martin Weller, 2011 (pps. 41-51)

This reading will be a discussionary topic as we explore applications of WordPress in academia.


Topic Summary

In the final session, there will be time to discuss the applications of what you learned about WordPress during this training. We will discuss questions like: Why blog? Why use WordPress in class? What is digital scholarship? How does mobile blogging differ from traditional blogging? Additionally, we will explore use cases of WordPress and the broader impact of blogging on teaching and research.

WordPress Examples

Website

Example Course Website

Academic Portfolio

Professional Portfolio

Blog

Academic Blog

Other WordPress Ideas

Collaborative Class Guide – Have your students use a WordPress website to build a collaborative study guide, covering the semester’s content. In other words, have pupils curate, write, and build a resource that will be accessible to everyone during the course and even after completion as realiable reference material.

Laboratory Report Blogs – Have your students write their lab reports in a blog format and combine collected data sets to facilitate academic collaboration. Over time, use these collections of data and laboratory reports as reference materials for future students. In other words, give learners access to the results of former students to compare data and to further scholastic engagement.

eBook from WordPress Website – Many tools exist that convert a WordPress website’s pages and posts into an eBook. These tools can be used as a method to get students to publish their completed work over the course of the semester. This idea has many potential use cases, especially if used in conjunction with any of the aforementioned ideas (e.g. a collection of laboratory reports as an eBook resource).

Conclusion

The final activity of this workshop series will be a third blog post over the following question: “What have you learned in this course?” This is meant to be a reflection of your experiences and a collection of your thoughts on the topic of mobile blogging. Consider these additional questions: What have you learned about using a tablet to blog? What have you learned about WordPress? What have you learned about uses of WordPress in your profession?

Blog Prompt
What have you learned in this course?

I am especially excited to hear about what you took away from this workshop series. It was great to have you in this training!


Assignments

1. Evaluations

Please complete the evaluation provided at the conclusion of the final session. This will give feedback to the instructor and improve the contents of this course for future participants. This differs from the final blog post that is intended to be an introspection of what you learned.

MBS Course Evaluation

 

2. Continue Using Your Blog

Interacting with students, collaborating with scholars and enthusiasts around the world, keeping an active portfolio of your research—these are just a few of the many academic ways in which one can utilize a blog.


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