How To Set Up Your Blog

Once you’ve been in touch with an educational technologist and he or she has set up your blog, you should post your first assignment. 

By default, each of your students will be "authors" in the site.  Authors can automatically publish their posts to the blog and they can edit their posts at any time.  They can also comment on other authors’ posts.

One of the first things you might encourage your students to do is update their nickname in their profile page. After they’ve updated their nickname, they can choose that nickname as their display name. Otherwise, each author’s posts and comments will be identified with a UNI.

To begin posting, users should click on the "add new" button under the "posts" panel for the blog (they should follow the "blog backend" link in the upper right corner or add "wp-admin" to the blog’s address).

As instructor, you may add widgets or change your blog’s theme.  Please note that if you add widgets to your course blog, most of the default navigation elements in the right/left navigation panes will disappear.  By adding your own widgets you’re overriding the default elements.  You may replace each of the widgets manually or you may delete all of the custom-added widgets to restore the blog’s default settings.  

Themes are a powerful way to reformat the content of your blog.  This blog uses the "comment press" theme, which allows "comments" on a blog post at the paragraph level. It is a useful theme for textual analysis, close reading, or collaborative authoring/feedback teaching scenarios.  Edblogs also offers the Thesis theme for power users who wish to customize their course blog through a complex, but flexible, web interface.  If you choose to dabble with Thesis, please keep in mind that you may always revert to the Edblogs Simplified theme at any time.

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2 Responses to How To Set Up Your Blog

  1. mpk2110 says:

    These videos on the WordPress backend are helpful as well. http://edublogs.org/videos/

  2. ajc2141 says:

    commenting on the comment to see what the format outcome will be…

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