A blog is a popular web-based tool allowing people to publish their own posts. They are an engaging communication tool, offered via a number of user-friendly programs e.g. WordPress. The WordPress tool can also be used for evidencing and demonstrating professional capabilities.
Deakin chose WordPress as the preferred blogging platform to integrate into D2L. The platform can be used for assignments, discussions and collaboration to enhance learning activities, ePortfolios, and for a variety of blog types (student blogs, unit blogs and group blogs).
We have included links to additional resources/technical help in the CloudDeakin WordPress blogging tool guide.
Blogging can be used as an assessment tool, as a project tool for assignments and to develop digital literacy skills.
The WordPress blogging tool can be integrated into your unit site, similar to other applications e.g. Bb Collaborate. (Please discuss your requirements with your faculty CloudDeakin Support team.)
There are three types of blog sites that can be integrated in your unit site:
Blogging can be incorporated in your teaching and assessment to encourage and promote:
The WordPress will only release to units based on request. Please raise a ticket with eSolutions and request the ticket to send to Learning Environments team. Once the WordPress is released to your unit, you are able to use the following steps to create a blog.
Site per group: Students contribute to blogs created for sub-groups within a unit of study. Students are assessed based on their group participation.
Site per student: Students maintain an individual blog and submit it for assessment in context of a unit of study.
Site per unit: Students contribute to an overall blog for their unit of study. Students are assessed based on their participation.
Note: Student blog accounts are created once a student logs into their unit for the first time. Until they have logged in (and clicked on the blog link), their names will not appear in the class list. If you go to Students on the Dashboard, you will be able to view all the students have logged in.
Navigate to the Restrictions tab, from here populate the Start/Due/End dates. Make sure to select the corresponding checkboxes.
Students will see the submission screen within their WordPress site.
Note: This is valid for WordPress – site per student.
Note: This action is also not retrospective. Previously created student sites will not have the theme applied (student sites are created upon first login by students).
Dashboard: The homepage for editors and administrators. This is where you’ll find information about content (pages, posts, plugins) and recent activity on the website.
Page: The key elements of the WordPress site. Pages have a ‘parent page’ which forms the hierarchy of the pages. Pages are best suited for information that does not need to be updated regularly.
Post: Posts differ from pages as they can have different tags making them easier to search (e.g. category and ‘optional’). Posts are the best option for content that is updated regularly as they are date-specific.
Theme: Themes provide a certain ‘look and feel’ to your site. (Please discuss your requirements with your faculty CloudDeakin Support team.)
Widget: Widgets provide additional functionality that can be added to templates.
Plugin: Plugins provide additional functionality to your site, e.g. forms, visual composer, customising animations, analytics etc.
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Students can get more information from the Deakin Current students site.