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LDT Online: WordPress

LDT Online: WordPress

David David Rose earned this badge on Mar 22, 2017

WordPress is web software tool that allows you to create your own website or blog.  WordPress is a simple and powerful platform that is easy to use.  You can register your own domain name for your website or blog. You can also use it through iOS & Android apps.

Challenges

  • WordPress as a tool

    Reflect on the various ways that WordPress could be used in the educational, training, or personal learning environments. From your selected perspective, describe two different examples where WordPress could be integrated and used. In both cases, explain why WordPress could positively impact learning.

    Use the open text area to submit your reflective response. As a suggestion, you may want to first compose your response in a word processed document, check for all editing that needs to be completed, save your response so that you can access it later, if needed, and then copy and paste your response in the open text area for this challenge.

    1. In our increasingly digital world, everyone should have a digital space in which they can make their own. Just as everyone deserves to have a roof over their head, food in their belly, and the freedom to move about in the physical world as they choose, so should we all have the digital space to play, create, learn, and explore new passions. University of Mary Washington created Domain of One’s Own for this very purpose. Universities, colleges, public school districts, and everyone else charged with educating today’s students should provide such a service to their learners: a WordPress multisite in which each student can have their own domain to chase their passions.

    2. I am currently creating a WordPress site to use a professional portfolio. I am looking into the best way to integrate the digital badges from the LDT program, as they are a critical component of how I want to present myself to potential employers. I am also including links to recent projects, done both professionally and academically. This will be a living breathing resume that can better represent me, my skill set, and my passions much better than a paper resume ever could.
  • Using WordPress

    Step-by-step instructions for completing this challenge 

    1. Review tutorials under the "support" tab. Choose a topic from the tabs or use the search bar by entering  key words.
      • This YouTube station also has several basic tutorials for getting started with WordPress.
    2. Go to the WordPress website to create an account or login to get started.
      • Create your account.
      • Validate your email address.
      • Select 'Create Website'
      • Select an appropriate theme appropriate to your subject.
      • Enter keyword(s) to find a domain.  Select your domain name.
      • Pick your subscription plan.
      • Make sure your blog/site's privacy settings ar set to either "viewable by everyone" or "viewable by everyone, but block search engines."
        • Note: WordPress refers to your site as a blog, but it does give yoiu the opportunity to create a website in addition to the blog.
    3. Design a website that contains the following elements:
      • at least 4 pages with at least two levels of webpages
      • Use titles, appropriate heading formats, and line spacing to organize your text on the page. At least 1 heading must be used somewhere on the site. When appropriate, use sub-headings. Heading sizes for each level should be consistent throughout the site. Extra spacing between sections should be used when needed. Those who view the page should be able to understand the organization of a page instantly.
      • The body of your text should be aligned left most of the time. Avoid centered text, except possibly for captions and titles. However, even for captions and title, left aligned text will often look better. Occasionally right aligned text is appropriate.
      • Add 2 widgets.
      • Include at least 1 relevant link to another site within the content of one of your pages. (Click the link button just above the content editing field of your page editing window.)
      • Integrate a minimum of 2 related images that capture attention and add to the clarity of your message/information.
      • Embed at least 1 Google document, presentation, spreadsheet, or form. The privacy settings on the embedded content should allow it to be viewable on the page (generally the settings should be set to public).
      • Embed at least one appropriate video (e.g., YouTube/Vimeo) to your site. Be sure the video fits and the ‘Suggested Videos’ panel does not show when the video ends.
    4. Publish your site.
    5. Submit the link to your published website for this challenge.

    Deliverables for this challenge

    For successful completion of this challenge please submit 1 link to your published WordPress website/blog that meets all requirements stated above and is full accessible (e.g. published) to the grader.

    Don't forget professionalism: Is your navigation clear, user-friendly, and logical? Does all content (e.g. media, images, content) deliver a cohesive, focused experience for the user? Do all links and buttons work and navigate correctly?