|Summary:||Create a new blog on WordPress or Blogger and publish your first post, introducing yourself to course participants.|
|45 mins – 2 hours (Depending on prior knowledge and experience with online technologies)|
During this challenge, you will learn how to set up a course blog by introducing yourself and sharing your first daily photograph.
Both WordPress and Blogger host blog sites you can use for free. WordPress is open source software and is the technology we use to host this OERu course site. Blogger is proprietary software and you will need a gmail account to use this service. If you’re technically inclined, you may wish to host your own blog site, but we don’t provide instruction on how to do this.
Here are a few resources to help you get started in setting up your course blog. Remember, if you get stuck, use the Internet to find help. Search Google or Youtube with a query: “How to …..” (inserting what you are trying to do.). Alternatively, post your question on the LiDA101 General Forum. Help fellow participants by providing answers and support.
| • WordPress “getting started” video
• Help tutorials at Learn WordPress.com
• Free videos on WordPress published by WP101.com
• Design a free blogging website on WordPress
| • Get started with Blogger
• How to start a blog on Blogger.com published by DHBW
The purpose of this learning challenge is to:
- Create a new blog on WordPress or Blogger through a process of self-discovery supported by open access materials you find on the web.
- Personalise your blog site.
- Document and share your learning experience by posting a blog entry.
Value of this exercise
- You will gain first hand experience in using blog technology for publishing your own course site. This is a requirement for learners taking this course for academic credit.
- You will “declare” yourself to fellow participants on this course using your PLE (as an alternative to posting an introduction in a closed course forum typically used in a conventional e-Learning course).
- You will upload and share your first photograph challenge for the course.