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Introduction to Wordpress Student ePortfoliosPrepared by: Michael PaskeviciusLearning Technologies Application DeveloperCentre for Innovation and Excellence in LearningVancouver Island University

ePortfolios defined

A selective set of online, reflective, integrative, and personal documents that present how you have developed as a scholar in your disciplineOffers evidence of your accomplishments and activities across all aspects of your academic life and outlines your growthExtends your CV and provides future employers with a comprehensive portrait of your academic training, achievements, and future career goals

Elements of scholarship, digital literacy, network formation and organization

Your place on the web!!

Bauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/e-portfolios/sites/udel.edu.e-portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf

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26% of websites on the internet are powered by WordpressBased on open-source technologies (PHP and MYSQL)Active and vibrant developer community Highly flexible and adaptable tool for creating websitesMobile friendly

New WordPress Buttons and Stickers | Nikolay Bachiyski | Creative Commons CC-BY

https://studentblogs.viu.ca/

The VIU Student WordPress network

http://studentblogs.viu.ca/http://studentblogs.viu.ca/Chemistryhttp://studentblogs.viu.ca/MGMT210http://studentblogs.viu.ca/SarahsBlogYou can define the portion of the URL which follows http://studentblogs.viu.ca/

Site-wide Privacy Controls Allow search engines to index this site. Yes Your site is on the internet. Search engines will index this site and you should appear in search results.

No - Your site is on the internet. Search engines will be deterred from indexing this site but you could still appear in search results.

Visible only to registered users of this networkOnly individuals with a VIU account will be able to access

Visible only to registered users of this siteOnly individuals with a VIU account who you add to your site will be able to access

Visible only to administrators of this siteOnly individuals with a VIU account who you add to your site as an administrator will be able to access basically only you can access

You can change this setting at any time through the site Dashboard Settings Reading Site visibility There are other ways to control visibility of your content

Lets create our Wordpress ePortfolio https://studentblogs.viu.ca/

The site name becomes part of your URL and must be lowercase with no spaces.

Cant be changedThe site title is displayed by default at the top of your blog and may contain spaces.

Easily changed Allow discoverability in Google and visibility options

Easily changed

Creating content on Wordpress PostsTypically associated with blog posts, reflections, news storiesListed in reverse chronological order Can be tagged, categorized and archivedCan form RSS feeds PagesGenerally used for static content or information Can be hierarchically structuredNo dates, so no chorological ordering Cant be tagged, categorized or archivedNot included in RSS feeds

Drag and drop media (images, documents)

See this page for more details: https://codex.wordpress.org/Inserting_Media_into_Posts_and_Pages Upload Files:Upload the media you want to use from your computer by dragging it into the upload area.

Media Library:Select from any previously uploaded media in the media library by clicking on the one you wish to add to your page or post.Consider: What is the best format for sharing text (word, PDF, convert to web)?Do you want to create a gallery of images or have images placed in text?

Suggested structure for your ePortfolio WelcomeAbout meSkills, education, training + experienceSample writingsBlog posts

https://studentblogs.viu.ca/eportfolio1

Use the drafts feature

Consider: Using drafts for works in progress or starting ideas

Web view Author view (logged in)

Consider: Using multiple browser tabs to have both views open

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Lets create our ePortfolio page structurehttps://studentblogs.viu.ca/

Creating custom menus See this page for more details: https://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen Create menu by dragging and dropping site content to the menu structure

Set the location of the custom menu on the Manage Locations tab

Setting your home pageThe default setting for your home page is to show your latest blog posts

You can alternatively set your home page to show a page you have created

Add your blogs posts to the menu After changing your site homepage, you will need to add your blog post feed to the menu

Add all of your posts in the uncategorized category to the menu (this is the default for any new blog post if you are using custom categories please contact me)

Rename the navigation label to Blogs Posts

Dont forget to save the menu!

Themes

Use images to bring your posts to lifeWork found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Sower.jpg / CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Explore Creative Commons Licensed Works

For more see:http://creativecommons.ca/ https://ciel.viu.ca/learning-technologies-innovation/developing-using-media-content/finding-using-open-educational-resources/creative-commons-licences http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi/introduction-to-open-educational-resources-2013

Freely and legally accessible resources for reuse and remixing

Embeddable ContentYou can embed content from any of these popular websites on your Wordpress site

Simply paste the URL onto any post or page

Embedded content is not a copyright breach, however: Do not present the material as if it is your ownCite the author whenever possible Recognize that the resources may disappear or change!

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application DeveloperCentre for Innovation and Excellence in Learningmichael.paskevicus@viu.ca

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ReferencesBauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/e-portfolios/sites/udel.edu.e-portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf

Uwaterloo.ca. (2001). ePortfolios: What, Why, and How | Centre for Teaching Excellence. [online] Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/resources/integrative-learning/eportfolios-what-why-and-how [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014].

USDOE. (2011). Artifacts: Collect, Select, and Connect - Eportfolio Resource Center. [online] Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/resourcecentereportfolio/artifacts [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014].

Icons: The Noun Project, available under Creative Commons or Public Domain licenses, http://thenounproject.com/