For a description of the blogging assignment, click on the Assignment.

On this page are the nuts-and-bolts to help you get blogging.

All students in the course are to be “Authors” on our course website. Once you are logged in you should be immediately directed to the “Dashboard” —where all the behind-the-scenes stuff is located. The two items on the Dashboard that will be most important are links for “Posts” and, if you scroll down, “Users.” Clicking on “Posts” should reveal a sub-menu where you can add blog content.  Click on “Add New.”  You’ll see a prompt in the main part of the page that says “Enter your title here” and then a text box below.  Offer an engaging but relevant post title and type away in the text box below! You can save what you’ve done as a draft if you want to check it later before you “Publish” it—but do remember that you’ve only saved and not posted, or you’re likely to think you’ve actually published it when you haven’t yet.  You can also “Preview” the post, though again, remember to publish it eventually.  The “Preview,” “Publish,” and “Save Draft” buttons are all on the upper-right-hand side of the Dashboard. I encourage you to review all posts so you can check the links and the general aesthetics of this post.

Add metadata. Tag your post with relevant keywords (e.g., name of text, authors discussed in that post, key concepts, characters), so that we can make good use of the archive we build up over the term. Select “Student Post” under Categories, which will make it possible for me to aggregate data later.

To add a link: You’ll see the “link” button (it looks like two links of a chain) above the text box in the toolbar. Highlight the text in your post that you want linked and click on the “link” icon. You’ll be prompted to enter a URL (web address).

To include a picture: Click on the picture-frame icon to the right of the “Upload/Insert” prompt at the top of the text box. Select how you want the picture to appear (small thumbnail, larger image, etc.) and the alignment (left, center, right).

To add video: In the Dashboard text box, you will see an option to select a “Visual” or a “HTML” tab. Most of the time you need to type in “Visual” mode. For video, however, you will select HTML when you’re ready to place a video. Once you’re on the HTML tab, go to your YouTube video.  Below the video, click on the “embed” button.  A bunch of code should appear. Choose the options you want in terms of the video’s appearance (frame color, etc.). Then, cut and paste the code over to the HTML box on the Dashboard. (Be sure the cursor is where you want the video to go within your post first). This will give you a reasonably sized video embed.

When you finish your post: Remember, you have to press “Publish” on the right-hand side of the page in order for your post to go live.