For a description of the blogging assignment, click on theÂ Assignment.
On this page are the nuts-and-bolts to help you get blogging.
All students in the course are to be â€œAuthorsâ€ on our course website.Â Once you are logged in you should be immediately directed to the â€œDashboardâ€ â€”where all the behind-the-scenes stuff is located.Â The two items on the Dashboard that will be most important are links forÂ â€œPostsâ€Â and, if you scroll down,Â â€œUsers.â€Â Clicking on â€œPostsâ€ should reveal a sub-menu where you can add blog content.Â Click on â€œAdd New.â€Â Youâ€™ll see a prompt in the main part of the page that says â€œEnter your title hereâ€ and then a text box below.Â Offer an engaging but relevant post title and type away in the text box below! You can save what youâ€™ve done as a draft if you want to check it later before you â€œPublishâ€ itâ€”but do remember that youâ€™ve only saved and not posted, or youâ€™re likely to think youâ€™ve actually published it when you havenâ€™t yet.Â You can also â€œPreviewâ€ the post, though again, remember to publish it eventually.Â The â€œPreview,â€ â€œPublish,â€ and â€œSave Draftâ€ 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 â€œStudent Postâ€ under Categories, which will make it possibleÂ for me to aggregate data later.
To add a link:Â Youâ€™ll see the â€œlinkâ€ 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 â€œlinkâ€ icon. Youâ€™ll be prompted to enter a URL (web address).
ToÂ include a picture:Â Click on the picture-frame icon to the right of the â€œUpload/Insertâ€ 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:Â In the Dashboard text box, you will see an option to select a â€œVisualâ€ or a â€œHTMLâ€ tab. Most of the time you need to type in â€œVisualâ€ mode. For video, however, you will select HTML when youâ€™re ready to place a video. Once youâ€™re on the HTML tab, go to your YouTube video.Â Below the video, click on the â€œembedâ€ button.Â A bunch of code should appear. Choose the options you want in terms of the videoâ€™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 â€œPublishâ€ on the right-hand side of the page in order for your post to go live.