Fall 2014 at a glance

Schedule subject to change

week 1: introduction

Agenda

  • Introductions and syllabus review; identify student goals for the quarter; expectations, mine and yours
  • Mini-lecture: digital publishing today
  • Lab: set up your WordPress.com accounts; add all to the course blog as an author.

Assignments – see class post

  • Tools (1): set up a Twitter account (I’m @kegill), use the hashtag #uwdigipub
  • For next week, general assignment: before next Wednsday, make a post here (as an author on this course blog) that is a resource or news item related to course topics (very big umbrella); select the category “resources” for your post.
  • Reading before next Wednesday:
    • Read: Introduction and Chapter 1, WordPress: The Missing Manual
    • Review: WordPress Lessons: Introduction to blogging (pay special attention to terminology)
    • Review: WordPress Resource: Understanding Posts (please read best practices)
    • Review: WordPress Resource: Understanding Pages (the differences between a page and a post)

week 2: design

Agenda

  • Moving from paper to computer to mobile
  • Grids  / typeface choices / visuals versus text
  • WordPress: Posts versus pages (why do we care?)
  • Your Project: Picking a domain name and host
  • Finding and sharing images, take 1

Assignments

  • For next week, project: Have 2-3 possible domain names in mind before class; come to class with credit card in hand.
  • For next week, general assignment: find three author/book sites that you like (whatever is appropriate to your project); make a post on your WordPress.com site with details about the sites, including why they appeal to you/how they fit your vision of your site
    • Remember to link to each site by name or description – no bare URLs, no “click heres”
    • Add a link to your project page on this site
  • Tools (2): set up a Flickr account before next week’s class.
  • Reading before next Wednesday:

week 3: digital publishing on WordPress

Agenda

  • Domain name registration
  • Mini-lecture: writing a good link post (how & why)
  • Checklist for self-hosted WordPress
  • Things to think about when picking a theme : images, home page, sidebars, top navigation, mobile theme
  • Flickr, take 2

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: write about how you might/will you use a blog with your site and post to your WP.com blog; add this to your project page on this course blog
  • For next week, your project: find three themes (free or $) that you find visually appealing; create an interesting post (creative headlines!) about them on this course blog; your primary audience is your fellow classmates – what might they want to know? Include a screen capture of each one. Remember to link to each theme.  
  • For next week, your project: secure hosting company before class (acknowledging which hosts/registrars Kathy supports)
  • Reading before next Wednesday:
    Chapter 3, Installing WordPress on your web host (we will use an installer)
    Chapter 6, Jazzing up your posts

week 4:  self-hosted wordpress nuts and bolts

Agenda

  • A word (or two) about security
  • In-class work, your project:
    To complete the in-class work, you must secure your hosting company before class. You must be able to access the email associated with the accounts from webmail and a lab computer or your own laptop (not just a phone).

    • Self-hosted WordPress (basic site set-up)
    • Install one of your themes (working in pairs)
    • Turn on Akismet (use your WP.com account info)
    • Social media integration (sharing)
  • Update the project pages for milestones, brainstorming (pswd protect if desired – Kathy to demo)

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: make sure your Gravatars have image, biographical info. Link to your Gravatar on your project page on this site.
  • Reading before next Wednesday: see this week’s class post
  • For next week, general assignment: before next Wednesday, make a post here (as an author on this course blog) that is a WordPress “how to” (very big umbrella); select the category “WordPress how-to” for your post.

week 5: photos/infographics/art

Agenda

  • Visual concepts such as Rule of Thirds, aspect ratios, optimal resolution/size, alt/title tags
  • Creative Commons and Copyright
  • Pinterest and Tumblr as social spaces
  • Flickr as image source (CC)

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: write an “about” page
  • Reading before next Wednesday: see this week’s class post
  • Tools (3): set up a G+ account before next week’s class.
  • For next week, general assignment: before next Wednesday, make a post here (as an author on this course blog) that is a resource or news item related to web or blog design (very big umbrella); select the category “design” for your post.

week 6: web site versus blog

Agenda

  • WordPress: a different home page
  • WordPress: custom menus
  • Principles of navigation
  • Install two plugins (working in pairs)
  • Social integration (Google+, Facebook, Twitter)

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: Web site outline posted to your WP blog, linked to your project page on this site
  • Reading before next Wednesday: see this week’s class post
  • For extra credit: before next Wednesday, make a post here (as an author on this course blog) that is a resource related to course topics (very big umbrella); select the appropriate category for your post

week 7: who is your audience?

Agenda

  • Audience and competitors
  • Editorial calendars

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: How will your site/book be discovered? Discuss the social tools and which makes the most sense for your project in a post on this blog.
  • For next week, your project: Publish two posts on your project blog.
  • Reading before next Wednesday: see this week’s class post

 

week 8: content curation

Agenda

  • Generating, sharing, protecting content
  • See Anatomy of a Blog Post (best practices)
  • Tools review: TagBoard, ScoopIt, Paper.li

Assignments

  • For next week, your project: Publish two more posts on your project blog.
  • Reading before next Wednesday: see this week’s class post
  • For week nine, your project: Everyone’s project site needs to have content publicly accessible by December 1

 

week 9: work and peer review session

Agenda

  • Sites ready for public view by 1 December
  • Collaborate/peer review

Assignments

  • By Friday, summary notes to me and your peer via email with feedback
  • For next week, your project: prepare your end-of-quarter presentation
  • For extra credit: before next Wednesday, make a post here (as an author on this course blog) that is a resource related to course topics (very big umbrella); select the appropriate category for your post

week 10: wrap-up

Agenda

  • Potluck
  • Presentations
  • Your wish-list questions from last week

Final deliverables

  • General assignment: email to me, 500-800 words, on key learnings and what’d you’d do differently if you could start over, knowing what you know now
  • Project sites finalized and promoted  
    • Promo post on this blog
    • Post should have SEO-friendly headline, details about the project (again, think SEO) and a link to the project site. Include next steps.

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