Meaghan's edci337 Blog

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1st Blog Post

This is my first blog post for EDCI337! This is the first week of class and we’ve mainly done things for setup, such as creating this website/blog, joining MatterMost, as well as creating our LearningPod groups! With addition to WordPress, signing up for third-party applications such as MatterMost and LearningPod, this gave me insight on the different types of tools and environments that are needed to deliver a successful multimedia interactive learning experience. I did not find this website/blog too difficult to setup as I am required to use this platform for another class of mine: EDCI335. Also, I found that the EDCI 337 class webpage was easy to access and follow, allowing it to be more applicable as it is not BrightSpace used, but the same online tool (OpenETC/WordPress) required for the class, making it that much more interactive. For this class, I am looking forward to being able to meet with my Learning Pod and being able to discover Multimedia and Interactive Learning through teaching/education within a fully asynchronous course. I think this benefits us as students because we are able to manage our own times while developing our teamwork and communication skills as we will be required to coordinate with our learning pod group members in an asynchronous and unstructured environment.

Welcome and Introduction

Before proceeding with this first blog post, we expect you to consider your privacy preferences carefully and that you have considered the following options:

  1. Do you want to be online vs. offline?
  2. Do you want to use your name (or part thereof) vs. a pseudonym (e.g., West Coast Teacher)?
  3. Do you want to have your blog public vs. private? (Note, you can set individual blog posts private or password protected or have an entire blog set to private)
  4. Have you considered whether you are posting within or outside of Canada? This blog on opened.ca is hosted within Canada. That said, any public blog posts can have its content aggregated/curated onto social networks outside of Canada.

First tasks you might explore with your new blog:

  • Go into its admin panel found by adding /wp-admin at the end of your blog’s URL
  • Add new category or tags to organize your blog posts – found under “Posts” (but do not remove the pre-existing categories or sub-categories).  If you would like to add more course categories, please do so (e.g., add EDCI 306A with no space for Music Ed, etc.)
  • See if your blog posts are appearing on the course website (you must have the course categories assigned to a post first and have provided your instructor with your blog URL)
  • Add pages
  • Embed images or set featured images and embed video in blog posts and pages (can be your own media or that found on the internet, but consider free or creative commons licensed works)
  • Under Appearance,
    • Select your preferred website theme and customize to your preferences (New title, etc.)
    • Customize menus & navigation
    • Use widgets to customize blog content and features
  • Delete this starter post (or switch it to draft status if you want to keep for reference)

Do consider creating categories for each course that you take should you wish to document your learning (or from professional learning activities outside of formal courses). Keep note, however, that you may wish to use the course topic as the category as opposed to the course number as those outside of your program would not be familiar with the number (e.g., we use “Multimedia Learning” instead of “edci337).

Lastly, as always, be aware of the FIPPA as it relates to privacy and share only those names/images that you have consent to use or are otherwise public figures. When in doubt, ask us.