A blog is a popular web-based tool allowing people to publish their own posts. They are an engaging communication tool, offered via a number of user-friendly programs e.g. WordPress. The WordPress tool can also be used for evidencing and demonstrating professional capabilities.
Deakin chose WordPress as the preferred blogging platform to integrate into CloudDeakin. The platform can be used for assignments, discussions and collaboration to enhance learning activities, ePortfolios, and for a variety of blog types (student blogs, unit blogs and group blogs).
We have included links to additional resources/technical help in the CloudDeakin WordPress blogging tool guide.
- This WordPress installation is separate to any personal WordPress account you may have.
- Remember to include your name and username in the blog post.
- Remember to categorise your blog post under the correct blog topic.
- Remember to make sure that you post on the Deakin Blog Site (Which can be accessed only through CloudDeakin) and not on your own public blog site should you already have one.
You can access your WordPress blog through your unit site.
- In your unit site, click on the Content link on the site navigation bar.
- Go to the relevant module and select the WordPress link.
- The WordPress site will open in a new tab – you now have access to your blog site. Depending on how your unit chair has set up the site this will either be: Site per group, Site per student or Site per unit. (See example.
- Once you are on the blogging site, you can begin posting.
- You will be directed to the Dashboard, and you can click on New and Post to create a new blog post.
- On this page, you can Enter the title of your blog post, Add Media and format your blog post using the editing tool.
- On the bottom-right-hand side, you need to tick the relevant blog topic (category). It is critical for you to select before you publish.
- On the top right-hand-side, you can click on Save Draft to come back later and publish your post or you can click on Publish once you are done and ready to submit. You can also click on Preview to see how the post will look on the blog site prior to publishing.
- Further on the bottom right-hand-side you can also attach a thumbnail to your blog post by using the following Featured Image function.
- On completing your post, you are now ready to Publish it. (Note: Please consult your unit guide for more information.
Note: Students can view any assignment folders from other units in Student Blogging Services WordPress. Students can also submit assignment from any units within the Student Blogging Services WordPress.
- In your WordPress site under your site’s ‘Dashboard’, select Assignments.
- You will see the Assignment Folder title, type in any relevant comments and click Submit.
- You may navigate to the CloudDeakin Assignment Folder to view your submitted site.
Note: Please consult your unit guide for assignment submission instructions.
Dashboard: The homepage for editors and administrators. This is where you’ll find information about content (pages, posts, plugins) and recent activity on the website.
Post: Posts differ from pages as they can have different tags making them easier to search (e.g. category and ‘optional’). Posts are the best option for content that is updated regularly as is date-specific.
Page: The key elements of the WordPress site. Pages have a ‘parent page’ which form the hierarchy of the pages. These are best suited for information that does not need to be updated regularly.