Archive for October, 2009

Mid-Semester Updates

by   |  10.22.09  |  Tutorials

The past few weeks campus developers have been testing updates to WordPress MU that will go live Friday. For a quick summary of new plugins and capabilities, see the following four-part podcast.

Part 1: My Blogs and Plugins panels (2 min)

A quick introduction to the mid-semester updates and two additions to your Dashboard.

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Part 2: New Video Embedding plugin (3 min)

Simple video embedding is now available through shortcodes for over 50 popular video services. For a complete list of available services and example shortcodes, visit the WordPress Video Plugin site.

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Part 3: New PollDaddy Polls plugin (3 min)

Those looking for ways to add embedded polls to blog posts will also be interested in this update. To create your free account, visit the PollDaddy site (you’ll need this login before creating your first poll).

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Part 4: Post by Email Change (3 min)

Finally, to improve the speed of the Post by Email system, there is one last change. If you are using Postie to post content to your blog, you’ll need to Activate the plugin. For more information on using Postie, see the Post by Email screencast.

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For all other questions or comments about the update, please post to the Leave a Comment page.

Sharing Course Documents

0 Commentsby   |  10.14.09  |  Tutorials

Here is a quick walk-through of three ways to share files on a class blog. The process will be the same whether you’re sharing a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, PDF, or media file. Feel free to raise additional questions or issues in the comments below.

The three methods described are posting documents by email, using the Add Media button in the editor window, or converting Word documents to pages using the Paste from Word button.

Sharing Documents (10 min)

*Remember that mobile users also have the ability to open most common file types from an iPhone or iPod touch. Unfortunately Flash files or media are not currently compatible with the iPhone software though links to the following formats can be opened from your blog.

    Office: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX
    Other: PDF, TXT, RTF, Keynote, Pages, Numbers
    Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF
    Audio: AAC, MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV
    Video: MP4, M4V, MOV