How Do I Get Started?

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Before you can do anything else, you’ll need a new class blog. If you’ve ever created a Blackboard course, the process is exactly the same.

STEP 1: After logging into MyACU, click on the wrench   wrench next to the appropriate class. From the Create Tools link in the pop-up window, you will simply add a class blog with whatever other tools you may need this semester.

STEP 2: When your class blog has been created, you’ll see the WordPress logo   wp appear in your class listing in MyACU. By default, blogs are “managed” so that students enrolled in Banner will automatically be added and removed from the blog as they would be in a Blackboard class.

ACUblogsStandard

Basic Blog Setup screencast

Once your blog is created, there are a few settings you’ll need to check before adding content. Look for the Dashboard link in your confirmation email, and review the following (these settings can always be changed later):

    1. change blog name (in Settings->General)
    2. add your name to header (in Theme Options)
    3. add course description (in Theme Options)
    4. choose between Standard or Minimal Theme (in Theme Options)
    5. add custom header or image (in Appearance->Custom Header)
    6. customize your sidebar (in Appearance->Widgets)

For a video walk-through of the setup process and introduction to sidebar widgets, see the following video podcasts developed by Mike Wiggins:

Basic Blog Setup (12 min)

Custom Navigation Widget (7 min)


How-To Podcasts:

Introducing the WordPress Dashboard

Adding a Widget to Your Sidebar

What’s Next?

Before getting too far, you’ll need a recent photo for your profile picture or avatar. If you’ve taken a campus portrait, you may find a copy here. Once you have a photo handy, follow the instructions on  Adding an Avatar on ACU Blogs.

Once you can find your way around the Dashboard, the following pages should help you add content to your blog.

Class Blogs: The Basics

Class Blogs: Advanced Tips

iPhone and iPod touch Integration