Add User to campus blogs

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Much of the work integrating WordPress MU into campus systems this summer was focused on managing users. Just as with Blackboard or Class Folders/Drop Boxes, this integration draws student lists from Banner and makes sure students are added or dropped from your blog automatically.

Picture 40However, a growing number of users on campus manage campus blogs for sharing announcements with a department or media with a multi-section course. For these “Unmanaged Blogs” (not tied to Banner), there will be situations where you want to add student editors, guest authors, or others on campus without opening the blog up to the web. All blog owners should now see the Add User button on the left menu under the Users section. When you select Add New, type in the ACU username of the student or employee you want to add and select an appropriate role. (For more information on WP roles, see the Advanced Tips page.)

*Please be aware that this does not work for Class Blogs. Just as with Blackboard, adding a user to a class blog with this method is temporary and will be deleted during the next Banner update. To add a student editor or TA to a class blog, go to the wrench tool in MyACU.

One other option for making your blog semi-private is simply to change the Privacy level (go to the Privacy panel under Settings). Making your blog available to “registered members from blog community” will keep it behind the MyACU login but accessible to any campus user you give the address.

We are currently investigating the FERPA implications of private and public class blogs, but for now this should give you a range of options for managing access to your site. Feel free to

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