Making My Space
I have long said the first step teachers need to take when enhancing their pedagogical goals with digital text and tools is to create an online space for learning.
I had the opposite problem: too many spaces. In fact one would need Google Map enabled with WAZE to navigate all of the wikis, blogs, LMS, I had set up over the last decade and a half. So I am going for a unified design.
Over the next few weeks (hopefully not months) I hope to migrate all of my blog posts (luckily only 63…I am a lazy blogger), my tutorials spread over Google Sites, Moodle, and Wikispaces, and professional materials such as CVs, publications, etc. I decided to go with WordPress. I figured 18% must know something.
Yet I know nothing about WordPress. So as part of the Making Learning Connected MOOC I also want to document my make as I build my online hub here. Some of the first challenges I faced was adjusting to 3.5.1. I figured those out so far. I also chose to purchase a theme, not because great free responsive design theme are sparse. I just wanted technical support. I chose iFeature Pro from @cyberchimps. So far I love it. The drag and drop elements work with ease and the customer support is beyond reproach.
The migration, to date, has had challenges. The biggest for me (ignoring time) has been not knowing WordPress shortcode. I am used to having more control over HTML. I know HTML, barely, but enough to get by. Luckily there are enough WordPress resources for me to figure out shortcode or know when ti install a plug-in. I am sure many more challenges will arise.
Yet I hope to document this make, and my effort to use my online space for connected learning, transparent and share the trials of design that I face.