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Introduction to UNSW Blogs

Slides for a worskhop for UNSW staff held on 11 May 2009

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Introduction to UNSW Blogs

  1. 2. Workshop Overview <ul><li>Welcome and Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the UNSW Blogs Platform </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress Basics </li></ul><ul><li>UNSW Blogs Terms of Use & Publishing Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins – Bells and Whistles (Additional Features!) </li></ul><ul><li>Help and Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and General Discussion </li></ul>
  2. 3. Intro to the UNSW Blogs Platform <ul><ul><li>Open Source blogging platform used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress is used to enable a wide range of blogging spaces including Wordpress.com, UMW Blogs (University of Mary Washington Blogs), TAFENSW – Sydney Institute Blogs, Edublogs </li></ul></ul>Powered by the Wordpress Multi-User Platform
  3. 4. Wordpress Basics <ul><li>WordPressMU is an open source blog publishing / content management application </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for publication of multiple blogs on one platform and is extremely customisable </li></ul><ul><li>Includes the ability to develop Custom Themes (templates) and installation of plugins and widgets to ensure flexibility </li></ul>
  4. 5. UNSW Blogs Terms of Use & Publishing Policies <ul><li>The Terms of Use and Guidelines Publishing on the UNSW Blogs platform are currently under development </li></ul><ul><li>The Terms of Use and Guidelines should allow for flexibility and sharing, as well as ensuring that relevant university polices are met. </li></ul><ul><li>Consideration should be given to policies for both professional and personal use of online tools such as blog, wikis and social software </li></ul>
  5. 6. Existing Policies to Consider <ul><li>TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute’s Terms of Use and Guidelines for the myLearning Platform (Wikis and blogs) See: http://termsofuse.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Guidelines for Online Publishing See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/ </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Guidelines for Personal Use of Online and Social Media Sites See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/advice/personalweb/index.shtml </li></ul>
  6. 7. TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute Guidelines <ul><li>See: http://termsofuse.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/ </li></ul>
  7. 8. UNSW Blog Themes <ul><li>A small collection of UNSW Blog Themes have been developed and more are on the way! </li></ul><ul><li>Themes have been designed to meet UNSW Branding obligations, but still allow for a level of user customisation and personalisation </li></ul><ul><li>Themes are designed for use with a wide range of plugins, plus ‘widgetised’ to allow for extensive sidebar and content customisation. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Themes: Course Blog Theme
  9. 10. Themes: UNSW Blogs - Simple
  10. 11. PLUGINS! <ul><li>In general, most standard Wordpress Plugins work with WPMU, however there are some exceptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Some standard Wordpress plugins require extra customisation to work on the WPMU platform securely. </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins can be activated and deactivated on a per-blog basis. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Plugins: Podcasting and Vodcasting <ul><li>UNSW Blogs allows for podcasting and vodcasting using the Blubrry PowerPress Plugin </li></ul><ul><li>Blubrry is a 3 rd party plugin and is used on the Blubrry Social Network which has a focus on podcasting. It enables users to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily add/modify/remove podcast episodes from blog posts and pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated audio/video media player </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast Only Feed and integrated feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes RSS tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced iTunes summaries from blog posts option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes album/cover art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ping iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media size detection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration detection (mp3 only) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Blubrry Podcasting/Vodcasting Interface
  13. 14. Embedding Multimedia <ul><li>Wordpress MU allow for the embedding of various multimedia and web 2.0 resources including sites like Youtube, Flickr and Slideshare.net </li></ul><ul><li>Various Plugins have been installed to enhance this feature, allowing for seamless integration of content and ‘mashups’! </li></ul>
  14. 15. Sidebars and Widgets! <ul><li>Wordpress allows for customisation of blog sidebars via Widgets. </li></ul><ul><li>A wide range of widgets have been installed on the UNSW Blogs Platform, including tools to embed multimedia, web 2.0 tools and various additional features. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Questions and Discussion! <ul><li>Note: We will publish these slides on the TELT Blog shortly and encourage you to continue the discussion online! </li></ul>
  16. 17. USEFUL LINKS <ul><li>UNSW Blogs: http://blogs.unsw.edu.au </li></ul><ul><li>TELT WIKI – Blogging Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress MU: http://mu.wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><li>Jo Kay’s Website: http://jokay.com.au </li></ul>
  17. 18. Contact Jo! <ul><li>Jo Kay, Freelance Virtual Worlds, Web Design, eLearning & Facilitation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: http:// jokay.com.au </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki: http:// jokay.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio Site: http:// jaspercat.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: http:// twitter.com /jokay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Islands of jokaydia: http:// jokaydia.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mob: 0405179622 </li></ul></ul>