WordPress is an unsupported, third-party tool which can be used to create blogs, portfolios and websites. WordPress is useful if you want students to create a public-facing online output. As the platform can be used as a structured website and/or as a blog comprising time-based posts, WordPress can be used for:
- Reporting on progress of a project
- Public diaries and learning journals
- Curation and sequencing online resources
- Resources to continue being used after graduation
A free WordPress account is required to set up a site and contributors will also need their own WordPress account. This website (the ELDT site) runs using the free version of WordPress at wordpress.com.
Social Work Placement
Each year a small group of students on the Social Work programme go on placement abroad and report their experiences on this site. WordPress was chosen for its ability to handle images, mobile app to allow contributions without the need for a computer and categorisation options to link posts to individual students and organisations. Students were given technical guidance and also guidance on writing for a public blog about their professional experiences.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Social Work Placement WordPress Site
Reading on Screen
The search functionality built into the site and the navigation elements using the menu at the top of the page were the main reasons why WordPress was chosen.
Matt Cornock, Blayn Parkinson
Reading on Screen WordPress Site