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Question on Embedding

Yesterday I received a question from someone about how to embed a YouTube video (and other things) into a MiraCosta College WordPress blog post. I responded to this individual and my instructions helped, so I thought I would also post the instructions here for all of you. To help illustrate what I did, I will insert an image of the HTML code. I captured the HTML embed code from the YouTube video and then inserted it into the post while in the “Text” mode for “Add Post.” Here is what the code looked like:

Screenshot of WordPress post html code including embed code for a YouTube video.

My hope is that seeing the embed code here is helpful. This is the text version of the code in the above image:

…videos impact students.  <br><br><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/DqUW02hUAoM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe><br>CDWebTeach…

As People Set Up Their Blogs – “Tags” Tutorial

Hi, everyone:

As people are setting up their blogs, I thought I would post another tutorial that may be helpful for some of you. It has been great reading all of your posts!

Reference: CDWebTeach (2012, September 9). Tags in WordPress [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/v5r2yeGJFaA

Setting up a Blog – Categories

Categories can be a great way to help organize your blog posts so that others can find your posts quickly.  I worked on this over the summer at my MiraCosta College WordPress blog.  After categorizing posts, add the “Categories” widget to your menu so others can browse your posts.

Here is a short, closed-captioned tutorial about how I do this:


Reference: CDWebTeach (2012, September 5). Categories in WordPress [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/Ox33CabnK8c

A quick feed tutorial: tags


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by reallyboring
The syllabus suggests that if you already have a blog, “you can tag class-related posts ‘potcert‘ and add the feed for that tag instead.”

If you’re like me, you thought something along the lines of “hmmm. . . . now where do I find the feed for a tag?” It’s not readily apparent from within WordPress, even when you’re looking at just the tag you want to feed.

I popped over to the feed documentation at the WordPress Codex, but I’ll save you the trouble and give you the shortcut right away: the feed for any particular tag takes the form of

http://example.com/tag/tagname/feed

So for my blog,the feed for the potcert tag looks like this:

http://pedagogy.learningbusiness.net/tag/potcert/feed

For your own blog, just substitute your own URL for “pedagogy.learningbusiness.net,” and Bob’s your uncle.

Getting ready for the POT Online Certificate Class (the SMOOC)

I’m getting the new Pedagogy First! blog set up for the Program for Online Teaching Certificate Class, our open online class to help prepare folks to teach in a web environment. We’ll start officially September 1. It’s a 24 week class that runs 12 weeks in fall and 12 weeks in spring. People can participate from anywhere as we learn and blog our progress together. We’re still drafting, but the syllabus and instructions are being set up here.

We had 90 participants to start last year, from all over the world, with 16 completing the full requirements for the certificate.

Our big change from last year is that, like the wonderful ds106 at UMW, we’re going to expect participants to set up their own blog in a hosted environment. Last year we encouraged the use of Edublogs or WordPress.com, but we quickly found out that these services are starting to charge money for the basic things we need to do, like embed media.

So we’re doing two things to encourage people to get in there and get dirty early on. The first is a two-week workshop prior to the class starting, which will take place in the POT Facebook group. Led by myself and Todd Conaway, we’ll try to answer questions and help people out. Our second approach is to move some of the reading and other tasks for later in the course, so that people can have more time to wrestle with WordPress in the first couple of weeks.

I’m having my own technical problems, of course, just like I did last year. Again, I am unable to figure out why some of the syndicated feeds coming in through FeedWordpress are saying “Comments are closed” even though they are set to open on both the home blog and in the theme and FWP settings on the aggregated blog.

As always, it’s just us, a small group of volunteer faculty we call the Program for Online Teaching, plus our previous participants and certificate earners helping as mentors and moderators. We call it a SMOOC because it’s a Small to Medium Open Online Course (unlike the Massive MOOCs with thousands of people – we’re small and we’re proud).

The tag will be “potcert12” in Twitter and elsewhere, and you needn’t commit to a certificate to join in the fun. Open, casual, one-night-stand participants are welcome – we’ll just need the feed for your tagged posts when the time comes. Won’t you join us?

Admirable WordPress sites

I am looking forward to working with WordPress to build a new website for MiraCosta’s online education/ Teaching-Technology Innovation Center. Here are a few websites of instructional technology / teaching enhancement centers that are inspirational in what they’re doing with WordPress.

http://cit.duke.edu  http://cft.vanderbilt.edu  http://www.txwescetl.com

Do you have any others you’d recommend as exemplary?


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