WordPress site: Stories of Medicine(note: this blog is private to group members only)
Site Administrator: Gretchen Case, Thompson Writing Program Lecturing Fellow Course: Writing 20: Oral History and the Stories of Medicine
Since many of the interviews contained sensitive information, Case and her students worked on the site privately, using it as a searchable audio repository. Students could search for different interviews and listen to them directly from a player embedded on the page itself.
WordPress administrators can make changes to the way the built-in audio player handles mp3 files (and other audio files) via the ‘Audio Player‘ link under Settings in their site’s Dashboard.
According to the site’s About page, the World Cup and World Politics site provides a place for:
“commentators, including students in the Duke University class “World Cup and World Politics” to post thoughts, musings, rants, links, etc. related to the history and politics of soccer. With the course now over, the blog will continue to host discussion on the topic from (particularly devoted) students from the course, other interested students from Duke, and correspondents elsewhere who have decided to join in the fun.”
Students in Dubois’ Fall 2009 course were encouraged to participate in the active (and still ongoing) conversation via the site’s main blog. During the semester, student groups created pages to present their research projects. Once completed, the projects were made public to accept additional feedback and comments from the wider audience of soccer fanatics, history buffs and even some professional journalists.
On the technical side, Dubois created connections to the larger soccer community by linking to (and posting) Flickr feeds, RSS feeds (which displayed syndicated headlines from other popular sources), and more recently – by connecting the site to a Twitter account (see image below).
Groups of students working on team-based projects can use WordPress as a team management tool (post and share resources, documents and updates), and as a notebook tool to capture their work as they go.
Of course, WordPress also works incredibly well as a blogging platform. Faculty may want to create a single blog and ask students to comment on particular topics. Faculty might also consider giving each student their own blog to organize course reflective writing activities, post papers, etc.