WordPressMU is much more than just a blogging tool. Here are some examples of WordPress sites being used for teaching and learning at other universities:
Course homepage/administration tool
WordPress can function as the central course administrative tool for faculty to share syllabi and other course materials, conduct course discussions, and collect students’ work.
- UMW Blogs: Asian American Literature
- UMW Blogs: Library and Internet Resources
- UMW Blogs: Writing Ecology
Multimedia “curation” sites
The ability to link and categorize multimedia materials (audio, video, etc) makes WordPress an idea tool for creating sites that bring together materials from the rest of the web.
- UMW Blogs: Our Nineteenth Century American Museum (note: click on a title on this blog to reveal the original student-created blog post)
- UMW Blogs: Eighteenth Century Audio
Presentations and research projects
Instead of presenting with a simple PowerPoint, why not create an entire mini-website devoted to the subject?
Students can decide on the design, layout and presentation of content for their work in a particular course.
Student groups, lab management and more
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.
- UMW Blogs: Lablogs
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.
- UMW Blogs: Panda Musings