In Gary Gereffi’s Organizations and Global Competitiveness course engages students in a “team project experience in designing and evaluating research connected to contemporary global issues.” In the past, these team projects have been presented as standard, HTML websites developed after several web trainings. In Spring 2010, Gereffi’s students used WordPress to create their team sites.
Here’s an image of the main course site, which simply points to each team site (each team researched a particular product or industry).
Teams took on industries such as beef, footwear, wine and athletic shoes. The teams (comprised of 3-5 students) became ‘administrators’ of their team sites, giving them the ability to change the appearance and structure of the site, as well as the ability to add and edit content such as images, diagrams, and screenshots of spreadsheets to their pages in addition to the text of their team’s reports.
WordPress site: The Body in/on the Market
Site Administrator: Keith Wilhite, Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program
Course: Writing 20
Keith Wilhite’s site for his Writing 20 course “The Body in/on the Market” provides a good example of using a WordPress site as a lightweight alternative to using a more robust course management tool (ex: Blackboard). Wilhite used the site to post his syllabus, course schedule, links and more.
Wilhite also created a password protected WordPress page to provide students access to course readings:
To password-protect a blog post or page, or to make it private to your blog members, click the “Visibility” link in the Publish box and select one of the options.
Students in the course also wrote and posted assignments, paper drafts, and final papers in the main blog – choosing categories to help readers sort and search through the assignments.