Combining multiple course enrollments into a single course site

Many faculty teach multiple sections of the same course, or want to share the same materials with different courses. Using Duke Toolkits, faculty can add other course enrollments to any course site they’ve already created.

1. Login to Duke Toolkits and select the course site you want to add other enrollments to.

2. Click ‘Extend access to another course‘ from the menu on the right.

3. Choose the courses that you want to add to the current site, and click ‘Add’.

 

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Adding photo galleries

WordPress offers a number of methods for adding photo galleries to posts.

1) Upload several images to a page or post, and choose insert a ‘gallery’

WordPress offers a built-in gallery option for displaying several images in post or page. WordPress will automatically provide a ‘Gallery’ option whenever you add more than one image to a Page or Post. Here’s a video demonstration:

If you’ve already added images using the Media section, you’ll need to ‘attach’ them to a Page or Post to get the Gallery option. For more information, visit the following tutorial pages.

Here’s an example of a simple gallery:

2) Add a Flickr gallery with the Flickrpress plugin

You can also use images from a Flickr search or feed to create a gallery display. First, activate the FlickrPress plugin for your site (Plugins>Flickrpress and click ‘Activate‘). This plugin provides several options including creating a set of Flick images in your sidebar (just add the Flickrpress widget under Appearance>Widgets) and adding a Flick gallery to a page or post. To add a gallery to page or post, you’ll need to use a ‘shortcode’ for the plugin – which is just a short set of instructions included in brackets directly in the text of your post. You’ll see the result when you click ‘Publish’. Instructions and options for the FlickrPress plugin code can be found here.

[flickrpress type=”rss” url=”http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/groups_pool.gne?id=39398183@N00&lang=en-us&format=rss_200″]

3) Embed a Flickr slideshow from Flickr

You can also use services like Flickr to create slideshows and ’embed’ them into a WordPress page. To add an embed code to a WordPress site, you’ll need to activate the ‘Unfiltered MU’ plugin (Plugin>Unfiltered MU and click ‘Activate‘). This plugin allows embedding content into the HTML of a WordPress Page or Post. FLick has more information on sharing slideshows.

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Reordering pages

Here’s a quick tip on adjusting the order your pages display in. Go to the Dashboard and click Pages. Hover over a Page title to reveal the Quick Edit option.

Open the Quick Edit panel:

If you’re displaying Pages on your sidebar, click Appearance and Widgets. Check the Pages widget to make sure it’s sorting by Page Order.

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Turning comments/commenting off

To remove options for commenting on all new/future Pages and Posts (comment boxes, links to add comments, etc):

To turn off comments for individual Posts and Pages, including any previously created Posts or Pages:

  1. From within the Dashboard, Edit the Post or Page
  2. Scroll down past the content boxes and look for the Discussion options. Uncheck Allow comments.

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Display a page instead of a blog post on your front page

WordPress sites usually default to displaying your blog (all of your recent Posts) on the front page. To change a WordPress site to display a Page instead, click Settings, then Readings.

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Footnotes

We’ve installed a plugin called “FD Footnotes” that will allow WordPress users to include footnotes in their posts and pages. To use the plugin, administrators need to first activate the plugin. To activate a plugin: login to your site, click “Plugins,” scroll through the list until you find “FD Footnotes,” click “Activate.” The plugin should now turn bracketed text into footnotes (see instructions below).

The following directions for adding footnotes to a post or page come directly from the plugin author.

Usage

Adding footnotes to a post is simple. Just type them inline in your post in square brackets like this:

Footnote Example 1

Each footnote must have a number followed by a period and a space and then the actual footnote. They don’t have to be unique but it is recommended. It doesn’t matter what the numbers are since the footnotes will be automatically renumbered when the post is displayed.

For example, this:

Footnote Example 2a

…produces this:

Footnote Example 2b

Footnotes can contain anything you’d like (except square brackets) including links, images, etc. Footnotes are automatically linked back to the spot in the text where the note was made.

Note: Do not include square brackets [] inside the footnotes themselves.

Note: Footnote numbers don’t need to be unique but it is recommended, especially if the text is identical for multiple footnotes. If you have multiple footnotes with the exact same text and number then you’ll get weird and incorrect footnotes on your post.

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Using more than one site

Some faculty and students may be an editor, subscriber or admin on more than one Duke WordPress site. To switch between sites, simply login to one of your sites and click ‘My Sites.’ Choose the Dashboard for the site you want to edit or post to.

myblogs

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Posting audio or images from your computer

To add images, audio, or other files from your computer (as opposed to things you find on the web), use the Add Media buttons at the top of the post editor.

When you get to a point in your post where I want to add audio, video, or an image to my post, place the cursor where you want the media to be, and click one of the gray media buttons at the top of the editor. There are buttons for images, video, audio, and other files, and they all work the same way; this post uses an audio file to demonstrate.

mediabuttons

The Add Audio window comes up, and there are several choices: you can add files from your computer, from a URL on the web, or you can use a file that’s already in the media library for the blog.

To add a file from your computer, choose “Select File” and browse to find your file.

selectmedia

Once the file is uploaded, check that the information looks correct, edit if needed, and then click “Insert into Post” at the bottom of the window.

insertmedia

One note: this process is only for files that are small enough to upload to your blog. Most audio files, images, and documents will work, but videos more than a few seconds long should be hosted on a video site like YouTube or Vimeo.

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