Weblogs and Wikis BootCamp2014

Complete tasks from Week 1 before class time on Tuesday evening. You're welcome and encouraged to go on to Week 2 at any time.

Week 1

1. Review the CourseStatement2014. Make sure you understand how this course will proceed, how it works, what is expected of you. Re-read the details about time needed and frequency of posting. Ask questions now. You can ask them by posting to the comments on the Welcome post on the Daybook (best), or by email (meh), or bring them to class face to face (second best).

By Friday 17 Jan

2. Set up your weblog on Wordpress.com. Use the Missing Manual chapters 1, 2, - , 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 as a guide, and select the options that suit our semi-formal academic purposes. It's best to read through the chapters of the Missing Manual first to get a sense of where you're going, then set things up. You should select a template, create a title for your weblog, a tagline, and make a couple of test posts to get used to things.
3. Once you've completed the activities above, email me with the address of your blog and I'll add you to the Daybook so can post announcements. I'll also add your weblog to our blogroll.

By Sunday 19 Jan

4. Set up a Twitter account. If you have one, you can use that account for the class or start a new one. As with your blog, write a profile. Tweet an introduction using #en3177. Everyone search for the tag #en3177 and follow others in the class. Send a tweet with the address of your weblog once it's set up. Start tweeting using the #en3177 tag. Learn how to search for #en3177. Read your time line regularly, and follow others in the class. Follow @weblogsandwikis. Add your Twitter address to your About page.

5. Select an avatar - an image or icon to represent the self that is working in this course. You may already have one, or you might find one specifically for the course. Register at http://gravatar.com using the email address you're using for this course. Gravatar is associated with WordPress.com. Once you register with WordPress, you can use your WP account name and address to register with Gravatar. Once registered, your avatar should show up on WP posts and comments. You can add and verify other services as you wish.

6. Start posting daily to get into the routine. I'll post some ideas and directions on The Daybook to get you started.

Week Two: Starts Tues 21 Jan

Week Two is about RSS, CC and IP, customizing your weblog further, and practicing embedding media into blog posts - because we're all about multimodality now.


1. Study up on RSS: What it is, how it works. Start with RSS in Plain English, and read up on RSS in The Missing Manual. You may not understand it completely until you've set up a reader and subscribed to some feeds, but push on.

2. Set up a Google account, and then set up Google Reader. Start here: www.google.com/reader. There's also a tour that explains how to subscribe to feeds, and how to use Google Reader. Google Reader is now defunct.

2. Set up an RSS account at Feedly.com. There are other RSS aggregator sites available, but Feedly is pretty good.

3. Subscribe to some course feeds and news feeds.
  • Subscribe to the Daybook's RSS feed.
  • Subscribe to the Weblogs and Wikis home page RSS feed.
  • Subscribe to the RSS feeds of others in the class.
  • Go to some of the sites (news, blogs, info) you visit regularly and subscribe to their feeds.

Post on Creative Commons and Intellectual Property

1. Read up on and write a post on copyright and the CC movement. Do the research first. Look into Creative Commons, and intellectual property (IP). The Missing Manual also has some information on copyright on the web, placing copyright notices on your weblog, and asking permission to post - which should be part of your research. Then write up a blog post in which you share your findings, linking to the resources you found most useful, and annotating those links. End this post by considering how you'll be licensing your work for this class, and why you made that choice. This post is due by midnight Friday so others have time to read and comment. Saturday and Sunday, then, visit the posts of others, comment - extend - develop - compare those that strike you as useful / significant / interesting. H/t to ds106

Refine your weblog and develop a workflow

Post a Reflection

By Monday evening, (27 Jan) post a reflection on these two weeks of Bootcamp set up. Refer to the HeuristicForWeeklySummaries as a guide. Link to your work for the last two weeks. I'm not considering your work with BootCamp2014 complete until materials are linked. Categorize this post under the appropriate category on your blog (Weekly Reflections or something similar).

You can post your summary earlier, of course, once you've completed the bootcamp activities and had a chance to review what others are doing, gleam what you can, and comment here and there.


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