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WordPress: Making Blog Building Easy

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Written by: Evan Sanderson

Let’s reveal a little secret–all those fancy blogs you look at aren’t really that hard make. In fact, a good deal of the Internet is built on the WordPress platform. WordPress is a website building platform that is easy to use and elegant in design.

With WordPress, you can create pages, post updates, and manage comments. Visitors can post comments and share your posts through social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. And best of all? It’s basic functionality is free to use!

To learn more, watch the CTRL instructional video on WordPress here:

Showcase Yourself with an E-portfolio

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Are you a student or an educator who wants to showcase his or her research? E-portfolios are a great way to share information about yourself, your achievements, and your hard work. There are several ways that you can easily create a portfolio online with little hassle.  Ally Krupar, an E-learning consultant of the CTRL, knows a few ways you can do that:

“Whether you think of HTML as a familiar friend or a terrifying alien monster, we can all agree that sometimes code just takes too much time.  In an attempt to help a friend build her web presence, and my own while I was at it, I worked my way through the abundance of e-Portfolio options.  The benefits of using an e-Portfolio as a personal page are that

1. You can create a portfolio specific to your profession and interests, from academe to graphic design

2. You don’t have to know how to write html, and

3. You can link all of your social networking and personal sites in one place.”

Her complete  blog post has been published on TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change.

Ally Krupar has worked with the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning since 2008 as an Advanced Learning Technologies Trainer and Consultant and currently as our e-Learning consultant in the Teaching and Learning Resources office.  She is interested in using technology and e-Learning to promote international human rights, conflict resolution, and intercultural understanding.  She holds a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on International conflict resolution, human rights law, and anthropology from American University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. 

Use Dreamweaver to Showcase Your Research (or Yourself)

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Adobe DreamweaverStatistics is the name of our game…and so is data visualization. One of the ways we can help get your long hours of research known to the world is to get it online. And what better way to do that than create a website?

Adobe Dreamweaver is available on each of the computers in our lab. With Dreamweaver, you will be able to create a website without the knowledge of HMTL. The design view will allow you to create your website the way it will appear on a browser.

What’s another great reason to get started on creating a website? As a student of American University, you get access to free webhosting provided by the university so that you can launch your web site free of charge. This space is located in a folder in your G:/ drive called “www” (if you are a staff or faculty member, you will need to speak with your department to get access to this).  Take advantage of the free space that AU offers you!

Even if you don’t have a project to show off, you can create a personal website that highlights you and your personal achievements. These days it’s a great idea to have a website that showcases your work portfolio for job opportunities. If you need help getting started, a consultant in the lab is ready to assist.