Posted on December 31, 2010
Teaching online with WordPress.com
In the fall semester of 2010, I taught a graduate course called New Media and a Democratic Society using a WordPress.com blog as both syllabus and the means of delivering all assignments. The class did meet face to face once a week for presentations and discussions, but otherwise, everything about the course was connected through the blog. The students were required to set up and maintain their own individual WordPress.com blogs.
I had a very good experience with this, and I would encourage other university educators to give it a try.
It doesn’t replace a course management system such as Moodle or Sakai, but it worked really well as a way to get students to interact with one another through blog comments and also to experience social media directly (see for example the Twitter assignment).
Feel free to borrow, copy or adapt anything you like about the course I delivered.