Group Blogging

1.Group Blogging v. Syndication

There are numerous ways of collaborating and communicating online in and for courses. However, when it comes to using WordPress There are two basic methods of pulling together blog posts on a course site: group blogging and syndication. Group blogging is when everyone in the course is a user of the course site and contributes to discussion by posting directly on site. Syndication is when everyone has separate blog sites that get fed into a course site.

2.Adding Yourself to a Course Blog or Site

Some courses require you to write posts directly on a central course blog. To do this, you will need to add yourself as an Author to that course blog.

  1. Make sure you are logged into UMW Blogs or you are on your professor’s course site.
  2. Navigate to the URL for your course site on UMW Blogs or UMW Domains (your professor should provide you with this).
  3. Locate the Add Me button in your course blog, usually in the sidebar, header or footer. Once you have clicked the button, the page will refresh, and your course blog will now appear under the My Sites menu if you are using UMW Blogs.
  4. If you are on your professor’s course site, you will be prompted to create a username and password. Once you have created that, you can login to the course site to add posts.

Other Notes:

  • If you do not find the Add Me button, but instead see the following message: “If you want to add yourself to this blog, please log in,” this means you are not logged in. Log in to UMW Blogs and try again.
  • If you are logged in and continue to have a hard time finding the Add Me button, ask a classmate or your professor.
  • Once you have added yourself as an author to a course blog, you cannot remove yourself. If you drop the class or otherwise need to be removed from the course blog, contact your professor for assistance.
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