For your first preliminary assignment for this course, you’ll need to register and set up your personal WordPress blog, and then send me your WordPress user name and the URL of your blog. via ELMS message or email. That’s so I can read and grade your blog during the course, and add it to the student blogs listed on the class blog. You can also leave your WordPress login name and the URL of your blog in a reply to this blog entry.
For your second preliminary assignment for this course, you’ll need to review our ELMS course site, if you haven’t done so already, and the course blog.
1. To get your free WordPress blog, go to WordPress:
You’ll see an orange button that says “Create your WordPress.com blog now!” Click on the button and follow the directions. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to set up.
Once your personal blog is set up, you can personalize and configure it, using your blog “Dashboard.” For instance, if you click on the “Appearance” link in the left side menu of your Dashboard, you can choose from many different “themes” and customize your “widgets.” If you have questions or ideas about the configuration of your blog, don’t hesitate to ask me about it.
For a brief orientation about blogging at WordPress, try this site:
2. Here is the URL for ELMS, the course management system for all your courses at UMD, including ENGL245:
Once you log in to ELMS, find ENGL245 in your list of courses and click on the link, The first page you’ll see at ENGL245 is the home page, which shows the course syllabus, with the assignments listed at the bottom of the page. Review the syllabus and the assignments.
Once you’ve done that, you can turn your attention to the course blog.
You are reading this at the course blog. The menu at the top of this page, and every page on the course blog, has the links to the static pages. Right now, besides the “About” page, there is a page that describes the online exercises for the course, and another page for the syllabus.
You’ve already reviewed the syllabus at ELMS, so you don’t need to pay attention to that page right now.
But do look at the “Online Exercises” page, at this URL: