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Finding WordPress Help


When starting to use WordPress, finding answers to your questions can be overwhelming. Because so many people use WordPress to run their web sites, there are countless options for finding assistance. Understanding a little more about WordPress can help you narrow down your options and get the help you need.

Change a Display Name


One of the easiest things you can do to make your blog posts look a little more polished is to change how your name appears in your byline.  WordPress allows you to change this easily in your Profile. 1.) Log in to your site. 2.) Click on your name in the Admin Bar in the […]

iPad only: a week with no other technology (except a cellphone!)

So my last article was about how useful the iPad was as an academic tool, but I decided it was all pretty abstract, so I thought that a real test of the iPad’s usefulness would be to go a week without using a normal computer and just using the iPad to accomplish all the tasks […]

Working with Video in the Classroom

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Swem Library in collaboration with Academic Technology hosted a recent brown bag on video resources as the second part of a three-part series called Thinking About Next Semester:  Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes. The “Working with Video in the Classroom” brown bag featured three presentations on the video resources available to […]

Teaching and Researching with Images

  In collaboration with Academic Technology, Swem Library staff hosted a recent brown bag as the first part of a three-part series called Thinking About Next Semester: Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes. In this post, based on the “Images in the Classroom – and Beyond!” brown bag, I’ll give you a […]

Me and My iPad


When I thought about writing an essay discussing the iPad and its feasibility as an academic tool, my first thought after using one for the past few months is that the iPad is, for me, a very personal tool, thus the image of Oblio and his dog, Arrow, from the animated film, The Point. If […]

Creating a Faculty Dossier in Blackboard

This is a temporary fix until the process can be automated by IT. First, you’ll want to download the Faculty Dossier template here:  Download Blackboard Faculty Review template (the file will by default be called Make sure you download the file somewhere you can find it. Next, Create a non-academic Blackboard course site using […]

Move a WordPress Site


Export your site so you can move it to a different WordPress installation.

Embed Videos with WordPress


WordPress makes it very easy for you to embed videos into your posts and pages. “Embedding” a video means that you are including a video on your site that is stored on a different video site such as YouTube. Here is an example of an embedded video: If you use embedded videos, your site’s visitors […]