CAWT-076 - Introduction to WordPress - Alan Strozer

 

Course: Introduction to WordPress
Professor: Alan Strozer
Email:

alan.strozer@canyons.edu

strozeronline@yahoo.com

Format: Online
Length: 8 Weeks
Textbook: Students are required to obtain a free Lynda.com account to access assigned instructional videos

 

Introduction 

WordPress is a free, open-source website and blogging creation tool that is easy to learn and is, arguably, the most popular application with the largest community support base of its kind.

We are happy to bring you this short-term course in WordPress, making web authoring accessible to all, including those without prior coding experience or web technology training.

Course Description 

This eight-week, 1.5-unit course introduces students to the creation of websites and blogs using WordPress, the most popular web content management system currently in use. WordPress is a template-based content management system, offering hundreds of design templates, which can be customized to some degree by the developer. Use of WordPress does not require knowledge of HTML, CSS, or scripting languages, although it can be advantageous to have basic familiarity with HTML. Interactive and backend processes can simply be implemented using WordPress widgets.

This course requires proficiency with your computer’s operating system, computer file management, the Internet, a browser (especially Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer or Edge), and the ability to send e-mail. The course does not require installation of any special software. WordPress is an online application, which does not need to be installed on your computer.

 

CAWT 076 is required to obtain the following degrees and certificates offered by the Department of Computer Applications and Web Technologies:

A.S. Degree in Web Development 

A.S. Degree in Web Publishing & Design

Certificate of Achievement in Web Development

Certificate of Achievement in Web Publishing & Design 

Certificate of Specialization in Web Development

 

CAWT 076 can also be applied as elective credit for the degrees and certificates in Computer Applications and Administrative Assistant offered in the CAWT Department.

 

CAWT 076, however, is a non-technical class that can be successfully completed by anyone with a desire to create websites and blogs or to manage content on the Web.

Course Information

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

LECTURE:

Plan a comprehensive web site and blog demonstrating effective use of WordPress themes, widgets, interactive elements, search engine optimization, and WordPress web analytics.

LAB:

Construct and publish a comprehensive web site and blog demonstrating effective use of WordPress themes, widgets, interactive elements, search engine optimization, and WordPress web analytics.

 

The course is administered 100% online in Canvas, the learning management system currently used at College of the Canyons. Student Canvas accounts are created automatically once course fees are paid. No on-campus attendance is required, but access to broadband Internet is required.

During the first week of class, it is important that all students log into Canvas to update their Profile, if necessary, and to change their password. Students who have already used Canvas in previous semesters should still have an active password, which they can continue to use. Make sure that the e-mail address recorded in Canvas is your correct MyCanyons e-mail account.

Students must log into Canvas daily and are responsible for reading all content posted in Canvas. Please do not share passwords with others. The integrity of your Canvas account is your responsibility.

Textbook Information lynda.com

In lieu of a textbook, students are required to obtain a free Lynda.com account to access assigned instructional videos. Lynda.com is now owned by Linkedin Learning and free access to instructional videos through Linkedin may be limited or pricing policies may continuously change.

Free access to the entire Lynda.com video library is also available to all residents of California through various county libraries and other public agencies. California residents may obtain a Los Angeles County (not City) library card and PIN number with which they can register at Lynda.com.

Los Angeles County Library URL: http://www.colapublib.org/ 

Once at the Los Angeles County Library website, click on the Online Learning link in the navigation bar at mid-page or click the Digital Library link at the top of the Locate the Lynda.com logo or a link to Lynda.com, and read the information directing you to enter your library card information.

Students who live outside of California should check with their public library systems or contact Lynda.com to investigate whether it is possible to obtain a free account. If not, a fee-based Lynda.com subscription will be required.

Other Relevant Course Information

E-mail

All students must use their MyCanyons.edu e-mail account created for them by the College. In order to authenticate student identities and comply with FERPA regulations, instructors have been asked by the College to respond only to student e-mail originating from a MyCanyons.edu account. The MyCanyons.edu account is integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Live, which includes a free 7GB One Drive account for cloud data storage. All students must make sure that they have activated their MyCanyons.edu e-mail account. To activate your account, log into MyCanyons (WebAdvisor) on the college web site and follow the appropriate links related to student e-mail. 

Please always insert your course number (076) in the Subject header of your e-mails and identify yourself at the end of your e-mail messages with your full name.

For class-related issues, all e-mail correspondence to me should be sent to the e-mail address posted in Canvas (strozeronline@yahoo.com) and NOT to my general COC account. If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, they will be routed to the correct account.

Additional Resources

Canvas

The course can be accessed via Canvas at cv.canyons.edu on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE tutoring resource to COC students including:

  • Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
  • Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
  • Study Jam Review Sessions
  • Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.

Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS)

College of the Canyons DSPS provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC.  A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Disabled Students Program & Services website. 

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress – it could save someone’s life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text “Courage” to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7, and confidential.

 

 

If you have further questions regarding the course or need to contact me, please e-mail me at strozeronline@yahoo.com and insert the course number (076) in the Subject header of your e-mail.

I hope that you find this online course a worthwhile experience and look forward to meeting you online.

Alan Strozer, Professor

Computer Applications & Web Technologies

College of the Canyons

strozeronline@yahoo.com