Course Preparation

It sounds like you’re interested in teaching students how to use WordPress (WP) for creating and managing content on a professional website. This involves various technical aspects such as site creation, management, visualization, and updating. Preparing for this before a Master’s program anniversary can be a great opportunity to showcase creative content. Here are some steps to guide your teaching process:

  1. Introduction to WordPress: Begin with an overview of WordPress, including its history, significance in web development, and its role in content management.
  2. Website Creation and Design: Teach the basics of setting up a WordPress site. This includes choosing a domain name, selecting hosting, installing WordPress, and choosing a theme. Emphasize the importance of design in professional settings.
  3. Content Creation and Management: Show how to create posts and pages, and how to add images and videos. Discuss content strategy and how to write for a professional audience.
  4. WordPress Plugins and Widgets: Introduce popular plugins for various functions (SEO, security, social media integration) and how to use widgets.
  5. Customization and Personalization: Teach how to customize themes and create a unique look for the site. This may include basic CSS and PHP editing for more advanced users.
  6. Visualization and Media Management: Focus on how to effectively use media to enhance content. This includes image editing, gallery management, and video embedding.
  7. Website Maintenance and Updating: Discuss the importance of regular updates, backups, and security measures to keep the website running smoothly.
  8. SEO and Analytics: Teach the basics of Search Engine Optimization and how to use tools like Google Analytics to track website performance.
  9. Social Media Integration: Show how to link the website with various social media platforms and how to use social media to drive traffic to the site.
  10. Project and Practical Application: Assign a project where students create and manage their own WordPress site on a topic relevant to their professional interests. This will give them hands-on experience.
  11. Review and Feedback Sessions: Regularly review student work, providing feedback and guidance to improve their skills.
  12. Preparing for the Master’s Anniversary: Plan a special session or project where students can showcase their work in preparation for the Master’s program anniversary. This could be a collaborative effort where each student contributes to a larger website or individual projects.

Throughout the course, encourage students to experiment and be creative with their websites. Offer resources like online tutorials, forums, and WordPress community support for additional learning.