The Office of Faculty Development

Teaching with Wordpress

Wordpress and other content management systems (CMS) are powerful tools for moving beyond the confines of traditional university LMS (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas). While they require some forethought and proper planning to be used successfully, they can help make online learning more dynamic and engaging for students. 

Depending on class design and teaching goals, standalone websites can also provide a way for students to share their work with a public audience. Having a class website can also help offer prospective students a sense of the type of work they may be doing in your class, which is a great way to boost course enrollment. 

This guide will help interested faculty with the basics of setting up their own online class website using the free, open-source Wordpress software, which is hosted online for free with your custom url (e.g. No prior experience with website creation or advanced computer skills are needed for this guide. A simple how to video tutorial is also included in the Watch resources for interested faculty. As a reminder, faculty should ensure their use of external platforms meet all of the campus digital technology requirements, including accessibility, privacy, and data security, as outlined in Executive Memorandum 20-020(opens in new window).

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Check out this Academic Technology post(opens in new window) for lots of helpful Wordpress tips, tricks & web links.

Learn how to integrate your class podcast(opens in new window) into Wordpress.

Listen to the WP Tonic podcast(opens in new window) for tips and advice on running your own Wordpress LMS.

Want to delve more in depth into Wordpress? Then check out the WP Builds podcast(opens in new window).

Watch this easy faculty how to guide(opens in new window) on creating and setting up a free Wordpress class website.

Learn how to do basic edits and customize(opens in new window) your Wordpress site.

Read Wordpress for Education(opens in new window) by Adam Scott (Packt Publishing, 2012) for more details on using Wordpress in the classroom.

Check out the official Wordpress Learn site(opens in new window) for more great resources.