Introduction

I believe that WordPress is a tool that all students and faculty, both in secondary and higher ed institutions, should learn how to use to communicate.  It is a powerful communications & organizational tool, with a low learning curve, expanding potential, and very mobile friendly.

In 15 minutes, I can show you how to create a free site on WordPress.com, post a text message with images, and create an “audio post,” and your content will be mobile friendly (display well on various mobile devices such as the iPad, Chromebook, or an Android smartphone).  *It will take more time to learn how to use the WP interface to create other postings and how to organize your content by categories (automatically creating RSS feeds for each category you create).

Do you have a mobile device from which you can easily create an email, to which you can attach an image file?  If so, you can create an illustrated post to your WP site from just about anywhere.  Most email programs will even let you create one or more email messages, even if you are not connected to the Internet (WIFI), and then will send those emails once your WIFI connection is re-established.  *That means, that if you want to take notes in class, using your mobile device and typing the notes into an email, you can automatically post those notes (by category) to your WP site.  You decide whether the site or notes are private, or make them available to a selected few (study group), or open them up to the public.

Would you like to create an online textbook?  I can think of no proprietary applications that could trump the simplicity and power of a free WordPress site for organizing & delivering your content.  However, if you want to include assessment or testing capabilities, that automatically feed into your grading software, you should look elsewhere (usually for a fee).

I think that the concept of a “learning object,” a means of delivering a body of content concentrated upon a specific subject, will someday be the norm.  But, most of us still understand the “book” concept of organizing content in a sequential, unit & chapter, paragraph & sentence structure.  A WP site works well for either concept.  Book chapters become site pages.  Pages include text, images, embedded audio & video, and various other Web 2.0 (interactive, social) tools, such as Prezi, VoiceThread, Socrative, Polldaddy, etc.

So, if you are interested in learning how to use WordPress as a mobile communications tool in education (or life), let’s delve deeper…

At one time I had developed a free course on Udemy.com called “Exploring WordPress as a Mobile Communications Tool in Higher Ed”.  After a couple of years, Udemy notified me that my course site no longer met their standards and that it would no longer be listed from their search routine.  They did provide me with a long list of items that were necessary for a successful course on Udemy, but I did not feel like taking the time to go through the checklist and trying to correct what might be lacking in my current site.  So, I removed most of the content that I had created, which consisted mostly of 5 minutes JING screen captures of me explaining/showing how to perform some WordPress function.  *I plan to re-create some of those illustrative videos so that you or your students can replay them over and over, if necessary, to learn how to perform some of those key tasks.