Breakfast Cafe: Blogging with WordPress

The focus of this morning’s Breakfast Cafe was WordPress, and how it could be used to support and enhance Teaching and Learning. For those who don’t know, WordPress is an online platform that allows you to (individually or collaboratively) create websites and blogs (like the one you’re viewing now).

YSJ has an installation of WordPress, meaning all staff and students have the ability to create their own blog at

The aim of the session was to introduce staff to ways in which blogs could be used in Teaching and Learning. Here are a few of the ideas we discussed:

  • Collaborative class websites & blogs
  • Online textbooks / class publications
  • Online Portfolios / reflective writing
  • Collaborative assessments
  • Placement journals
  • Soft marketing tool – share course insights to perspective students & parents
  • Create websites for clubs, students groups, events, sports teams or just about any other type of group
  • Get feedback or gather information on the course (comments, forums, forms)

For further (and more detailed) examples, please see the slides from today’s session:

Finally, thank you to those who attended the session, we hope you found it useful. If anybody has any questions regarding the use of WordPress then please either add a comment below or email the team at:

Daniel & Phil

Further Resources

Using blogs in Teaching and Learning – University of Leeds

Daniel Mackley

Daniel’s role is to identify staff learning needs and strategically design, deliver and evaluate development interventions related to the effective use of current and emerging Technology Enhanced Learning tools in Higher Education. Working to the Learning & Teaching Development annual objectives and the TEL quality framework, he pro-actively supports and develops staff in their use of technology to enhance the student learning experience. Daniel is also the lead for the teams iPad Project.

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  1. Maria Parks says:

    Thanks Daniel and Phil, I came in specially for this breakfast cafe before travelling to Birmingham to deliver a talk. It was well worth the detour. Happy blogging!

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