Week 1


  • Introduction, review syllabus and expectations
  • Optimal design team members and roles
  • Why planning is essential to effective digital communication
  • In-class lab: set up WordPress blogs

Lecture: PPT, Slideshare



  • Create Student Blogs using Word Press ; use your UWNetID as your login. That will make your WordPress URL <uwnetid.wordpress.com>. It will make my life easier. 🙂
  • Create an initial blog post, 200-300 words on how you use digital media (web, podcasts, cellphones, etc) in your life every day. Categorize the blog post “assignment”
  • Before 10.00 pm, e-mail the blog post URL (permalink) to me at kegill – at – uw
    • Required settings
      • Make the name (separate from the login) distinctive (not “Com585″!) – This setting is found under “options – general”
      • Change the time (options tab) to -8 Greenwich Mean Time so that we all have the same timestamp
      • Change the design (presentation tab)
      • Create the following blog post categories — we will be categorizing all blog entries
        • Assignment
        • Reading
        • Discussion Leader
    • Recommended settings:
      • Make the blog public but not included in search engines or public listings unless you want the outside world to easily view your blog. This setting is found under “options – privacy”
      • To avoid spam, enable “Users must be registered and logged in to comment.” This setting is found under “options – general”

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