Faculty/Staff workshop: WordPress Level I

WordPress Level I (Faculty and Staff)

Instructor: Scott Carter

Dates & Times:*

  • Thursday, April 10, 10:00am – 11:00am (1 hour)
  • Monday, April 14, 4:00pm – 5:00pm  (1 hour)

Location: HL 108 (the computer classroom)


As Clay Shirky famously said, publishing in the modern world has become a button.  And one of the easiest ways to publish these days is to use WordPress. Whether you want a simple static website just for your contact info, or a robust blog loaded with links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, WordPress can do it for you.  And it’s easy!  

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out all of this in more in this hands-on workshop. Though the emphasis is on using the WOU-themed WordPress site hosted on our own servers, we will also discuss the pros and cons of using external web hosts.   

If you haven’t jumped on the WordPress bandwagon, drop me a line and I’ll create one for you.  A WOU WordPress site is required to attend this workshop, though you may certainly choose to delete it later.  But why would you?  WordPress makes creating and updating a website a lot more fun and easy than it used to be.  It can also be a great complement to Moodle.

Price: Free Event for Faculty and Staff

Though walk-ins are welcome if space is available, please RSVP to reserve your spot in the workshop.

* On our campus, it’s always tough to find dates and times that work for everyone.  If these times  don’t work for you, or if you want more customized individual help, I’m also happy to set up a one-on-one session in the Technology Resource Center (HL 124) or in your office.

Spring 2014 Tutoring Hours

The Technology Resource Center – Drop-In Tutoring Hours – Spring 2014


The TRC offers drop-in technology tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website?  Advice on configuring an Excel chart?  No appointment needed!  Stop by HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

Spring 2014 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours

Monday 4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday 4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides training and expertise on a variety of topics (Microsoft Office, website creation, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaborates in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, ebook, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments.