I enjoy using technology, especially those that involve communication. I felt years ago that women in particular should benefit from using the new web media as, in general, we like communicating. I wonder what the stats are for gender on WordPress?
I am not now part of the delivery of HE. I have recently been involved in the delivery of a U3AC course for tutors to get their courses on line. It has been pretty successful delivery for the 8 or so participants we had who have enjoyed it. It was disappointing for a least one of the tutors though. He promoted his site before the start of the course but found only a small number of members had accessed it, because ‘the technology was beyond them’ He was amazed, even remembering that U3AC member are of mature years. His comment was
‘I know that Caxton invented the printing press about 300 years before the punters could read but this is ridiculous!
I will persevere, I will only put the forward programme on the web site and cajole them to read it there.’
I will catch up with him later in the term.
I have been a Twitter users for over 5 years, this is my first tweet, as you can see I was on my way to the first event I attended where Twitter was used.
I get most of my breaking news via Twitter, I learn more about areas of interest via the feeds of astronauts, digital map makers, education, there are the fun aspects (Queen_UK), and following a hashtag along with events. I recently read that a high % of Twitter users check their feed within minutes of waking up. Check!
I had set up a WordPress site, entirely via my iPhone the post reminds me, I think it was when I first heard about it 5-6 years ago. But having no real use for it I had forgotten this when I started the first LD5D Module. Having come back to use it I did find some of the site maintenance interface confusing. I enjoyed playing with the Themes and the Widgets. I am not sure I have gone for a format I would want to use if I were delivering material; this is very much a blogging site, which is I take it what we want for this module but perhaps something more like the Module site itself for delivery.
I have just plunged straight in (rather than RTFM which I may have to resort to given that I can’t get the insert picture to work at the moment). I have just clicked the Show/Hide Kitchen Sink (love it!) button to find lots more formatting stuff. Oh Colour … But Help seems blank, unhelpful. Also Preview does work from the new post screen, but does when I come back in to edit a draft, though the edit screen is now different with more options (Add media, Add Poll, Add contact form). So some things to get used to
At the back of my mind is the possibility of using this course to run at U3AC, if there was a demand for it. However I think it would be a minority sport given the quote above!
Added the picture now – looks like it didn’t work first time as it was a TIFF Image, but it didn’t tell me what the error was from the screen I used first (new post). From the Edit post screen it listed the file types which of course was helpful.
I will perhaps post later on identity but I see there are new posts from participants so I will away to read those