A colleague of mine (Jeremy Boggs) was scheduled to teach this week long seminar course at Arizona State University. Unfortunately, he had a death in the family and was not able to go. He asked, and ASU consented, to have me teach in his place. I had three days to prepare, so I just used Jeremy’s schedule and material. Below is that schedule and readings, taken from Jeremy’s site. For the end projects, the students were broken into three groups and worked on presenting a web page with material that many of them had worked on from a previous course. The material was still under development, so the awesome WordPress sites they made are not available to the public. I have posted some thoughts about the content as well as the course.

Day 1: Pasts and Futures of Digital Publishing


Broad discussion of current issues facing digital publishing. Discuss student project ideas in relation to current issues.


Introduction to HTML, CSS, and basic design/project management – Participants will learn basic syntax and use of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) for structuring documents, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for presentation on the web.

Day 2: Scholarship in the Digital Age


Discuss issues related to digital scholarship, including format, scope, peer review, and access.


Introduction to WordPress – Participants will learn to configure and install WordPress, and use the administrative interface for blogging, creating pages, managing various types of media, changing themes, installing plugins, and managing site-wide settings.

Project Organization – Participants will begin organizing and implementing their projects in WordPress. 5-10 minute pesentation of project ideas.

Day 3: Crowdsouring, Collaboration, and Community


Discuss issues related to collaborative authoring and creation in digital publishing, community-building, authorship/ownership, and participation.


WordPress Plugins and Themes – Participants will learn to find and install WordPress plugins and themes. In particular, we’ll cover plugins particularly useful to digital publishing.

Day 4: “Done”


Are digital publishing projects ever “done”? We’ll discuss issues faced with finishing digital projects, including sustainability and maintenance.


Status reports on projects. Participants work on projects.

Day 5: Open Lab, project presentations

Open Lab, work on student projects. Tie up loose ends. Open discussion.

Project Presentations; Discussion, “Where to go from here?”

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