WordPress is an open source blogging and website creation tool which since its release in 2005 has seen a huge and unstoppable increase in popularity. The edublogs.org site now hosts over 2 million student blogs1 with 100,000 new wordpress sites being created every day2.
Three years ago we presented our work ‘eFolio : A DIY ePortfolio’ which showcased a suite of open source tools, including WordPress, that we had packaged together to create a DIY ePortfolio.
Since then we have continued to expand and upgrade this system to the point where use at the University is quite significant. eFolio is now used by all our presessional students (1500 people), all students within the medical school (800 people) and most faculties use at least one feature of the system to aid their teaching. Some faculties are even using wordpress to replace Blackboard sites as they see the flexibility offered by plugins, as well as look and feel to be highly worthwhile (http://www.gc.soton.ac.uk/).
We have also started writing our own plugins where no suitable ones existed (http://wordpress.org/plugins/quiz-tool-lite/ ).
In this session we will go through some of the key features of eFolio, including our skills and competencies application and an ‘achievements’ system which attempts to gamify certain elements of student progression.
This presentation will highlight some of the key customisations we have made to our wordpress installation in an attempt to aid others who are considering adopting such a system.
Finally, we will go into brief detail about future projects which include using LinkedIn plugins to promote student employability.
1 Stats from http://edublogs.org/campus/
2 Stats from http://en.wordpress.com/stats/
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