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Collaborative Sites: Create a Post

February 1, 2012 by webintern

Your course site is all about creating new content. In some sites, the content might have different names. Usually, a student creates content in a "post". However, in some courses, students will create a "reading response", or a "discussion summary". It all depends on how your course is structured and what sort of assignments your instructor creates. If the names on this document aren't exactly what you see, don't worry. Anything that you add to your course site is content, and the instructions below will apply.

Post

Posts are individually authored. Others can comment on a post, but only the original author can edit it. Post instructions will apply to most types of student content.

To create a Post:

  1. Click Post in the Create menu.
  2. Title: Enter an appropriate title. This is a required part of your content
  3. Vocabularies/Tags - You will have a text box in which to enter your own tags, depending on your instructor's wishes. Choose what you consider to be the appropriate tags to describe the post or enter your own custom tags. Follow a few simple rules when choosing your own tags (suggested by Prof. Ulises Mejias of SUNY Oswego):
    • Always check the spelling
    • Use plurals rather than singulars (heros, villians, rather than
      hero or villian)
    • Avoid capitalization, except when capitalization is the norm
    • Include a couple of synonyms (i.e. New York, NYC)
    • Avoid compound words (i.e. toread, mydo)
  4. Add an image:
    1. click the appropriate "Add..." link - can either have images automatically placed and sized, or have options to do so
    2. click Browse to find the file
    3. click Upload to move the file from your computer to the site
  5. Add video:
    1. Click Add video
    2. Enter the URL of the video clip on the web (for example, in Youtube or GoogleVideo)
  6. Notifications- by default all participants will receive an email notification when this post is saved. If you do not
    wish anyone to receive notification, click the checkmark.
  7. Body - enter the text of your post inside the tan editing box, using the buttons at the top of the editor to format the text. Disable rich-text lets you see and edit raw HTML code.
  8. File attachments - You can upload files that will be available in this Post to download by browsing and uploading them to the server. The accepted file types are listed. If the file type that you require is not listed, contact your instructor.
  9. Revision Information - you can make a note about the reasons for creating or changes this post (that will be visible only to you and the instructor).
  10. Finally, click the Save button when you are finished.
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