WordPress as Courseware
The school I teach at has been using WebCT for the past few years in conjunction with our partner-in-education university. I say using, in truth they are not using it. The entrenched luddite faction are all good teachers but found WebCT to be too many bells and whistles, too many clicks to do anything. First I explored Moodle, which had the advantage of being administered on our own webserver, but still has too many clicks to add content. As I was working with our options, one of the teachers asked if we could make it work like the system our PTSA uses (one of the many WP powered sections of our website). I had seen this system based on MT, so I set out to make it happen with WP.
Caveat: I am primarily a network plumber and go-to guy for hardware issues. My PHP skills are limited at best, so I am just sort of feeling my way through all of this.
I started with the basic 1.5 install. I am not using themes, specifically because wanted to tackle the issues of assembling the courseware rather than adapt the stylesheet. So I am using the index, header, footer, sidebar format. I have added some plugins to make things easy for teachers. I have added iimage browser to help with uploading pictures and I have (sort of) got eventcalendar2 working (even though I have yet to get it to navigate from month to month). I have added phmailer so students are able to attach documents in email to teachers.
I guess what I am asking for is suggestions. Is there a plugin or tweak you know of that would make things better? Any suggestions for something better that eventcalendar2 to do upcoming events with? kI know I am trying to do something with WP where there are existing specialized tools for, but the immediacy of adding content this easily is what my teachers are looking for. A mock up (still ugly with test entries and such) is up at
Suggestions, recommendations, criticism are all welcome.
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