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WordPress right choice for writing instruction?

  • Before I take the plunge with WordPress.org (I’m a complete newbie), does anyone know if WordPress can enable writing instruction: writing is taught and submitted by a single student, I can respond to the submission with comments, and also show the student the marks I made on that writing and why?

    Really struggling to find the best solution for establishing a simple online writing instruction site based around close, one-on-one interaction and exchange. Almost tempted to enroll myself at some of the big for-profit schools or one of the few MOOC writing courses, just to see how it’s done– but I think they use Blackboard or other proprietary software.

    Should I just hire a web developer instead of trying to learn WordPress?

    It’s also hard to search this topic, because it always thinks I’m asking about instruction/tutoring for learning WordPress, not using WordPress for teaching writing.

    Opinions from anyone even remotely involved with using WordPress for online ed or writing would be appreciated.

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  • WPyogi

    @wpyogi

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    I’m sure you could make something work in WordPress – in any number of ways, but there’s a learning curve if you’re brand new, so that might be a consideration. Maybe a customized buddypress site (it makes forums like this one).

    I have not used it, but there’s a new commercial (paid) theme out for online learning – so you could look at that:

    http://www.woothemes.com/2013/01/teaching-with-wordpress-just-got-easy/

    You might also want to look into Moodle – it’s not WordPress, but open-source and supposed to be very good:

    https://moodle.org/

    Sounds like you need a document management system, which may or may not mean you need a CMS. My initial thought is using something like a SharePoint list with attachments, not WP.

    Thanks, all, for the excellent suggestions . . . I’ll check out these links.

    One issue with Moodle: I don’t think you can have a branded skin or overlay, but that may have changed.

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