Beginning in January 2012, I will be teaching “Introduction to WordPress,” a four credit class at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.
While many schools are beginning to offer WordPress courses, few are offering credit classes and Clark College approached me to make that happen here in the Pacific Northwest. This is just the first step in a whole series of college courses we’re working on in and around WordPress at Clark.
Beginning January 10 through March 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this 10 week class (40 hours) is from 6-8PM. Registration is through Clark College. Contact the Clark College Computer Technology Office (CTEC), Reesa McAllister at 360-992-2106 for details. You will need the following when you call: Item Number 4538 and Course ID CTEC 280.
What Will You Learn?
This is special projects class and an introduction to WordPress. I will be teaching the basics of how to set up a WordPress.com and WordPress site, how to blog with WordPress, editing and content management, analytics, SEO, multiple contributions, and an introduction to WordPress Themes and Plugins.
This is an ideal class for those wishing to learn or expand their core WordPress skills, add them to their skill set, or earn ongoing education credit for work. With so many employers looking for WordPress expertise from their advertising, marketing, social media, web, and IT departments, this is an ideal program.
Here are details:
- What is WordPress?
- How to setup a WordPress.com blog.
- Categories, tags, and content organization and navigation.
- Web publishing with the visual editor, HTML editor, QuickPress/PressThis, mobile, and alternative publishing tools.
- Publishing multimedia with WordPress.
- Content development and management.
- Introduction to basic core site customization (header art, widgets, etc.).
- Introduction to dynamic web page generation.
- Introduction to dynamic web design.
- Introduction to WordPress Themes.
- How to use Post Format Types.
- Comments and spam management.
- Multiple users and authors (permissions/authorities).
- Managing multiple contributors.
- Basic analytics and statistics with WordPress.com Stats.
- WordPress and SEO.
- Introduction to WordPress hybrid sites.
- How to create and manage custom menus.
- WordPress Widget functionality and customization.
- Understanding WordPress interactivity through trackbacks, pingbacks, and pings.
- WordPress feed management, integration, and customization.
- Integration of social media to and from WordPress.
- Managing a private or restricted access WordPress site.
- Introduction to WordPress Plugins.
- WordPress installation options.
- Troubleshooting WordPress.
- Introduction to WordPress development for employers and clients.
This is a flexible program based upon student abilities, and I will expand the topics if students are ready to grasp new material quickly, possibly moving into WordPress Theme design and development and the basics of writing WordPress Plugins, and more in depth code. This class will be repeated in Spring Quarter, and we should have more options by Fall, so get ready if you can’t make it this quarter.
The class is open to registered students, but they are working on making a few exceptions for the general public to attend, if space is available. The limit is 20 students. The course fees for Washington State and border counties of Oregon is $100 a credit which comes to $434.20 with fees and tuition. The class is already half full, so if you are interested, call them immediately.
Related courses available from Clark College include HTML Fundamentals (MW or Saturdays or online) and Introduction to PHP (Mondays and Wednesday evenings) to complement the WordPress class. Check their Course Catalog for more information.
This is a long-time dream of mine to help educate the future web development and designer leaders. I’ve taught WordPress, blogging, social media, and web multimedia publishing since 1997 around the world, so it’s wonderful to finally have a place to call home and a college eager to work with WordPress and me.
I’m working with the Computer Technology department at the college to build this into an ongoing part of the web development curriculum, creating multiple levels of WordPress and related topic classes. If you are an experienced WordPress instructor or wish to bring a WordPress or related topic class to your own college or university, please contact me. We’re working on a new degree curriculum built around WordPress and would love your insights.