In Clark College Offering WordPress Development Classes on The Blog Herald, author James Johnson describes our class as possibly not necessary.
In the meantime while I applaud Clark College for realizing the importance of content management system design and implementation, the truth is the WordPress Codex is more then capable of teaching even a non-programmer how to fully work with a barebones framework to create vastly interesting WordPress pages without paying by the credit hour.
Do you think a WordPress class is a good idea or would you rather learn from the Codex?
As students of the first WordPress college course, how about you have your say. Head to the Blog Herald article and let them know if you think a WordPress class is important. Tell them why you choose to take it, and how learning in a college course is different than learning from the WordPress Codex.
It’s time for a midway point warning for the Clark College Introduction to WordPress class. I’m checking out your sites this weekend and leaving comments. The number one comment I want to leave is “It’s been two weeks since your last post. It’s time to catch up with the homework!”
Here are some quick tips to catching up and completing the homework assignments.
- Don’t put too much thought into the content of the post assignment, just showcase you understand the assignment. Original, well-thought out content is welcome and appreciated, but not the point of the exercise.
- Don’t anticipate 2 hours for a task that should take 30 seconds. The average time for creating a link list of every student blog using the Links feature and putting it in a sidebar links widget should take no more than 10 minutes, yet people are telling me it will take hours. Until you do it, you won’t know how long it will take, and everything in WordPress usually takes only a couple minutes.
- Partner up with another student in the class to do your homework together. It’s often great fun, but more importantly, it’s motivation.
- If you need help, I’m available from 5-6PM prior to the class and after it for up to an hour. I’m also available by email, blog comment, text message, etc. If you need help, ask and I’ll do my best to make time.
- Remember that passing this class puts one of the most valuable educational points on your resume for jobs in web design, web development, web writing, social media, marketing, advertising, etc. So make it count.