This blog is a sandbox of sorts. There’s interest in WordPress as an eportfolio tool in some areas of campus. I’m comfortable with WP generally, and my personal blog is a WP blog.
But I’m not nearly as familiar with WordPress mu. The Academic Commons enables me to try out the “user” side of mu, to test its limits and to see the organization options available.
If you come across the blog in the Academic Commons and have some thoughts on WP mu as an eportfolio platform, please share insights.
Questions I have after 1-2 hours working in mu:
- If students load eportfolios into WP mu, is it possible for the institution to easily sort and pull samples out of the database? Assessment is the motivation here, and without this possibility I think WP mu is limited from an institutional perspective. (Obviously, it’s still a wonderful tool for the user/student.) I can’t see any of the options for this work from my vantage point within a single blog in mu.
- Word docs are excluded from media uploads for security reasons. Is this an Academic Commons restriction, or a general mu default restriction? I converted to pdf and uploaded, but that’s another step that students would have to take. And it requires the Acrobat package, unless a student turns to open source pdf maker tools. (I suppose there’s a way to write a pdf converter into the upload process so word docs get transformed. But why overcomplicate matters?)