Fees: Standard £ 64 Conc £26 Full £129 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only
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This Wordpress course is an introduction into creating a free blog (an abbreviation of the expression web log) or in simpler terms a journal that is available on the World Wide Web and a personal website as the first step into establishing your online presence. Students will cover how to use Wordpress.com – a free online service – to create their own mini website or blog.
This course is suitable for complete beginners who wish to learn about blogging and create a free WordPress.com blog, or find out about how to create a website using WordPress.
Good basic computer skills: How to use a mouse and keyboard proficiently, as well as the ability to navigate through computer files and folders i.e. standard file management. This course is not for IT beginners or people who have only completed an introductory course on computing. No previous knowledge of web design is needed.
Know how to access and use Wordpress; Use basic features of Wordpress; Add, edit and remove content; Use Themes to change the look and feel of your site; Add features and interactivity with widgets and plug-ins.
Group and individual instruction. Explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and lots of hands on practise.
To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. You should try and spend at least an hour per week of revision and putting the skills learned in the classroom into practice. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.
Informal feedback but classroom tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. Your tutor may provide homework or tasks to help you track your own progress, and there will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class.
A course on a different computing or design subject, further study of other Web Design courses such as HTML, or a Photoshop course to learn to work with images.
A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. Some suggested texts are: Wordpress All-in-One for Dummies – Various (ISBN 1118383346) Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend – Moore (ISBN 1781570310) WordPress: The Missing Manual – MacDonald (ISBN 144934190X) If you are comfortable using the Internet, Wordpress provides additional online tutorials you could use to practice skills and find out advanced features not covered in this short course: learn.wordpress.com
You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.