Documentation:Adding Students to Your Course Blog

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UBCBlogs provides an "ADD USERS" plug-in to make it easier for you to have students self-enrol in your course blog. The steps below make it easy for you to set up yourself. There are 2 very important parts to this process:

  1. Adding the plug-in and configuring the widget for your course blog.
  2. Notifying students of the 2 step process for adding themselves to your blog.

You may choose to notify students of the sign up process either by email or via an announcement in class. Attention to this step will reduce confusion and get your class off to a good start.

Step 1: Login to your UBC Blog.

Go to blogs.ubc.ca and click on the CWL Login button.

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From the top menu bar, hover on My Sites and click on the title of your the blog to access to the dashboard

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Step 2: Make sure your site is visible

Make sure the settings on your blog allow users to find it without having to log in first. This will reduce the chance of problems during the adding phase. You can always adjust these settings later if you want your blog NOT to be visible to the public.

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Step 3: Add the plugin

  1. From the left side bar in the dashboard, go to Plugins.
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  2. Look for Add Users Sidebar Widget. 1.0.3 and click on Activate.
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Step 4: Add the widget

  1. From the left sidebar, hover on Appearance.Then select Widgets.
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  2. Click and drag on the Add Users widget to the sidebar where you would like to make the Add User button to appear.
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Step 5: Configure the widget

  1. Under Add Users, insert a title. Select either of Subscriber, Contributor and Author depending on the level of access you want your students to have.
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  2. (Recommended) Check Add a password to stop unwanted users from signing up. This will avoid random users registering to the website. Then, set a password.
  3. Press Save.

Step 6: Check the result

  1. Now your students will be able to see the "Add User" section on the sidebar.
    note: This is an example of what your students will see when they access to your blog. You will not be able to see this screen when you are logged in with your CWL

Step 7: Notify your students

This is a very important part of the process. Send an email to your students asking them to do 2 things:

  1. Get an account on cms.ubc.ca.
  2. Go back to the website and add yourself to the site with the password provided. Remember to include your site url AND the password in your email.

When students return to the course website in future, they will need to login to cms.ubc.ca if they want to contribute.