DIG 215 // Davidson College // Dr. Shrout

Month: August 2015

Creating a subdomain

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Step 1: Log into your Davidson Domains

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Step 2:  From the dashboard, select “subdomains”

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Step 3: Pick a name for the subdomain for your course (the easiest is probably the course number, but you can call it whatever you want)

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Step 4: Go back to the dashboard and scroll down to web applications.  Select WordPress

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Step 5: Click on “Install Application.”  You should see a drop-down menu with your main domain and your newly created subdomain

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On the installation page, you’ll have the option to set your own user name and password.  Set these to something you’ll remember!  You can also change the title of the blog (in the box that currently contains “Just Another WordPress Site”)

Once the web application is installed, send me the URL.


Bonus step: To post to your blog, navigate to [subdomain].[yoururl]/wp-admin and log in.  Once you’re logged in, select post>new post

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Class constitution

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We read, we convened, we came up with a list of things that matter:


Classroom constitution


-Grand theory in real world contexts

-Presenting information/knowledge that is applicable to individuals’ lives

-Short, concise, deliverables that tackle concrete questions

-Contracts – ensures everyone does work and reading and contributes

-Questioning the efficacy of face-to-face communication

-How do we use technology to stay “human”

-Classes in different settings

-But we are bodies

-Collaborative, adaptive leadership

-Co-creation of class frameworks and goals

-Big picture – putting energy towards group projects

-Students shaping the course

-Accountability to stay engaged

-Do contracts make this work?

-Does physical interaction matter

-Working towards a common goal


For me, there are some big takeaways here:

  1. There is an interest in some kind of concrete, real-world project.
  2. There is an interest in emphasizing classroom engagement – which will lead me to ask of you all: what is going to help you be most engaged in the classroom?  Do you want pre-circulated discussion questions?  Some free-writing time at the start of each class?  Something else?
  3. There is an interest in concrete goals/outcomes/expectations.  This will be most important for coming up with the rules and format for blog posts and assignments.
  4. There is an interest in student participation in shaping the course.