Wordpress.Com Free Website and Blog Design: Beginners: Online Course

When and Where

Dates
23 Sep 2020 - 4 Nov 2020 (18 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Location
Online

Cost

Full fee
£130
Concession fee
£100
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Availability
Yes
Tutor
Dalia Aldin
Course code
VDD152A

What you will learn

Wordpress.Com is fast becoming the number one choice for FREE web and blog hosting. Work with basic HTML, text and media (including video sound and images) managing your content to effectively target your audience. This course will introduce you to the essential skills required to create an entirely free website, blog and very basic online shop, using the world's most popular Content Management System. User-friendly and fun, Wordpress.com allows you to design and manage content in an intuitive way. If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class. As a student of Morley College you are also entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Set up and configure a free Wordpress.com web site
  • Add a pre-existing site template to WordPress.com
  • Work with menus and create a user-friendly site navigation structure
  • Create your first blog entry, posts and pages
  • Cereate custom web graphics to personalise your site's design
  • Organise your content using tags and categories
  • Integrate PayPal functionality and create a simple online shop - no outlay required
  • Embed media elements such as YouTube, audio and image galleries
  • Optimise your content so that it can easily be found by search engines

Class format and activities

The class will be taught online at a specific course time each week using MS Teams. You will learn via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, assignments, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills. There are many advantages to learning in an online environment - benefit from anytime-access to an archive of course materials, resources and links to help you with projects and assignments. Gain instant support and answers to questions via forums and receive one to one tutor and peer support. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software (see below) and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more!

Manageable project work will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs. You will receive regular assessment and feedback on your progress. You will work as a class, in small break out groups; in pairs and one-to-one with your tutor. All course material will be instantly accessible via the learning platform and the sessions may be recorded so that you may return to them later. This will only be done with group consent. Learners will be encouraged to use the class forums to engage with each other during the class and to support each other with project work between classes if required.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

A keen interest in the subject and the ability to attend the sessions regularly is key to your success. As part of the course you will be asked to read material, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English.

What you need to know before you enrol

It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh and/or PC computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As this is a course primarily delivered on computers; students will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and take breaks when necessary. Your tutor will therefore build in project assignments, reconvening as a group to share the progress of work. Information about computers and the relevant software will be provided by the tutor.

If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class.?

What you will need for your class

If you are learning software, it would be of benefit to possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a generous discount on Adobe CC Software. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) mini-hard drive or access to a cloud storage service. This is for storage of media during the course, and of your work at the end.

DISCOUNT ON ADOBE CC SOFTWARE

If you are interested in getting a generous discount (a saving of 66%) on the whole suite of Adobe CC software packages please visit Adobe Creative Cloud for Students

You will need to prove you are a student at Morley College London and the simplest way to do that is use your Morley e-mail address, which is your student number followed by @morley.ac.uk e.g. 12345678@morley.ac.uk Students who provide us with their personal e-mail address are sent details of their Morley e-mail address and how to access it. Please see here for useful information on systems requirements for running Adobe CC products
System Requirements

What else will I need?

Group Learning Software
• MS Teams (Easily downloadable as part of your free Office 365 account when you enrol)

Hardware
• A modern Mac or PC computer no older than 4 years, with a built-in camera (or plug-in webcam) microphone, and headphones (optional)

Software
• Adobe CC Software appropriate to the course (as a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software - see above)

What you can do next

This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses. So, after your course ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Adobe Software and Graphic Design, new courses in WordPress Website and Blog Design using WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org. Coding for the Web skills and Adobe Software classes at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are also available to develop your essential Graphic Design and Illustration skills.

New for 2020: 3D Computer Modelling using Blender, Games Design using Unity 3D and a practical Introduction to 3D printing.

Please speak to your tutor, browse our website or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information.

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