WordPress I Class: Students Tell Students What They Need to Know

Clark College’s class isn’t a typical class. It is a class that evolves each quarter with each collection of students. Students contribute tutorial articles to the student-managed and produced online magazine, ClarkWP,  used in the class notes for future student’s education. We call it legacy content.

Among the legacies left behind each quarter is a collection of tips from students completing the course to help new students learn from their mistakes and successes on how to get the most out of the I course at Clark College with Lorelle VanFossen.

Winter Quarter 2013-14

Here are the tips for future students taking the course from the Winter Quarter of 2013-14.

From Karen Desemple:

In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast.” This is no different. Come to class and pay attention while you’re there! Seriously, miss a class or spend the class time not really paying attention because you “know all this already”, and you’re going to miss stuff. Lots of stuff.

Presentation of a WordPress business site during the WorPress Class.

Take your own notes! This means you have to be paying attention. Don’t rely on Lorelle’s notes to get you by. While they’re excellent and you’ll refer back to them regularly, YOU are the best judge of what you think you need to write down to remember. Help you help yourself. Take notes.

Be open to the process of working with other people.

Ask questions.

Be brave enough to spew out an answer even if you’re not sure if it’s right. Just be prepared to defend it, and, if it’s wrong, be open to learning why.

Help your neighbor if you can. The best way to reinforce what you know is to “teach” someone else. Plus, your neighbor will appreciate it.

Unless you’re supposed to be working on your computer during class, don’t. As the former teacher of a computer class, take it from me, it feels rather disrespectful. If you’re so smart that you don’t have to pay attention in class and would rather surf the net, then don’t come to class. You’re there for a reason. Respect Lorelle; respect the person that sits next to you. No one wants to listen to you type while she’s lecturing.

Treat what you’re doing like a real world simulation of working for/with a client. Don’t just phone it in for the grade. Do quality work; create something that you will be proud of.

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Interview with Jean Zimmerman, Author

Jean Zimmerman, Author, in 2013Jean Zimmerman ia a writer with an MFA as an honors graduate of the School of the Arts, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, New York. Her first solo work, Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook (1995), focused on the Tailhook Association scandal and the link between sexual harassment and the role of women as warriors. Jean’s recent book, The Orphan Master (2012) has been optioned for a movie. She presently resides with her family in Westchester County, New York, where they live with their dog, Ollie.

I conducted this interview about how how she uses WordPress as an author for her work via Facebook. Jean has been using WordPress since 2012.

How did you find out about WordPress and what was your experience?

My friend who has had some experience with web design suggested it. My prior experience with WordPress or with blogging was zero. I had no idea about other platforms and lacked knowledge in general about the internet aside from doing research. Continue reading

WordPress Theme Frameworks

To begin, you will need to understand what is meant by WordPress Theme Framework. Technically (according to the WordPress Codex) any stand-alone Theme can act as a Framework. This is in the sense that any stand-alone Theme that allows you to make alterations to it, can be used as a framework.

What is a WordPress Framework?

There is a bit of confusion when it comes to the term WordPress Theme Framework. While the concept is that a Theme Framework is a bare bones, well-designed WordPress Theme for a developer or designer to build many client sites upon, some people think that a WordPress Theme Framework is an ultra-basic theme that has next to no formatting. When someone refers to WordPress Framework they may also be referring to the archive of code used to create Parent Themes.

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Interview with Troy Uyan: Developer in the Making

Troy Uyan profile picBrowsing ClarkWP Magazine you have surely ran across a good few articles by Troy Uyan, but do you know Troy past his profile pic and awesome articles? A student here at Clark Collage, he is studying web development, but leaves in his wake much more than required assignments.

A primary example of Troy’s contributions to the web is his work helping develop Shulnak Village, a project that supports education and literacy in rural Tibet. Though his is contributions alone make a grand statement, you would be amazed to discover that this site boasts many hidden features supplied by Troy. These features include not only a fully responsive layout but also use of WordPress as a CMS. He accomplished all of his work for Shulnak Village before even finishing his classes on responsive design or WordPress.

Front page of website for Shulnak Village School Project.

Troy finished those classes on responsive design and WordPress and put his new found skills to work immediately. He created his own personal site, Troy Uyan, and had this to say about the process: Continue reading

Students Serving Up WordPress Tips and Techniques for Clark College Students and the World


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