University of Oregon

UO Course Site

CREATE A UO COURSE SITE

Instructors may use UO Blogs to support a variety of student learning objectives, including but not limited to:

  • Sharing academic insights, expertise, dialogue, and feedback between
    students, with the university community, and with the general public
  • Fostering information management and media development skills needed
    for 21st century professional careers and responsible digital
    citizenship
  • Building a body of work that can be added to a professional electronic portfolio

Additional help resources, tutorials, and instructor workshops are forthcoming. If you have questions or need assistance in the meantime, contact your local IT support group or blogs-support@ithelp.uoregon.edu and we will provide a referral as needed.

SITE NAMES AND TITLES:

To aid in discovery and minimize potential conflicts, instructors are strongly encouraged to use a standard combination of subject code, course number, academic term, and instructor name when creating course sites. For example:

- Single instructor for a specific term: (subject+course number) + term + instructor name
Site Name: aad251f12drpuddles
Site Title: AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy, Fall 2012, Dr. Puddles

- Single instructor for use over multiple terms: (subject+course number) + instructor name
Site Name: aad251drpuddles
Site Title: AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy, Dr. Puddles

- Multiple instructors for a specific term: (subject+course number) + term
Site Name: aad251f12
Site Title: AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy, Fall 2012

- Multiple instructors over multiple terms: subject+course number
Site Name: aad251
Site Title: AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy

CHOICE OF THEMES

UO Blogs offers a variety of themes for users. If you are creating a dedicated site as a hub for your course, we recommend using a branded theme by activating the UO Banner plugin to add the UO brand to your theme. Individual faculty, staff, and student sites should use non-branded themes that include a disclaimer.

PRIVACY

Instructors should be aware that course-related content students enter into any online system constitutes an education record and that FERPA regulations require that the content be protected from disclosure without student consent. Disclosure in this context includes posting student content openly on the Internet. Therefore, if you require use of blogs, web publishing, online collaboration, social media, or other publicly accessible communication tools, all of your students must complete the Registrar’s Consent for Disclosure Form, sign it, and turn it in to you.

There are several methods students can use to protect their privacy when working with internet-based course activity with potential for public view. These options are listed on the Consent for Disclosure Form. Note that students have the option of checking more than one method in order to allow flexibility of access according to specific assignments. For more information, please refer to http://libweb.uoregon.edu/cmet/blogprivacy.html. Additional questions about FERPA or students’ rights to privacy may be directed to the Office of the Registrar (541) 346-2935 or registrar@uoregon.edu.

For instructions on how to set up your first blog, see https://it.uoregon.edu/blogs/firstblog.