What can I do with Web Publishing?

Web Publishing is a great tool for doing many different things on the web. It can be used as a shared space for you to communicate with your students, as a platform to collaborate with other researchers, as a website to promote your club or event and many other uses. And of course, you can always use it as a blog to share your thoughts. Here are some examples of what you can do.  

Do you want to use it for a course?

Online hub to a course

The instructor used her site to store course information like the syllabus and due dates. But she didn’t stop there. She linked the site to Twitter and Tumblr and had student work show up on the front page of the site, making it a hub for everything going on the class. Essays were shared amongst the rest of the class, allowing a vibrant discussion to take place in the comments, and links were shared for an expanded learning experience.

Screenshot of a site used as the online hub to a course, wiht photos and comments

Anonymous Q&A for a Course

Sometimes students have questions that aren’t answered in lectures, but are afraid to ask them because they’re afraid it’s a dumb question. Or sometimes they'll come up on a question while doing homework, but will completely forget to ask at the end of class. This instructor allowed students to post anonymously to his site and had his TAs respond, thus extending the learning experience out of the classroom. 

Screenshot of a Q&A page on a course website

Publishing and Critiquing Short Stories

Web Publishing is perhaps best known as a blogging service, and it does blogging fantastically. In this multimedia writing class students posted their short stories to the site, taking advantage of Web Publishing by embedding photos, videos, audio and maps into their stories. They then read and critiqued the stories of their classmates.

Screenshot of a website used to publish and critique short stories

....or for something else?

Promoting an Event

The NYU Cinema Studies holds an annual symposium on neglected moving images, or orphan films. For the 9th symposium, they made a site to promote and help coordinate the event. On their site they put up a day-by-day program to the symposium and the films that would be shown and discussed, and after the event was finished they used the site to put up a gallery of images from the day.

screenshot of the 2014 Orphan film symposium web page