Creating and Maintaining an Online Academic Profile

Course date(s): 
6 Feb 2018
Course tutor(s): 
Dr Matt Phillpott

Abstract

Historians and humanities researchers use a wide range of social media tools to present themselves online. This workshop provides an overview and step-by-step guide to creating an online research profile using Wordpress. The workshop includes basic training for using Wordpress (including choosing themes, using widgets, and understanding the dashboard), and offers advice on writing pages and blog posts, integrating social media channels, and experimenting with different types of media. In addition, we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of operating an online profile as an historian including how best to manage the website (including how much time to spend on it). 

Course details

By the end of the session you will:

 

·         Have a functioning website to further develop and use

·         A better understanding of what you can and should achieve with a website

·         How the website can serve your research agenda

·         A knowledge of using Wordpress including adding widgets, blog posts, and social media

·         A clearer understanding of how to write a blog post

The workshop is designed for postgraduates with little or no knowledge of Wordpress, but it is also suitable for those with some knowledge who would like advice on writing blog posts, and developing an online presence. There will be a mixture of practical work (creating a Wordpress website) and discussion/tutorial on the benefits and challenges of having and maintaining an online research profile. 

The workshop will take place from 2.00 - 5.00 on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 February at the IHR. The course is free of charge to all participants, but as places are limited, it is essential that those wishing to participate register in advance; we shall only be able to accept those who have pre-registered.