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Assignment 2: LASA 1: Create a WordPress.com Blog and Presentation

03 Jul

Assignment 2: LASA 1: Create a WordPress.com Blog and Presentation

Description of LASA:

WordPress.com is a publishing platform and content management system that makes it easy for anyone to publish web pages online. WordPress.com proudly powers millions of websites. In addition to WordPress.com, there is a counterpart option at WordPress.org which gives you more control over your blog or website. For this assignment, you will gain experience with WordPress.com by analyzing the needs of an organization. In addition to your blog, you will create a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 2–3 slides summarizing how the blog met your organization’s needs.

Directions:

Part I: Create a Blog

  1. Choose an organization with which you have familiarity (e.g., a past or present employer). Analyze their business needs and determine how they could most effectively use and benefit from a WordPress.com blog. What is their purpose in using a blog?
  2. Sign up for a basic WordPress.com account.
    1. Type in your e-mail address.
    2. Determine your username and password.
    3. Select your blog URL.

Activate your blog by clicking on the link sent to you in an e-mail from WordPress.com verifying your account information.

  1. Create your blog to addresses your organization’s business needs.
    1. Create your blog title.
    2. Determine a tagline.
    3. Identify the preferred language.
  2. Choose a theme and customize it to best reflect their business needs.
    1. Choose one of the free themes.
  3. Create a 1-page descriptive post about their business, industry, products, and/or services. Be sure your post includes at least:
    1. One picture (.jpg or .png).
    2. One embedded video from the Argosy University YouTube channel:
  4. http://www.youtube.com/user/ArgosyUniversity
    1. One link to an “About Us” page.
  5. Create a 1-page descriptive “About Us” page regarding the business. Be sure your page includes at least:
    1. One picture (.jpg or .png).
    2. One embedded video from the Argosy University YouTube channel:
  6. http://www.youtube.com/user/ArgosyUniversity
    1. One link to your post (Step Five).

Explore the dashboard of your blog and familiarize yourself with the remaining features and functions. If you need technical assistance using WordPress, please refer to the website’s help functions or ask your instructor for assistance.

Part II: Create a Presentation

Create a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 2–3 slides (with detailed speaker’s notes) that:

  1. Summarize highlights of the organization selected and the blog you created. Indicate your blog’s URL (i.e., yourblog.wordpress.com).
  2. Analyze and explain how your blog meets the organization’s needs.
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of WordPress.com as a web authoring platform.

Your final deliverable will be a blog and a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 2–3 slides (including detailed speaker’s notes). Utilize at least 3 scholarly/professional sources (beyond your textbook) in your research. Your presentation should be written in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Submission Details:

By the due date assigned, save the document as M3_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.

Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsCreate a WordPress.com account containing a URL, title, and tagline that address your organization’s business needs.8Choose a theme to alter the appearance and functionality of your blog that will address your organization’s business needs.8Create a 1-page descriptive post that includes one picture and one embedded YouTube video relating to their business, and link to an “About Us” page.28Create a 1-page descriptive “About Us” page regarding their business that also includes one picture, one embedded video, and one link to your previously created post.28Create a presentation (with detailed speaker’s notes) that summarizes the highlights, the organization chosen, and blog created.28Create a presentation (with detailed speaker’s notes) that analyzes and explains how the blog meets the organization’s needs.28Create a presentation (with detailed speaker’s notes) that discusses the strengths and weaknesses of WordPress.com as a web authoring platform.28Academic Writing 

Organization (12)

Usage and Mechanics (12)

APA Elements (16)

Style (4)44Total:200

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