E-learning activity - Declare yourself

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e-Learning activity summary

Title: Establish your personal learning environment and "declare" yourself
1 - 3 hours (Depending on prior knowledge of the relevant technologies)

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The purpose of this e-Learning activity is to:
  • Establish your personal learning environment and familiarise yourself with the technology.
  • Fill any gaps in your knowledge in maintaining a blog, participating in microblog discussions and using community-based question and answer forums.
  • Create a blog, and register a microblog account and account on ask.oeruniversity for your participation in this course (for learners who don't already have these).
  • Complete the OERuOEP new participant survey.
  • "Declare" yourself to the #OERuOEP community.

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  1. WikiEducator user account: When registering for the OERuOEP course, you will have created an account on WikiEducator. While course registration is not mandatory to access the learning materials, should you wish to receive course announcements via email and participate in the development project to generate OER learning materials, you will need to create a WikiEducator account.
  2. Create a course blog: If you don't maintain a regular blog or are new to blogging, you should work through the tutorial on creating a blog and start a course blog. Your course blog will be the place where you document your learning experiences on this course and connect with fellow learners. If you are taking this course for credit, your blog will be used as an e-portfolio and you will be required to select a number of your blog posts for formal assessment. (Regular bloggers are free to use their existing blogs for the course. Remember to include the #OERuOEP in the title of your post, as we will only aggregate course related posts.)
  3. Register your course blog: Learners must [[Open education practice/Blog registration|register their blog url]] so that we can include your course blog posts into the #OERuOEP aggregated feed.
  4. Create a microblog account: If you don't have a microblog acount, you should work the Microblogging tutorial, register an account on twitter and test a WEnote post on WikiEducator using the #WEnotes tag.
  5. Familiarise yourself with ask.oeruniversity: Register an account and work through the Ask.oeruniversity tutorial. If any questions arise during this e-learning activity, consult ask.OERu.org. If you don't find what you are looking for, post a new question.

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Learning outcome actions

The required outcomes for this activity are identical to the e-learning activities for establishing a blog on Wordpress or Blogger. So you may already have completed the action outcomes for this activity.

Publish a post on your blog comprising a few paragraphs (about 300 words in total) introducing yourself and what you would like to achieve by maintaining a blog to support your learning. Your blog post must include:

  • At least one link to an external website (for example, a resource you found useful or a link back to this e-Learning activity)
  • An image, properly attributed with the necessary permissions for reuse. You can use a photo you took yourself or find a openly licensed image from the Wikimedia Commons.
  • A category or tag for your post
  • At least one comment (for example invite a friend or family member to comment on your blog post)
  • Participants of the OERu Open Education Practice course are invited to [[Open education practice/Blog registration|register their blog url]] which is needed for harvesting your blog posts for the course feed.
  • Remember to include the course tag (##OERuOEP) in the title of your blog post which is used to aggregate the blog posts.

If you are a first-time blogger, you can also include a reflection on the e-learning activity in setting up a blog.


  • Do you have a blog?
  • Do you have a microblog account?
  • Do you have an account on ask.oeruniversity?
  • Did you post a microblog test post using the tag: #WEnotes test?
  • Did you test a WEnotes post on WikiEducator?
  • Have you posted you learning outcome blog post with the minimum requirements listed above?