Practical tips for using the OCL4Ed course site

This page lists a few tips for improving your learning experience and avoiding common errors we are observing as the course progresses.

Making the course feed work for you

There are a number of features embedded in the course feed which will assist you in navigating to the original posts so that you can reply and comment using the original source technology. In most cases, you will need to login to the source technology to reply to the original post. The graphic below highlights key links you can use in making the course feed work better for you.

Summary of links in the course feed.

You can also star your favourite notes. Ensure that the notes you like are secured a place in the list of popular recent notes. The current list of popular recent notes is displayed on the [console]. You will need to log in to the course site to use this feature. As a developmental feature, this may not work on all mobile devices at this time.

Why doesn't my bio picture display in the WEnotes feed?

If you post WEnotes on WikiEducator, you should populate your user page, including a photo in your Infobox_personal.

We use the Gravatar service to associate some bio pictures with your WENotes posts.

Upload your bio picture on Gravatar using the same email address you used for registering your account. (This will ensure that your bio picture for blog posts (Blogger and Wordpress) and WikiEducator WENotes posts appear in the course feed.)

Why doesn't my blog post doesn't appear in the course feed?

The following are common errors made by OCL4Ed participants:

  1. The blog url is not registered with the course site or is incorrect. Go to the registration page to register or update your blog url. (Note that you must use the url for the published view of your blog and not the dashboard url used for editing your blog posts.)
  2. You forgot to add the "OCL4Ed" tag to your post (called a label in blogger). See how to add a tag in Wordpress or label in Blogger.
  3. Your blog feed is not enabled (See help for Blogger or Wordpress)
  4. You are impatient. If you have checked the above, note that it can take up to an hour for your blog post to appear in the feed. (And if you've just signed up for the course or registered a new blog, it can take a day or so for it to appear.) (Microblog posts are live.)