What is Community@UAF?
Answer: Community@UAF is a WordPress installation for the University of Alaska Fairbanks primarily serving the needs of UAF eCampus faculty in terms of course blogging and open course materials. Community@UAF is a service of the UAF eCampus & Distance Education.
Can I get a site at Community@UAF?
Answer: If you are affiliated with the University of Alaska, you may request your own site. Please provide your name, UA email address, and requested site address on our contact form. At this time automatic signup is disabled. A Community@UAF administrator will create an account and basic blank site for you – most requests will be handled within 24 hours but please allow up to 1 week processing time.
I have a problem with my Community@UAF site. Can you help me fix it?
Answer: If you are an instructor, please join us during one of our Open Lab sessions, where we can answer questions one-on-one. We also recommend WordPress.tv for how-to tutorials or just googling your question.
We will attempt to notify site administratorsÂ of major updates and changes that affect everyone. If there is an issue you are concerned about, you may contact an administrator via the contact form.
I have a WordPress site that I want to move to a different WordPress installation outside of community, can I export/import my site?
Answer: Yes, in the Dashboard, use Tools->Export/Import.
I have a site on Community@UAF and I want to point my own domain name to my site, can I do this?
Answer: Currently, this functionality is not enabled for general use.
Can I install a new theme?
Answer: We have attempted to provide a variety of current themes with customization options. If there is a specific free theme you need to have installed, please use the contact form to make the request. The Community@UAF administrator will make the determination of whether the theme will be installed.
Note: For security reasons, any theme that becomes out of date with the most up to date installation of WordPress may be removed and you may be asked to change your site theme. We try to keep up to date on this but the reality is that sometimes themes are not updated by their creators and become a security risk or may affect the functionality of the site.
Question: Can I install a new plugin?
Answer: If you would like to install a plugin that is not currently available, you will need to make a request to the Community@UAF administrator. Please use the contact form to make this request. The administrator will make the determination of whether the plugin will be installed.
Note: For security reasons, any plugin that becomes out of date with the most up to date installation of WordPress may be removed and you may be asked to change your site theme. We try to keep up to date on this but the reality is that sometimes plugins are not updated by their creators and become a security risk or may affect the functionality of the site.
Question: Can you clone my old site each semester without student work?
While we are technically are able to clone your site, it is not a practice we can do regularly because we have a limited number of sites that we can offer on the hosting platform. However, if you need a clone of the site for the purpose of a starting point for a different course or if a new instructor is teaching with your material, we are happy to provide the clone site for you.
We encourage faculty to design their course sites so that previous student work adds to the learning experience of the current students. In this scenario, student work never has to be hidden, which also makes sense when teaching on an open platform such as WordPress. In this way, a student who leaves your course can also link back to the work they did as a reference.
If you do want to tidy up student work each semester, we recommend doing the following:
- Change all user posts and comments for the semester to ‘Draft’ status.
- Change all previous user to ‘Subscribers’ instead of ‘Authors’.
- Set up a category for each semester for new posts and set as default new post category, ‘202003-student’, for example.
- Each year, delete posts from more than 3 semesters back to free up your media gallery and posts. (All student work must be retained for at least 3 semesters.)
Note: One thing to know with the approach above is that any users with the permissions of ‘Editor’ will be able to see previous posts and comments regardless of their ‘Draft’ status.
This tidying up process just takes a few minutes each semester. Please come to Open Lab
if you need a walk through.