Collecting Course Website Posts with Anthologize

The Golden Paper Clip

I’ve built self-hosted websites in WordPress for two courses I teach regularly, and this semester, I added a new plugin: Anthologize. It’s a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create PDF or ebook collections of your blog posts.

Here’s the PDF¬†that Anthologize created for my Introduction to Mass Communication (MSCM 150) course. It’s not beautiful, but it’s functional, with links to everything I linked or embedded on the class site. (I’d have it here in a nice Scribd embed for you, but it’s not cooperating.)

I could also have selected ePub format, which is a free, open ebook format, but I don’t have too many students using e-readers yet.

Because each semester of my courses is slightly different with a new set of resources and links each time, I create a new set of posts every semester. I usually post a weekly overview or summary for the two courses I currently teach, with occasional posts in between for something important.

I like the idea of having a document that’s easy to flip through to see all my class materials and topics. I also shared the PDF with students so they’d have a record of what we’d explored together, even if the class website changes next semester.

If I had students all working on one unified class blog, instead of individual blogs (which I might in future), I’d also create Anthologize files of those so they could keep them as references and feel like they contributed to something just a wee bit more concrete than an ephemeral class site.

Anthologize is an easy-to-use tool that’s going to be really useful for my course WordPress sites, especially for writing classes.

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