Readily Available Website Options
You and your students can create collaborative class websites on your own, using the following tools. Library staff are happy to help train students on and create digital resources (handouts, walkthroughs, etc.).
Google Sites lets you build websites for free through your Guilford Google account. It can be used to create collaborative or individual websites and eportfolios.
You can have your students create and/or edit Wikipedia articles, to contribute to general knowledge with a backing in academic research. This link will take you to Wikipedia's page on school and university projects, which has information for getting started.
Additional/Advanced Website Options Available Through Hege
If you are interested in having your students work on a more advanced collaborative class website, Hege Library can help make this happen! We have a subscription to Reclaim Hosting, which allows us to create websites spinning off from our main domain. Some examples of past websites are available at http://ds.guilford.edu. We can create a websites for digital scholarship projects: projects are evaluated upon request for creation of a website, and a website is created for projects that fit this criteria. Please reach out to Tierney Steelberg and Denise Cowardin if you would like to discuss the creation of a website for one of your classes.
Here are some examples of the kinds of sites we can create:
A WordPress site is a great option to get students working collaboratively on a website and give them experience with a Content Management System used across the web. WordPress can host all kinds of sites - research-based informational sites, blogging & reflection, portfolios of student work, dynamic multimedia projects...
Omeka is a tool that lets you create media-rich online digital exhibits.
Hege Library & Learning Technologies staff are available to:
- create websites in the Guilford College Digital Scholarship Reclaim Hosting server space,
- train users on WordPress and Omeka,
- create user log-ins (upon request),
- set up automatic back-ups through Reclaim Hosting,
- and help troubleshoot website issues.
To the best of their abilities and availability, staff may also:
- assist with website styling,
- help import an existing site that fits criteria into the Reclaim Hosting space,
- and assist with exporting a site at the end of its lifecycle.
Please see these slides from a Summer 2019 workshop, "Making Scholarship Public: Collaborative Class Websites," for a rundown of some considerations and suggestions with collaborative website work.