Working with Menus

Many of you have created your WordPress blog by now, but a common tendency is to use “Pages” to create all content on your site for your menus. While you may want some static pages on your site (likely for an “About Me” page), to separate your course blogs (e.g., EDCI 336 and EDCI 306A) or to separate assignments (e.g., open inquiry and tech inquiry), you will need to:

  1. Create categories
  2. Add categories to your blog posts
  3. Create a menu item from a category

First off, before you start working in the basic gray-coloured menu, go to the better black-coloured menu by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your blog URL. Make sure you aren’t using a long goobly-goop URL first. That is, NOT:
It should look like:

Create Categories

  • click to Posts
  • click on Categories
  • enter the name for your category. To separate EDCI 336 posts from EDCI 306A posts, for example, create one category for EDCI 336 (“edci336”) and one category for EDCI 306A (“edci306A”). Next up, for EDCI 336, create categories as per our naming convention for competencies¬†using the same capitalization, spelling, and spaces.
  • click on Add New Category

Add Categories to Your Blog Posts

  • When editing a blog post, on the right side, you will see two tabs. One says Document and beside it is Block. 
  • Click on Document
  • Click on Categories to expand it to see the drop-down menu. You should be able to see the categories you created. Check all appropriate ones (e.g, EDCI 336 and Tech Inquiry and Video Editing).

Create a Menu Item Based on a Category

Once you have created categories, you can add menu items based on them. If you haven’t applied categories to a post yet, you can still create menus based on them. Former EDCI 336 learners from three years ago created a video tutorial for how to do create menus using categories using the Camtasia screen capture software that is available in the lab. Alternatively, the steps are described below:

  • Go to Appearance 
  • Click on Menus
  • Click on Categories to expand the drop-down menu
  • Click View All
  • Checkmark the categories you want to add to the menu. They will appear at the bottom of the menu list on the right side.
  • Drag and drop your new menu item to where you want it on the menu list. Note, indenting a menu item under another menu creates a drop-down or submenu.
  • Click Save Menu

That’s it! You should start setting up the menus and categories for your course(s) and for the competencies you are working on. You can also simply create all the competency categories for the course at once. For EDCI 336, we would recommend EDCI 336 as a top menu item and three submenus: Open Inquiry, Tech Inquiry, and EdTech. You are free to design the rest of your sites’s content/menus based on your preferences and can use this blog for multiple courses and to develop into an ongoing professional portfolio. We are happy to support you. Enjoy designing your site!

Most Likely To Succeed Film

For those of you who may have missed watching the Most Likely to Succeed film together in class, you can catch up by watching it online using the link below. Note: this film is restricted to those watching from on campus or those accessing it from off campus using a VPN to connect to campus using a UVic netlink ID and password. For any assistance in watching it from off-campus or how to set up a UVic VPN, please contact the UVic Help Desk. If accessing it correctly, you should not have to create any accounts or log in in any way.

Click here to watch Most Likely to Succeed.

Google Form for Public Sharing of Topics and Online Presence (optional)

We have created an online Google Form for those of you in the class, who would like to share their inquiry topics and online presence publicly. This form is also used to collect consent and information for sharing a Trello board to support inquiry projects this term. FIPPA and Privacy has been discussed extensively in class, so you should be aware that this is not required, but is available to you as per your privacy preferences. If you prefer to keep your responses private, you may email your instructor with your responses to the questions on the form instead of using the form. For more information about FIPPA and privacy, please visit our pages on that topic under Educational Competencies on this website. 

Please complete this form (or email your responses to your instructor) as soon as possible or before your third class at the latest. Note: you can submit the form again if you need to add a response to a field you previously left blank or if you are updated/changing your information.

Google Form for Trello set-up, Public Sharing of Topics, and Online Presence