I am a Course Media Developer in the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) at the University of North Florida. In concert with other CIRT team members, I work with UNF faculty to develop and produce course media while continually evaluating its quality and effectiveness for instructional delivery. I’ve been working in the Educational Technology field for 25 years.

If you have any questions, please contact me at rushaw (at) gmail (dot) com.

See what I’m saying about technology and more at my blog – andheblogs.com

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In this workshop we’ll show you some options for building your own academic website with the goal of developing or refining a professional online presence. This can be a site ranging from an online CV or portfolio, to a developmental space to explore digital pedagogy and scholarship, to an alternative class space online.


  • Start with WordPress.com
  • Domains vs. subdomains vs. hosting – i.e. IDENTITY and OWNERSHIP
  • Picking a theme
    • Time to get creative
    • To blog, or not to blog…
    • To sidebar, or not to sidebar…
    • Recommended Themes – These themes are “accessibility ready”
  • Professional Elements for Faculty
  • Functionality of your site – What if you want more —> Hosted WordPress
  • A Word About Social Media

Faculty Examples:

Remember – these sites are like gardens. They need to be tended to, and occasionally weeded and fertilized (please, only virtual fertilizer). Remember this is your online identity. It needs to be constantly managed, but with that management, it means that you will have the most control over it.