It’s been a few weeks since the Blog Brothers were yakking but they did let participants (well anyone) know that their garage would be open for those angling to create a Connected Course.

Open is as open does.

Cars are pretty easy, right? Blogs and RSS are way more finicky pieces of engineering? Maybe, maybe not.

Look at these guys, who do they think they are?

Unit 6 of Connected Courses is idling around the corner, the one where we you should aim to take the topics and issues discussed previously, and use them as a guide to planning your own Connected Course. The folks in the front office and headquarters are lining up some hangouts and resources, which should be good stuff.

I’d guess a lot of folks want the bolts and rivets, thats what us guys in the garage are here for. So bring your blog, site, or just questions to the shop.


The shop of course is an area of the Connected Courses forums to ask questions about syndication engines and all the boxes plugins. You can tweet questions, but I almost bet the answers are way too much metal to fit into 140 characters.

A few things. We will try to answer everything, but there’s a lot of ground to cover, and there is going to be a wide range of experience coming in here.

Our goal is to get you at least started, and confident on the road, and knowing you have a place to come back to or peers you can count on down the road. This is not something you will easily build in just two weeks. My hunch is that the DML folks are interested in a way to support a community of people building and teaching connected courses.

Yep, this is just the start.

And there are plenty of others out there that can also pitch in and help out others.

I’d also like to be clear that the WordPress platform, and Feed WordPress syndication methods we use in Connected Courses (and ds106, and other sites I have done engine work on) are but one way to do this. Laura Gibbs is doing amazing stuff with Blogger and inoreader. Not every course calls for students getting their own domains.

The Feed WordPress guide I wrote up will provide a base to build your site, but it does assume you will have gotten as far as installing WordPress, that you know how to add plugins, and can install themes. So be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get your elbows greasy.

Are you ready to teach connected?

Drop by the garage, and chew some fat with me and my brothers and sisters.

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as

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