About blog.torontomu.ca

Welcome to blog.torontomu.ca, a network of blogs at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Our network is run on WordPress multi-site, similarly to WordPress.com. This means that hundreds of blogs are currently run on this network at this very moment. All of the blogs share common resources, such as themes and plugins that are selected and installed by our system administrators.

blog.torontomu.ca is open to university staff and faculty for teaching and learning use. Students are welcome to request blogs for completing course assignments and activities. We do not require that students get permission from their instructor in order to submit a request for a course blog, although we do recommend clearing it with your instructor first.

These blogs must be related to your work or study at the university and are not available for personal nor commercial use.

All non-course blog sites must be actively maintained and updated, and will be archived if they are inactive for more than a semester.

Need clarity on some of the WordPress-specific terminology? The WP Glossary may help!

On August 20, 2019, blog.torontomu.ca, was moved from local campus servers to an external provider that hosts servers in Canada.

Some uses for a blog:

  • you want your students to use a blog for a course-related project
  • you want students to post their work-in-progress for major assignments
  • you want to include reflection as an activity in your course
  • you want the students in your class to build a shared repository of course-related knowledge and resources
  • you want to provide the students with course-related content outside of the LMS

blog.torontomu.ca may be ideal for you if:

  • you hire temporary staff (possibly student staff) to maintain your website, and need some consistency in support
  • you don’t require the ability to install your own themes and plugins, don’t require FTP access to the site and don’t require access to edit the PHP end of the site
  • you don’t have the skills in-house to build your own WordPress site from scratch
  • you don’t have the skills or time to maintain your WordPress installation (i.e. apply updates in a timely fashion)
  • you don’t have the budget to hire people to do the above for you, or to cover the costs of the necessary server