Wednesday, November 4
3:00-3:15 PM
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Room 3

Affordance Analysis of WordPress

Brief Paper: Research Based Live Presentation ID: 58276
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    Teresa Wu
    George Mason University
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    Maurine Kwende
    George Mason University
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    Nada Dabbagh
    George Mason University

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the digital affordances of WordPress as an educational tool. Wordpress is a popular social media platform that educators can leverage to design learning activities that foster students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In this research, we analyzed the technological and pedagogical affordances of the self-hosting Wordpress (version 5.1) using Harston and Pyla’s (2012) typology of affordances and Bower’s (2008) affordance analysis process. The analysis revealed the digital features of Wordpress that educators can leverage to design effective and engaging learning activities and interactions in an online course. It is concluded that Wordpress is a powerful and flexible digital technology for beginner and experienced learning designers and educators to use to foster creativity, support articulation, reflection, and promote collaborative problem-solving.

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