Share Paper: Affordance Analysis of WordPress

  1. Teresa Wu, George Mason University, United States
  2. Maurine Kwende, George Mason University, United States
  3. Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University, United States
Wednesday, November 4 3:00-3:15 PM Room 3

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 ...