PP0113 - Pre-Course Activities

Go back to the Professional Ethics Course

Go to the Course Activities

Go to the Learning Portfolios


Pre-Course Activities

These activities must be completed before the course starts on the 15th July.


Read the course information

Please make sure that you have thoroughly read through the course information page as this will give you an understanding of the context of this course and what is expected of you during your participation of this course.


Create your learning portfolio

Each of you will create a Wordpress blog that will become a portfolio of the learning activities you engage in during the course.

To set up your own wordpress blog follow these steps:

  1. Go to this page and watch the video - http://wordpress.com/
  2. Follow the instructions on this page - http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/ - to set up your blog. When you pick your 'web address' it is a good idea to choose yourname.wordpress.com
  3. Once you have set up your wordpress website you should write your first post. In this post you should introduce yourself to your fellow course participants, let us know who you are, where you work or study, why you are taking part in the course, what you hope to learn from the course etc. Be creative, use images, videos, poems and any other creative media you like.
  4. You must ensure that your learning portfolio is listed on the learning portfolios page.  If you have created your blog and don't see it listed please inform us by email (all participants external to UWC should email Rachael Lowe, UWC students should email Michael Rowe).

Here are some more resources on creating portfolios of learning:

Defining portfolio assessment


Establish your method of communicating with fellow participants

Once you've set up your blog, you will need to subscribe to the RSS feed of everyone elses' blogs so that you can keep up with the conversation that's happening. To do this, you must use an RSS reader to subscribe to everyone's blog feed.

We recommend that you use Feedly to do this (you will need a Google account).  Feedly is a great reader because it runs in any browser on your desktop, as well as on any devices running either Android or iOS. If you use a Blackberry, then you can use Feedly through the browser.

To set up your Feedly, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Feedly.com
  2. Sign in with your Google account (if you don't have a Google account, set one up).
  3. Click on the "Add Content" link in the upper left corner of the screen
  4. Go to the learning portfolio page and click on "Rachael Lowe".  Rachael's blog will open in your browser and you should copy the URL in the web address bar at the top of the page.
  5. Go back to Feedly and add the URL that you have copied into the text entry box that appears when you click on "Add Content"
  6. Check a folder (create a course specific folder if you don't already have one) and click "Add"
  7. Your fellow participant blog posts will then appear on your Feedly page.  Do this for each of the blogs listed on the learning portfolios page.
  8. You should return to Learning Portfolios page around the start of the course to check for additional blog links that have been entered.

Here is a video on how to set up and use Feedly for this course:


N.B. If you don't have a gmail address and don't wish to set one up we recommend that you use Netvibes. Another alternative is to use the Reader provided within your WordPress.com account. For more details see Tony's post on following your colleagues blogs using WordPress Reader.


If you use Twitter, the course hashtag is #pht402, which you can use to follow new posts and general announcements. Whenever you publish a new blog post, you can share it to Twitter, which will increase the chances of someone reading your post. You can either do this manually or install an extension that will push the post to your Twitter account. Every tweet that is associated with this module should include the #pht402 hashtag otherwise it won't show up in searches.