"Getting Started with MyMFP Learning Portfolios"

Weblogs (or “Blogs”) are easily publishable and manageable websites that provide a terrific way to maintain an ongoing collection of journal entries, links, random thoughts, photos, etc. Mayfield Fellows use personal weblogs to catalog their experiences and thoughts over the course of the 9 month program. When a new post is added to a blog, the main pages rebuild to include that post in some preformatted manner. Blogs can contain any number of categories, are searchable, and allow robust syndication. MFP blogs are implemented in Stanford web space using a blog system called Movable Type (www.movabletype.org). The following instructions are intended to get you started blogging. We will dive into some of the more advanced features in the weeks ahead.

Publishing to your portfolio
  1. In your internet browser, go to stvp.stanford.edu/blog/yourlastname/ (filling in your last name). This is the location of your myMFP learning portfolio. You will need to authenticate via SUID. Your Learning Portfolio entries will be shown on this page.
  2. Login to the publishing interface by clicking the “Manage My Blog” link in the top left corner.
         a. Your user name is just your whole name (both first and last, with first letters capitalized and a space in between) (e.g. John Doe).
         b. Your password is your last name in lowercase letters (e.g. doe) You are now at the blog administrative interface, where you can write a post, manage your personal information, add categories, upload a file, etc.
  3. Click the “New Entry” link under your blog title on the left side of the page.
  4. Write your post. Your post can simply be text. It can also include formatted text, links, uploaded files and pictures (via the upload file button), etc. Any html will work here, offering a good opportunity for creativity. You should add a title for your post and will need to add a new category for your post: call this new category “Session Takeaways.”
  5. At the bottom of the page click the save button. Make sure that the Post Status is set to Publish. The entry will be rebuilt and should now show up on your Learning Portfolio homepage.
  6. Click the View Site button on the bottom left of the page to see your site. If the entry does not appear, you might need to rebuild your site (this button is also on the left).
Congratulations!! You have successfully made a first post to your blog. Feel free to explore more of the features of your blog. We will dive deeper in Session 2, including faster posting methods and commenting. You can learn more about the Movable Type system at www.movabletype.org.

If you have any questions, can’t login, or need some clarification, contact Andrew Nelson at andrew.nelson@stanford.edu