Tips and Tricks for using the foxmis community


How add an RSS feed of a specific category from a site/blog to your site/blog

Step 1: Obtain the RSS Feed Link

Step 2: Add the RSS Link to you blog/site

  • Go to the Dashboard for you site.
  • Under Appearance->Widgets, Add a rss widget to your sidebar.
  • Specify the rss link as the Link you just obtained.
  • Save and you are done.

Creating a site for sharing your research and publications

Faculty members can display their research record on their personal site and have it automatically update the new departmental page which aggregates Fox MIS research. You can take advantage of several features of WordPress to post and tag this research. By using this approach faculty members can share their research with each other and the world much more effectively. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish this:

  1. As mentioned in an earlier post, you must first activate your blog. This will allow you to submit each piece of research as a post. Listing each research item such as a journal article as a post is critical because it will allow you take advantage of the RSS and aggregation features that are built into the MIS community site.
  2. While posting your research you should utilize the tagging feature of WordPress to label each piece of research accordingly. (E.g. net neutrality, globalization, wireless technologies, etc.) Tags are in the right sidebar on the “Edit Post” page. You should also categorize the type of research (e.g., journal, conference, grant, case, working paper, other). Please use the example categories to maintain consistency and for ease of aggregation. Finally, also categorize each post with your name so that it can be easily accessed from the aggregate Fox MIS research site. Categories are also in the right sidebar on the “Edit Post” page.  Please see Munir Mandviwalla’s site for an example.
  3. You can then add several widgets to your research “blog” page such as the tags and recent posts widget that will make it much easier to browse your research.
  4. To configure your site for the above purpose, here’s what to do.
    1. Create a blank page via Dashboard > Pages > Add New and title it “Research”
    2. Publish the page leaving it blank.
    3. Go into Dashboard > Settings > Reading and then change the “Post page” to your newly created Research Page (in the picture below I set my post page to a temporary “Test Page”)statpage
  5. In order to display your new research page (with the tags included) switch the theme from “faculty” to “facultywithresearch2”.
  6. Start adding posts to your site for each unique piece of research.
  7. Send the RSS feed of your new site to the system administrator so we can add the feed to the overall Fox MIS research site.  Once this is done, you will be able to make changes and additions to your site and they will automatically propagate to the central site.
  8. You are finished! Now sharing and posting research is much easier and more efficient.

How to create a course site

  • Login to your account
  • Click on My Blogs
  • Select “Create a Blog”
  • Please use the following convention for the “Blog name”: course number, section, term, so if your course is MIS 2101 Section 001 and you are teaching in fall 2009, your course URL would be ‘mis2101sec001f09’. If we all use this convention then it will be easy to remember and find courses.
  • For the “Blog title” we recommend using the title of your course. So if your course is MIS 2101 Informations Systems, then use “Information Systems” for the title.
  • There is one more critical step after the above process is complete. Click on “My Blogs” again and select the new site you just created. Then select “Switch Themes.”
  • Select the “Course” theme. This will automatically configure the look and feel of your site so that it is set for a course. Don’t worry you can change it all later. This is to get you started.
  • Now take a look at the site.
  • You can add “posts” to the site by again selecting “My Blogs” and then selecting the new site and then “New Post.”
  • That is all it takes to get going!
  • For more control and options, select the “Dashboard.”