by Francisco Ordóñez

One of the best features of the Hostos Social Network (HSN) is that it allows its members to create and update blogs. All they need is internet access and to navigate to the following address: https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu/

What is a blog on HSN?

The word “blog” is a blend of the terms web and log, leading to web log, weblog, and fi fi nally blog. Creating, authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts” or simple “posts”. A person who posts these entries is called a blogger. Also HSN allows the creation of “pages” which can function like any web page, including a menu.

The term “blogging “refers to a medium that allows a blog user to broadcast blog posts to the cyber community. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging sites that has been recognized by many educators. HSN is powering by WordPress for the use at HCC . WordPress is free and open source: it now powers 8.5% of websites in the country. It allows users to make postings and communicate with each other both synchronously and asynchronously.

Blogs, like other media, cover all different topics, such as food, politics, or class activities. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, influencing public opinion and mass media around the world.

How Do I Create a Blog?
First go to the HSN at: https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu/

  1. Login at https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu/ – HCC Username /HCC password
  2.  Main Menu [ My Sites /Create a Site]
  3. Write the Site Name and Site Title
  4. Click “Create Site”

This is an opinion of a faculty members that is using the HSN:

“During the Fall 2012 semester I, in collaboration with the EdTech personnel, put together a Blog in our Hostos Website Social network system. I went from never blogging before, hardly using Facebook and never “tweeting” to having my own blog, Healthy Hostos! Everything was a new language for me, a very exciting new language. The experience is very stimulating because very often I discover a new way or feature that allows me to create more interesting ways to share health education information among our students. The main purpose of the Healthy Hostos blog is to have an easily accessible place in which I can share information about health, food, nutrition, physical activity and weight management with our college community. Since my educational and professional background is Nutrition and Dietetics I’ve always been approached by people with questions about Nutrition and food. This blog opens a new venue for me to answer all those common questions that many of us have about health issues.”
Iris Mercado, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Health Education, CDN, Ed.D.

Please visit Healthy Hostos! A Blog for Hostos students, faculty and staff. https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu/healthyhostos

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