Word Press How to Guide

We are here to help you create your ePortfolio, so do not hesitate to ask for technical support. To get started on creating your ePortfolio we suggest the following steps:

The first Steps:

  1. Log in if you have not already logged in; get familiar with the administration interface and click here for more information on it.  The administration interface is also, where the Dashboard in WordPress is located and you can get more info about it here.
  2. Remember: When you are in the site administration area of your ePortfolio, you can get tips on what you are doing by clicking the “Help” menu on the top-right corner.
  1. Review your settings, start by changing your Site Title under Settings>General. You need to hit the “Save” button to save your changes. (More information about General Settings here.)
  2. Add a new post. You can pick one of the existing categories by checking a box on the sidebar of the authoring interface. You can manage your categories here. You will need to hit the blue “Publish” button on the right hand side before your post appears. Information on managing the privacy settings on individual posts is here.
  3. We have created your ePortfolio with three pages. You can add more pages, or you can delete what is there. Maybe start by changing your about me page by introducing yourself and sharing a little about yourself.
  4. You are welcome to change the images and upload your own. Here is information about using images from Google.

How to section:

  • Here is information about the terminology used in WordPress.
  • Information on the differences between “posts” and “pages” here.
  • Here is information on the difference between a category and a tag.
  • Information about how to replace media an image or media file in WordPress here.
  • Once you feel comfortable with the WordPress administration interface, you are ready to start changing your ePortfolio’s header image.
  • You can manage, add or remove sidebar or footer widgets at Appearance>Widgets.
  • You can even manage or update your navigation menu at Appearance>Menus.
  • You can change the theme in WordPress too, for more information check here.
  • What is an ePortfolio? Click here for a quick video.
  • What is reflective writing? Click here for more info.

Getting more help:

  • Contact Crystalyn Lemieux at crystalyn.lemieux@gmail.com or at clemieux@tru.ca to set up an appointment to get technical assistance in creating your ePortfolio or to answer any of your questions.
  • Here is the Beginner’s guide for WordPress by WPBeginner.
  • Here is the learn WordPress website by WordPress.
  • Learn more about digital literacy skills here. Check out the menu sections and consider looking at the publish section.
  • If you are confused about anything it is always good to do an initial Google or YouTube search. However, if you are finding that it is taking you longer than 10 minutes to figure out a solution, please make an appointment with Crystalyn for technical assistance.

Advice for others

What is one personal story from your university experience you want to share to give future and current students some advice about being at the university and trying to either reconnect to your culture or include your culture into your coursework. If this is hard maybe share how you would make one small change to include your culture into your coursework.


Is there something from your culture that you have been working on or that you feel relates to what you are learning in your program or courses? If not how can you use the cultural item/process to explain a teaching or a personal story that relates to what you learned from the item or process.


Learning to cut fish at first did not seem difficult, until I tried hanging on to the slippery salmon while trying to cut neatly. This reminds me of my experience with trying to keep up with my tests and assignments and trying to keep a social life. It all seems like a slippery slope; once I focus too much on one the other slips out of my reach. Cutting salmon for me symbolizes the balance between hanging on and moving forward to reach my goals that will benefit my family and community. If I don’t learn how to cut salmon than there is less opportunities for my family and friends to have salmon during the year. Just as if I don’t finish my program than there may be less opportunities for myself to take care of my family and support my community. Once the salmon is cut I can decide whether to cook it up or make smoked salmon or even make dry fish. When I finished my program I had more opportunities just as I did once I was able to cut the salmon and decide what was the best way to share and preserve the fish for the future.



Story and/or Song

Are there stories from your culture or a song that you relate to and why? Does this story or song relate to what you are learning in your program or in the course you are currently taking?


When raven stole the sun is a common Tlingit creation story. Raven stole the sun from a chief who was a wealthy man, by making himself into a pine needle. The chief’s daughter went to the river to get water and drank the pine needle, so raven became the chief’s grandson. The chief loved his grandson so much that when raven cried he would quickly cheer him up. One day raven cried for the chief’s boxes that he kept safe and out of reach. Raven cried so hard for the first box that the chief gave raven the box to look at. Raven opened the box and stars shot out and went up into the sky making the earth a little brighter. The Grandfather was not angry, but then raven cried again and a lot longer to convince his grandfather to give him the second box. The grandfather finally caved in and gave baby raven the box. Raven then opened up the box and let the moon out. It went up into the sky by the stars making the world brighter. The grandfather was upset, but still loved his grandson. The last box was left and raven had to cry and cry to get his grandfather, the chief, to give up the last box. Raven then of course opened up the last box and released the sun up into the sky. There was no longer darkness and raven brought the stars, moon, and sun to the earth.

My own interpretation of the story, as it relates to my life, will change throughout my life span. This is something I didn’t realize as a young kid listening Elders and story tellers who shared how raven stole the sun. When I think of this story it reminds me that raven found an innovative solution to help all Tlingit people have light. As I continue my education and learning more about my own culture; I will work towards finding innovative solutions with the communities I work with. Raven did not just show up and take the stars, moon, and sun. He built a relationship with the Chief and the daughter by becoming part of the family. This has two sides; the first is the importance of relationship building and the other is to be wary of the people you work with and be careful with the knowledge you share. Raven used his ability to make the world better for all Tlingit people. This is a goal I am working towards by figuring out what skills I have to offer to help my family, and community move forward from the past to help create a better world for the future generations to come.

Cultural Identity Groups

Photo by Natalia 

Cultural identity refers to the many groups of people that we relate to and we feel that we belong to.This could refer to: ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, education, career, language, foods, generation, beliefs, social class, locality, history, and etc.

An example of a cultural identity list might look like this: Tlingit, Alaska native, American, Alaskan, English, female, university student, Fulbright scholar, health educator, Gluten free/dairy free foods, millennial, christian, etc.

Feel free to make this page private by going to the right and clicking on the edit hyperlink under publish>visibility>public>edit. There is more information in the how to guide in the home page.

Photo credit: Natalia. 2016. The skirt project: Connecting gender, religion, and colonialism. Retrieved from                       https://reconciliationsyllabus.wordpress.com