It all started in 2009 when one of the universities where Steven Doran works asked, “Can you teach a ‘blogging in English’ course?” As always, with keen enthusiasm he said, “sure thing – no problem!” At the time, he had very little knowledge about blogging, so he set up the course on Google’s “Blogspot”. It worked well, but when the year ended, he searched for something he could better customize in order to provide a more interactive experience for students.
Blogging in ENGLISH
This was when he discovered WordPress – a world class, open source content management system (CMS) platform – which he used to create WORLITOP™ along with the very first Blogging in ENGLISH course. Since then, his ideas about online learning have changed forever. With a few books and hundreds of self-taught hours of web development, he launched Blogging in ENGLISH on WORLITOP™ in October of 2010, and began teaching the first group of students using the new platform in April of 2011. Initially, it was slow and a bit buggy, but they were able to complete the first semester without any major disasters.
Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™
Since then, Blogging in ENGLISH has evolved and become Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™. The biggest difference is the customized comment and reply writing software, and customized evaluation and assessment software – both developed for and used exclusively on Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™. Also, WORLITOP™ hosts three additional platforms taught at five universities in Japan. These include:
- Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™ (Bunkyo University, Daito Bunka University, and Waseda University)
- The World According to TED / Communication in ACTION (Aoyama Gakuin University and Bunkyo University)
- American Politics & POP CULTURE (Waseda University)
- Advanced Communications (Nihon University)
WORLITOP™ is a super fast & secure, advertisement free, password protected web application used for online learning. Although some pages can be publicly accessed, all Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™ areas require member login.
WORLITOP™ is committed to promoting innovative ideas in order to create social change brought about by enlightened people who want to make the world a better place for their future.