drmike -- i appreciate your patience.
what i seem to be having trouble with is adding them on as users. I sent the invites and they registered. At first, I didn;t realize I then had to manually add them as, say, author or contributor. But when I tried to do that, both the "search for users" and "add user" functions came up empty, i.e. "that email address does not match any user here."
One student made it to the Dashboard, and here's what she reported back to me: When I either click on the link or copy and paste the address, I get this page: "Get another WordPress.com blog in seconds.
"Welcome back, ocpth5. By filling out the form below....."
When I click on “My Dashboard” or “New Post” on the top bar, it just refreshes that same page.
That's when I figured out I had to manually assign them a role, but when I tried...well, see paragraph above.
I wouldn;t be surprised if I'm just missing some very basic step in the process, but I can;t figure out what that would be. Thanks again.