March 28, 2016 — Much like online businesses or blogging, higher ed is a world of its own with unique challenges, content, stakeholders, and target audiences. In our world, we don’t worry so much about which eCommerce plugin is best. Instead, we’re more concerned with how to manage a large-scale network of faculty blogs, abide with FERPA regulations, and implement Active Directory single sign-on. This talk will showcase how WordPress is used in the world of higher ed and how we’re a great candidate for utilizing WordPress to its full potential, whether it’s using the powerful CMS to stretch limited resources or using its new API capabilities to share information and break down silos.
February 3, 2016 — What would happen if schools were powered by free and open source software? What if students were trusted and given the freedom to explore and experiment with their school-issued devices?
The results may surprise you.
Free and open source software has fueled Penn Manor School District’s classrooms for over a decade. The strategy culminated in a high school 1:1 learning program, where students received 1700 school-supplied laptops exclusively loaded with Linux and open source software.
Charlie will tell the unusual story of how Penn Manor applied open source principles to better prepare students for college, careers and beyond.
Central to the program is a student apprenticeship, where high school students form the core of a sophisticated help desk team, and write code used by their peers everyday.
November 21, 2015 — It sounds cool when you hear a university is powered by WordPress, but what does that really mean? A website is a website, content is content, and WordPress is really just another way to manage it all.
Why WordPress? Sometimes because it’s the right answer. Sometimes because it’s free.
The true power is community. And if you can apply that community to how content is managed, you may find yourself with a solution that can carry change throughout an organization.
July 4, 2015 — While a graduate student at Tufts University, my old lab called “Center for Engineering Education and Outreach” (CEEO) wanted to jump on the “online virtual classroom” bandwagon. I was tasked with finding the appropriate platform to kick-start our venture into this space. I decided to go with WordPress due to it being free and supported by a large, healthy community of diverse people around the world.
June 2, 2015 — Mike Sales and Ann Thanaraj discuss the use of WordPress as a platform to run Virtual Clinics in academic and business settings. Our implementation takes advantage of the inbuilt multi-site capabilities of WordPress for the creation of individual clinics, along with third party plugins including MultiNetwork to manage individual institutions and BuddyPress to provide the tools uses by individual clinics.
July 21, 2014 — Prof. Dr. Mirela Catrinel Voicu introduced WordPress into college classes 2 years ago and received very good feedback from her students. She is planning to expand the hours of covering WordPress with a more practical approach.
June 21, 2014 — Learn about the collaborative process that was used to create a new website for the Harrington School of Communication and Media, including site navigation, design, work with web developers, university administrators and IT professionals, and members of the faculty.
November 15, 2013 — This presentation is the story of how WordPress came to the rescue of a small, nonprofit graduate school, freeing it from the chains of an ancient and expensive proprietary CMS and even allowing it to go responsive without a full website redesign.
June 12, 2013 — Learn about the differing motivations of educators who make use of WordPress and reflect on what students learn about the writing and publication process. What are the affordances of WordPress that are most useful to educators and learners? What are the limitations of the tool? This presentation explores the strengths and limitations of WordPress as beginning users have experienced it and consider strategies for better understanding its potential benefits and limitations in the context of teaching and learning.
June 11, 2013 — The presentation is about pedagogy, design and a WordPress theme for teachers. See why WordPress, with its easy set-up and open-source architecture, is an ideal fit for the adjunct instructor or the University department.