October 11, 2019 — Whether people are browsing your website, reading your content, or using your product, you have one vital and universal requirement to fulfil as a creator: Anything you present to your audience should be clear and understandable. Surprisingly and often, this proves to be a tough challenge. Users are overwhelmed by design, shy away from difficult copy, and become frustrated with features that aren’t intuitive. Marieke and Jesse explore learning and information processing theory and practices, so you can bridge the gap between you and your users. You’ll get lots of practical tips you can apply immediately.
January 7, 2019 — The ability to utilize and enjoy website content shouldn’t be limited to the those with perfect eye sight and neurotypical conditions. Learn about some of the best practices for having an accessible website, useful plugins, what Section 508 is, ways to be Section 508 compliant, and how to take steps to make your website accessible to all users.
December 13, 2018 — Much like online businesses or blogging, higher education is a world of its own with unique challenges, content, stakeholders, and target audiences. Higher education is WordPress at enterprise level but we don’t worry so much about which e-commerce plugin is best. Instead, we’re more concerned with managing large-scale networks of faculty blogs, abiding with FERPA and accessibility regulations, and implementing tools to promote research data.
This talk will showcase how WordPress is used in the world of higher ed. From learning management systems to intranets to student recruitment, college campuses are a great candidate for utilizing WordPress to its full potential.
April 3, 2018 — De bedoeling van mijn talk is onder de toeschouwers brengen dat WordPress verder gaat dan alleen vrije tijd en professionele websites. In vele scholen wordt het platform ook gebruikt voor eindwerken, projecten etc. op scholen.
December 7, 2017 — Alexandra handles product development at CaptainForm, WordPress form builder launched in 2015 by 123ContactForm. Previously, she worked in project and product management at the same company and developed a deep interest in analyzing user behavior and building solutions based on her findings. The WordPress world is the closest to her heart and she is a frequent WordCamp speaker, volunteer or attendee
December 11, 2016 — In this talk, I will deliver a detailed case study on how WordPress can be used to deliver online education courses and build highly engaged communities of students.
Most online courses achieve student completion rates of around 2% – 10% according to this MOOCS research study.
We have achieved 65% completion rates of our online courses by building incredibly engaging courses and a world class learning environment built on WordPress. The best part of this talk is that the online courses and community we have built are all for WordPress developers and freelancers so this is truly a WordPress showcase piece.
The online education market is worth over US$100BN and WordPress provides a great platform for all online educators to improve the quality of their courses and deliver better student outcomes.
The core technology covered will include WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, BadgeOS and the LearnDash Learning Management System. I will also talk about the psychology and strategy of delivering an online course to maximize student engagement and completion rates.’
October 5, 2016 — Using WordPress at its heart OSS tries to create a virtual studio where students and faculty can collaborate on projects in an online social space that encourages transparency and cooperative learning.
August 14, 2016 — The HBS Digital Initiative, in partnership with Reaktiv Studios, has been building a networked classroom blogging tool, called Open Knowledge. Our goal is to make Open Knowledge the destination to create, share, discover and engage in discussions about the future of business within the classroom and beyond.
Implementing such a platform within higher education requires specific technical and social considerations. What about FERPA? Do students feel comfortable doing work publicly and digitally? What back-end tools are need for grading and curation? How can conversations remain civil while also remaining public?
We will share our findings from the last year of design research, user testing, and iterative development. We’ll discuss the ways WordPress might be customized for use in a classroom setting, and then spend as much time as possible for Q&A. Our findings are incredibly compelling for broader implementation, and we are excited to help other schools figure out a similar roadmap!