The WPCampus Blog: Content

Video: Designing for reuse: Taxonomies, tagging, and plugins for modular lesson content

TEL Library is a public, non-profit learning library dedicated to building a scalable and sustainable library of openly licensed, free, and affordable content solutions. We also re-package and re-use that content to offer curriculum solutions (courses, media books, etc.) that enable our partners to offer affordable education. Two things make this possible: 1. Our content […]

Video: Boon companion: content strategist as sidekick

They say that content is king, but the crown can weigh heavily on a troubled brow. How does a content strategist, charged with overseeing dozens if not hundreds of sites, do so without abdicating the throne? In this session, I suggest a different approach – content strategist as the trusted companion. Through training, education, guidance, […]

Video: Faculty visions meet WordPress’ information architecture

“Should this be a post or a page?” “How many tags should we have?” These may sound like old-hat questions to people who work with WordPress every day, but they are often fresh questions without clear answers for faculty working on collaborative, course-based WordPress sites. Academic projects bring varieties of information architectures, and each faculty […]

Video: Dare to share: Design principles for using CMSs in academic research

Higher-education and research are synonymous: educating the next genius and engineering the future. However, the two areas in universities are, in many campuses, leagues apart in how they create, consume, and distribute web applications. Research utilizing web applications, from custom PHP applications to content management system customizations and plugins, are commonly built as stand-alone, narrow […]

Video: Enterprise level scale: lessons learned in real estate

Thoughts on managing large multisites with thousands of users, and only one theme. You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at https://2018.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/enterprise-level-scale/. Speaker: Lacy Paschal What is WPCampus? WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to […]

Video: A content modeling workflow for planning custom post types

Custom post types are an essential part of the WordPress toolbox. These add-ons make updates easier for content managers, provide databases that help with content delivery and simply just allows for easy customization. These always represent a specific content type, but how much content modeling is actually done before the website development begins. Whether approaching […]

Video: Case studies in implementing accessibility for difficult content

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/implementing-accessibility-for-difficult-content/. Session Description: Everyone knows accessibility is important now. (You didn’t know? DEFINITELY you need to be at this session.) The low-level stuff is pretty easy — make sure your images have alt tags, replace your Flash videos with HTML5 equivalents with […]

Video: Incorporating the aXe Accessibility Testing Engine Plugin in WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/incorporating-the-axe-accessibility-testing-engine-plugin-in-wordpress/. Session Description: NC State has recently built a WordPress plugin using the aXe Accessibility Testing Engine by Deque Systems. We are finishing up our pilot of this within our own Office of Information Technology group and are gearing up to launch […]

Video: Building Relationships through Program Promotion

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/building-relationships-program-promotion/. Session Description: According to the 2016 Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey of prospective students, academic program data is one of the most valuable tools we have in the recruiting arsenal. Yet much of the information they really need – job statistics, alumni […]

Video: Which Way Does Your Duck Face

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/which-way-does-your-duck-face/. Session Description: Do you know that if you have a picture of a duck having it face left or right can increase your conversions by 40%? Think this sounds silly? It is but backed by research. Spend some time to learn […]

Podcast: Succeeding at Content Strategy And Everything Else

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Like a lot of web tools, WordPress is built and sold as “easy to use.” That’s one of the ways I pitch WordPress to users on my campus—it’s so easy to put content online. But even if it’s technically easy to publish, the actual work of planning and executing a content strategy that aligns with […]

Video: Winning hearts and minds: Effective communication throughout a website redesign

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/effective-communication-throughout-website-redesign/. Session Description: In 2014, The University of Maine determined that umaine.edu needed to be taken to the next level. A year later, a robust new website was launched to coincide with the incoming class and our 150th year celebrations. This session […]

Video: A four-step guide on how to succeed at practically anything

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/guide-to-succeed/. Session Description: We all have to start somewhere. But if you work in an office that has not yet embraced the concepts, workflows and processes that a content strategy requires — in other words, you work in an office where no one […]

Video: Using the REST API to power your campus communications

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/using-rest-api-power-campus-communications/. Session Description: The WordPress REST API has the potential to put a familiar face on the content management of a whole world of front ends. Imagine a campus tour app that uses the same content infrastructure as the event kiosk in […]

Video: Aprendo: An interactive Spanish language textbook

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/aprendo-interactive-spanish-language-textbook/. Session Description: During the 2016-2017 academic year, the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University debuted an online textbook entitled Aprendo. This homegrown, WordPress-based textbook, built by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, is currently being used by approximately […]

Video: How WordPress saved our open educational services program

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-saved-open-educational-services-program/. Session Description: Our open textbooks program went from one college, three part-time staff, very little funding, an unwieldy website platform, no digitized book production, no statistics, no author participation and many unanswered questions like, “What are open textbooks and why should […]

Video: On the move: Website migrations debunked

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/move-website-migrations-debunked/. Session Description: Migrations are a thing we have to do sometimes but dread doing. You ask yourself before, will it go okay? You think later, did I forget anything? In this talk I’m going to give you some key insights into […]

Video: Interview like a journalist, write like a marketer: Telling stories with heart

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/interview-like-journalist-write-like-marketer/. Session Description: Storytelling is at the heart of what we marketers do. Often, the success of our stories depends on our success as interviewers. Creating compelling and interesting articles and anecdotes means we must get out our shovels and dig deep. […]

Video: Mobilizing 300 reluctant content creators

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/mobilizing-300-reluctant-content-creators/. Session Description: NC State’s central IT office employs almost 300 people, whose areas of expertise range from high-performance computing to video production to installing fiber optic cable. By tradition and budgetary necessity, every single one of them has content creation and […]

Video: So, you redesigned your website… Now what?

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/redesigned-website-now-what/. Session Description: Stanford Law School launched a completely redesigned website in August 2015. But as you know, new websites are never done! There’s always room for improvement: incremental UX enhancements, feature requests, upgrades and content strategy. We’ve spent our time since […]

Video: Canisius College workflow: WordPress, Divi and MailChimp

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/canisius-college-workflow/. Session Description: Not only do campus individuals need help communicating to the outside world, they also need help communicating internally. WordPress has helped Canisius College immensely. It is being used in a variety of ways and by a variety of individuals […]

Video: Every project is a story: Applying storytelling to your client interactions

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/every-project-is-a-story/. Session Description: Humans think in stories. Every story follows a general pattern. Once we learn to see these patterns we can more readily create new stories. In this session we will explore these story structures and how we can use them […]

Video: Level Up: Centralized News and WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/level-up-centralized-news-and-wordpress/. Session Description: We all know WordPress can do just about anything. In this session you’ll see how you can completely revolutionize (and simplify) the way your institution communicates with external and internal audiences. Vanderbilt University is using a WordPress to run […]

Video: The Case for the WordPress REST API

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/the-case-for-the-wordpress-rest-api/. Session Description: The talk will focus towards non-developers, and use no code, but will explain a very developer-focused tool / addition to WordPress. Takeaways will include understanding of what the API is on a high-level, and also what it can be […]

Video: Reducing Friction in SME Participation

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at http://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/spoonful-of-content-sugar-reducing-friction-in-subject-matter-expert-participation/. Session Description: Of all the issues organizations can face, perhaps one of the most daunting from a content POV is just making it easier for the people who know the most about the topics in your digital strategy to be involved […]

Video: Web Publishing with WordPress Across the Curriculum

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/web-publishing-wordpress-across-curriculum/. Session Description: The web created the first universal publishing platform but schools, of all levels, are still having students submit paper or “electronic documents” for grading and review. Academic work lives in private, closed systems, never exposing students to the opportunity […]

Video: How To Create A Multilingual Website In WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/create-multilingual-website-wordpress/. Session Description: Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Does your institution serve students that speak different languages? If so, maybe your website should too! In this session we’ll compare different solutions for publishing content in multiple languages using WordPress, and what impact having a […]

Podcast: WordPress Forms

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From simple contact forms to complex online applications, higher ed hosts a variety of online forms. For this episode, we’ll discuss what’s important and needed for WordPress forms in the world of higher ed, including accessibility and privacy concerns. For this episode, we are joined by WPCampus members Rachel Cherry and Curtiss Grymala and WordPress […]