Create accessible navigation from scratch with WordPress

Create accessible navigation from scratch with WordPress

No matter how users get to your sites, they deserve an inclusive, accessible experience. A main navigation component built with accessibility in mind goes a long way towards this goal. Fortunately, WordPress leaves the implementation of accessibility best practices up to theme and plugin developers. This means that by carefully thinking about how to build […]

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 […]

Scaling with student workers (yes, we give them admin access)

Relying on students to run your WordPress multisite sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be. NYU Web Publishing is a tool and a service which empowers faculty, students and staff to create their own websites, and student workers have helped us scale to more than 10,000 user created sites. Learn how NYU created an […]

Access granted: Working with an accessibility mindset

Accessibility can be difficult to approach as an an organization. It is a complicated topic, and it is difficult to know where to begin, and it is hard to know when you’ve sufficiently met the requirements. But accessibility complaints are prevalent, and educational institutions need to build online experiences that don’t leave students behind to […]

Documentation for developers

Developers who love to write documentation are pretty rare. But, documentation is a critically necessary evil throughout a website’s life – from initial development through to ongoing support and enhancements. How much documentation is too much? Not enough? As developers, how can we produce meaningful documentation that supports our code and sets it up for […]

Where creativity works: building a student recruitment blog with WordPress

In this session I will share how I harnessed the power of WordPress to create a successful unique multipurpose student recruitment blog for the Art Department at my university. I will start by exploring the genesis of the idea for the blog and then speak to the blog’s design and development. I will discuss blogger […]

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 […]

Code is poetry - why code quality really matters

Constant code refactoring, missed deadlines and exploding costs are some of the consequences of bad code quality. In this talk I will try to convince you that good code quality, whether you are a one-man shop or a full-fledged development team, will help you to become truly Agile, honor deadlines and will improve the general […]

The grass is always greener: What do other CMSs offer higher education?

While WordPress has a substantial presence in higher education, it’s not the only game in town. Most colleges and universities have multiple content management platforms in play across campus: used by different schools, departments, research centers, labs, facilities, libraries, athletics, alumni and admissions. Even some smaller colleges, in my experience, end up with 3-4 different […]

The what and why of WordPress security

I’m sure you’ve read at least one “Guide to WordPress Security” or “Top Ten Tips to Keep Your WordPress Site Safe” articles. Maybe you even implemented a few, or all, of the suggestions. But did you understand why certain items were suggested, or what exactly they accomplished? In this session will discuss the most common […]

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, […]

Engaging accepted students through WordPress

Most traditional colleges and universities fear one thing: melt. After a prospective student becomes an accepted student, how do you successfully keep that individual connected and excited about joining your campus community? Institutions have tried everything: a nagging email cadence, digital games and contests, Facebook groups and stacks of paper mailers and postcards. Yet, it […]

Using multitenant WordPress to simplify development

Do you want to do development on multiple sites with different setups concurrently, but do not have to update core in each install every time a new version is released? Are you developing for a single site environment, but don not want to spin up a new development server for every site so you do […]

GutenReady for the Gutenpocalypse

When Matt Mullenweg announced in December 2017 that Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 would be ready in just a few short months, we sat up and took notice. Knowing the landscape of our institution – and higher ed’s proclivity for denying change – we started making plans. From the beginning we were thinking about the full […]

Future-proofing against the next big change

A few years ago, everyone had to overhaul all of their websites to become ‘responsive’ and now we’re overhauling everything to be ‘accessible’. As we plan for Gutenberg and GDPR, we have to ask ourselves: What are the next big changes up ahead and how do we better anticipate them to get prepared before the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nobody puts WordPress in a container: Docker, GitLab and continuous integration

When our institution decided it was time to switch our primary CMS to WordPress it was also decided to make the jump to a containerized environment. Join me as I demonstrate how Adams State University has made a quantum shift on how we manage WordPress using Docker and GitLab’s continuous integration tools. I’ll share lessons […]

Transformations of a team workflow

Change is hard! Especially when a service team is asking hundreds of individuals and departments to totally reconfigure how they’re adding, updating and maintaining content on their websites—all while transforming their own processes, workflows and underlying infrastructure and technologies. That’s exactly what happened to us during our OpenText to WordPress migration. We will walk through […]

What the hack? Fortifying your security by understanding your adversary

Malicious activity is an unfortunate reality when maintaining a web presence today. Most people involved in the web industry know someone who encountered the aftermath of a disruptive attack — if they haven’t themselves. Because of this, awareness of security best practices is at an all-time high. To many, though, it may not be clear […]

The synergistic intersection of WordPress, the LMS and Domain of One's Own in teaching

Combining the power of WordPress with the logistical advantages of the Learning Management System (LMS) is an ideal way to facilitate dynamic learning experiences for your students. Whether you want to host a class blog, publish an open textbook or utilize WordPress plugins within the LMS, you can integrate these tools into your course design […]

Creating community through student recognition

OU Create is a Domain of One’s Own initiative in which any faculty, staff member or student at the University of Oklahoma can sign up for a free domain and web hosting. We now have more than 4,000 users, but creating a community is an ongoing challenge. In this presentation, I will detail the design […]

Delivering great presentations (and helping others do it too!)

When we talk about design and the web, for some reason we don’t believe we can have our beautiful cake and access it too. Sometimes, the idea of accessibility seems like a bucket of water on a campfire—not the kind of sizzle we are want for our website. And yet I tell you, there’s hope. […]

An API for open educational resources

In spring 2017, the team at Pressbooks began work on an Open Publishing Infrastructure project with funding from Ryerson University. Our goals were to build a full-content REST API for Pressbooks and use it to power a new feature for users and institutions creating Open Educational Resources: the ability to clone openly-licensed books for reuse […]

Moving their cheese: a case study

The problem: everyone on campus has a stake in your website. Certain departments want things structured their own way. Every office expects prospective students to intuitively understand the lingo and hierarchy of the institution. But let’s be honest: the data shows prospective students and their parents often search to find what they need (or give […]

Higher ed plugin roundup

WordPress slices, it dices, it makes julienned fries—but what’s the best plugin for each of those things while complying with the accessibility, branding and hosting requirements of higher ed? In this session, we’ll run down the plugins most commonly used in higher ed, as well as the ones developed (or forked) in-house and open sourced […]

Accessibility and life beyond the ALT tag

When we talk about design and the web, for some reason we don’t believe we can have our beautiful cake and access it too. Sometimes, the idea of accessibility seems like a bucket of water on a campfire—not the kind of sizzle we are want for our website. And yet I tell you, there’s hope. […]

What I’ve learned from five years of WordPress at a public university

Over the last five years at Washington State University, we have built a single multi-network WordPress Multisite installation into the university’s primary content management system. All six campus locations, 11 colleges and hundreds of departments between have at least some presence on WordPress. In this talk I’ll cover assumptions I had when starting in higher […]

Case study: Carleton University - managing 600+ single installs

Managing 600 single site installs is about as much fun as it sounds. At Carleton University our CMS and Framework service allows departments, faculty members (and sometimes students) to create and manage their own content. We’ll take a look at the history and evolution of our service, our network architecture, and the processes and tools […]

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 […]

Keeping everyone in the loop

Preparing to release a new update to your website or app? This lightning talk will discuss how to prepare all stakeholders as launch day approaches. You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at https://2018.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/keeping-everyone-in-the-loop/. Speaker: Shawn Hooper What is WPCampus? WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the […]

Unbundle Your Institution: Building a Web Ecosystem

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/unbundle-institution-building-web-ecosystem/. Session Description: Content management systems like WordPress are incredibly powerful, but we can get accustomed to the benefits, drawbacks, and development environment of the system without thinking about the bigger picture: what’s coming down the road? What’s new? Does this system […]

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 […]

Headless and Brainless WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/headless-and-brainless-wordpress/. Session Description: Now that WordPress has an amazing Rest API, there is a lot of buzz around “Headless” or “Decoupled” sites. However, these are mostly covered with “how-to” and not “what this is” articles. This presentation will provide a deeper understanding […]

Developing a Culture of Mentorship

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/developing-culture-mentorship/. Session Description: It’s easy to spend your entire day, heads down, coding projects without thinking twice about other developers around you. We often get too absorbed with completing our immediate deadlines to spend any time considering the future of our projects, […]

Building A Training Schedule Platform and Expanding It To Everyone

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/building-a-training-schedule-platform-for-everyone/. Session Description: We started with a need to develop a more robust faculty training schedule system for sign-ups and tracking. We are now expanding the platform to handle the scheduling and tracking of all professional development training on our campus. I […]

At Home in the Cloud

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/at-home-in-the-cloud/. Session Description: Living in LA, we must be prepared for all contingencies. Would our 50,000 students be able to simultaneously use the emergency page on their phones while hiding from a shark-infested tornado? We designed an AWS setup that gives us […]

WordPress as a Platform for Moving to Open Learning

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-as-platform-for-moving-to-open-learning/. Session Description: How do you re-design a graduate program to embrace and reflect open learning? You move it to WordPress at the same time you are redesigning it. If this sounds simpler said than done you’re right! Coinciding with a five-year […]

Death of the Media Query

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/death-of-the-media-query/. Session Description: We’ve all been there. Your site looks beautiful on mobile, tablet, and desktop but 768 pixels to 900 pixels is a disaster. Creating a truly responsive website experience goes beyond using bootstrap. Front End Developers consistently find themselves creating […]

Managing Change Moments Across Diverse Groups

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/managing-change-moments-across-diverse-groups/. Session Description: WordPress 5.0 is around the corner and should contain a major upgrade to the default post editor. Project Gutenberg and the changes that it may be bringing to the WordPress ecosystem has been a hotly debated topic over the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WordPress and Real-World Data with Students

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-and-real-world-data-with-students/. Session Description: Education is often most powerful when the digital and real-world merge in ways that increase the power of both. We’ve built a variety of instructional and technical-design patterns to create custom tools for students and faculty that help achieve […]

Helping Researchers Tell a More Textured Story

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/helping-researchers-tell-textured-story-work/. Session Description: Nicky Agate, head of digital initiatives at the Modern Language Association, will discuss the society’s collaboration with Columbia University Libraries on CORE, or the Commons Open Repository Exchange, a Fedora plugin for WordPress/BuddyPress that enables an open-access repository to […]

Securing your WordPress Website

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/securing-your-wordpress-website/. Session Description: Learn the information security principles to lock down and secure your WordPress website. You will learn about weak passwords, faulty themes or plugins, or even old WordPress installations and the steps to take to secure your site today. Learn […]

Help! I’ve been hacked!

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/help-ive-been-hacked/. Session Description: WordPress has been given a bad rap as being easy to hack. The most common problem that causes a website to be hacked is human error. It is possible to recover from being hacked, but it is better to […]

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 […]

Accessibility case study: WCAG and screen reader solutions for accordions and tabs

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/accessibility-case-study-wcag-screen-reader-solutions-accordions-tabs/. Session Description: Achieving WCAG and screen-reader accessibility, for the most part, isn’t too hard—web fonts and robust button formats have removed the need for text-as-image-file graphics, and CSS layouts rescued all of us from inaccessible, table-based presentations. But tab elements, with […]

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 […]

Building sane, reusable WordPress templates with Twig and Timber

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/building-sane-reusable-wordpress-templates-twig-timber/. Session Description: Traditional WordPress templates are written in PHP code that mixes HTML output with more advanced programming logic. The Timber plugin for WordPress lets you move the markup part of your templates into separate files written in Twig, a simple […]

Code reviews: People use it, so it must be fine

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/code-reviews-people-use-must-fine/. Session Description: Let’s take a look at what makes a quality theme or plug-in. We’ll share the guidelines that we follow and the automated tools that we use to evaluate plug-ins and themes for performance, reliability, accessibility and security. We’ll perform […]

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 […]

Workshop: WordPress and A11y

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/a11y-workshop/. Session Description: Working in higher education, we have a duty to make sure that our web content is usable and accessible to everyone. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines give us a good place to start, but we need to take the […]

A look at the modern WordPress server stack

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/look-modern-wordpress-server-stack/. Session Description: Do you remember when you could run a “fast” WordPress site with just an Apache server and PHP? Yeah, those were days! Things were a lot less complicated then. Now, everything has to load lightning fast! Visitors don’t have […]

Automated browser testing using Selenium

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/automated-browser-testing-using-selenium/. Session Description: There has been lots said about the value of unit testing your code, but what about actually testing that your websites and applications work correctly once deployed? What about cross-browser testing? This talk will introduce you to testing your UI […]

Let’s rethink web design classes

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lets-rethink-web-design-classes/. Session Description: We need to take an extensive look at how we teach web “design” in our schools today. Many institutions still don’t even show a CMS or only focus on the “hard” skills of web creation (HTML, CSS, etc). With […]

A technical plan for success: Preparing to optimize 4,000+ sites at NYU

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/technical-plan-success-preparing-optimize-4000-sites-nyu/. Session Description: Universities today leverage WordPress Multisite to empower students, update faculty content and course notes, and bring entire communities together. With large multisites and small teams, it is common for performance headaches to occur: faculty can’t update or create course […]

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 […]

The builder’s dilemma: No layout left behind

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/builders-dilemma-no-layout-left-behind/. Session Description: WordPress announced that it won’t be following its regular release cycle in 2017. The core team is going to focus on three key projects, of which the largest is reimagining the content editing experience. Enter the inline page builder. […]

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 […]

Managing a gigantic multisite installation and surviving to tell the tale

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/managing-gigantic-multisite-installation/. Session Description: In 2010, John Carroll University began rolling out WordPress as its content management, the first the school had ever used. They picked WordPress due to its user-friendly interface and powerful customization abilities. The site has grown beyond our wildest […]

Bringing ideas to life: Talking tech for non technical folks

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/making-dream-reality-technical-guide-non-technical-folks/. Session Description: Finding it tough to translate your ideas into developer-speak? Not even sure where to start? Working with developers doesn’t have to be a headache! This presentation covers key strategies that will make your relationships with developers (or IT teams) […]

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 […]

How to scale WordPress across a university

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/scale-wordpress-across-university/. Session Description: Let’s talk about scale! Does your WordPress service scale well? Do your users agree? If remote access is a factor at your statewide system, your satellite institution (or that really far building), then this session is for you. NYU […]

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 […]

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 […]

Workshop: Application of analytics for academic areas

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/analytics-workshop/. Session Description: During this workshop, Michael Fienen will walk you through a number of techniques and processes that will enable you to take your implementation of Google Analytics well beyond a plain set-it-and-forget-it configuration. Better analytics allows you to make better […]

WordPress high performance hosting

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-high-performance-hosting/. Session Description: A case study of how the Harvard Chan School is leveraging Amazon Web Services to power a high performance, elastic and scalable hosting environment for 1900+ websites, on one WordPress Multisite installation. This session will introduce how the ever-growing […]

Open access publishing and WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/open-access-publishing-wordpress/. Session Description: The Amherst College Press is a small and relatively new press. In this talk I will discuss what we’ve done at Amherst College in using WordPress as a portal for our open access publishing. I will talk about what […]

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. […]

Level up your WordPress security

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/level-up-your-wordpress-security/. Session Description: This session serves to answer the most-asked question I get as a developer: “How can I keep my WordPress site secure?” This session will walk you through three major levels of security: server-level, site-level and external. And it’ll explain […]

Workshop: Finding eternal REST: A guide to JavaScript front ends for WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/javascript-workshop/. Session Description: Shuffling along with the same old web interface? Moaning about how slow it loads? Watching your audience rot away yearning for features you just can’t implement in PHP? Fight those zombie interfaces with the faithful WordPress baseball bat back […]

I do(n’t) belong here

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/i-dont-belong-here/. Session Description: Have you been faking it this whole time? Yeah, me too. In this session we’re going to have a heart to heart about what it’s like to experience imposter syndrome and what leads us to put unending pressure on […]

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 […]

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 […]

A survey of WordPress online learning plugins

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/survey-wordpress-online-learning-plugins/. Session Description: Online learning isn’t just for students. It can be a fantastic internal solution for training. But when budgets are tight, custom solutions won’t work. In this talk we’ll look at several plugins that can get you started without needing […]

Don’t Push Rocks Uphill: Deploying WordPress with Capistrano and Composer

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/deploying-wordpress-capistrano-composer/. Session Description: At Lafayette College we were already using git to manage our WordPress multisite networks, but our process depended on a cumbersome submodule-based approach and browser-based upgrades. We ditched all that for an approach based on Capistrano for deployment and […]

Them and us: Using the WordPress REST API to display both public and private content

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/us-using-wordpress-rest-api-display-public-private-content/. Session Description: In higher education, we work with a lot of sensitive information. Even data that’s not federally protected might need to be kept private only to members of a specific faculty group, research center or set of course coordinators. The […]

Tools and approaches for managing content, accessibility and web identity at scale

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/tools-approaches-managing-content-accessibility-web-identity-scale/. Session Description: Universities publish a lot of content on the web! It’s not uncommon for there to be thousands of domains and millions of pages. As a central web group, how do you keep up with it all? This session will […]

Higher Ed WordPress Showcase

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/higher-ed-wordpress-showcase/. Session Description: WPCampus ran a comprehensive survey with 486 respondents answering over 50 questions on how their campus uses WordPress. In November of 2015, University of Colorado shared the result of a 132 university CMS survey. WordPress was overwhelmingly the CMS […]

Showing up: learning how to make a contribution

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/showing-up-learning-how-to-make-a-contribution/. Session Description: Think about the last time you found yourself frustrated when something didn’t work out the way you wanted it to. Perhaps it was a project at work, a challenge in your personal life, or even the result of a […]

Easy, Affordable Digital Signs with WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/easy-affordable-digital-signs-with-wordpress/. Session Description: Learn how to set up low-cost, easy-to-maintain digital signs using WordPress, an HD-TV, and a Chromebit. Greg will demonstrate a custom-built WordPress theme (available on GitHub), as well as present other available options for building digital signs with WordPress. […]

Seven years of framework development at Boston University

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/seven-years-of-framework-development-at-boston-university/. Session Description: The inside look at how the four most terrifying words ever uttered in development history have worked out for Boston University. We’ll cover seven years of successes and lessons learned in framework development, including enforcing brand guidelines in the […]

Shaping User Roles for Higher Education

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/shaping-user-roles-for-higher-education/. Session Description: Creating an optimal experience for a community of WordPress users that have varying levels of expertise is a tough task. It’s made especially harder in higher education by the fact that the community of users which require support can […]

Effectively manage and scale WordPress multisite

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/effectively-manage-and-scale-wordpress-multisite-and-importance-of-insights/. Session Description: Managing or planning to implement a large WordPress Multisite? This session will provide insights as to how we at New York University run and manage our multisite with 5000+ sites. It will cover a few tips and tricks we […]

From Moodle to WordPress: what we learnt and why

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/from-moodle-to-wordpress-what-we-learnt-and-why-we-moved/. Session Description: Ever wondered if WordPress can provide a more powerful end-to-end learning experience than Moodle. In this talk titled; ‘From Moodle to WordPress – what we learnt and why we moved’, I will outline our journey from Moodle to WordPress […]

Empathy and Accessibility for the Web

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/empathy-and-accessibility-for-the-web/. Session Description: We create things on the internet so that people can access our information and, often, so that we can get information from them. Unfortunately, we often overlook difficulties and differences that people have when accessing our content, which is […]

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 […]

The Magic of Teaching Using WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at http://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/the-magic-of-teaching-using-wordpress/. Session Description: Open Learning means no more boring disposable assignments and no more locked-down closed LMS’s. In Open Learning, students become to become creators and publishers, instead of passive receptacles for lecture. WordPress is the magic that enables professors to create […]

BuddyPress and Higher Education

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at http://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/buddypress-higher-education/. Session Description: BuddyPress is a powerful plugin for WordPress, primarily used for adding “social” elements to sites. It has been a silent success in the higher education space and it’s been long overdue for some quality time in the limelight. This […]

WordPress as an LMS

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-as-an-lms/. Session Description: If you’re looking for your first LMS (or starting fresh by leaving an old one behind), the number of choices you have can be overwhelming. But there’s one option you may not have thought of that can be a […]

The Making of a Web Team

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/the-making-of-a-web-team/. Session Description: A year ago our web shop went from two harried full-timers to three full-time staff, one part-timer, a couple interns, and a partnership with another unit. The two people whose idea of communication meant yelling across the hall at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Implementing WordPress in a Drupal Environment

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/learning-from-drupal/. Session Description: A high-level discussion of how WordPress has incorporated itself into a Drupal-centric campus for web development. Let’s chat about how to leverage WordPress and its strengths with a pre-established CMS and culture, how to build trust and value in […]

Learn to Love Documentation

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/learn-love-documentation/. Session Description: You don’t know it yet, but documentation is pretty amazing. Channel your inner educator and get inspired! We’ll talk about the different ways developers and end users try to solve problems, where they look to find information and how […]

Getting to WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/getting-to-wordpress/. Session Description: Getting started with WordPress is easy — unless you got started a long time ago in some other CMS, or Dreamweaver or even (shudder) FrontPage. But you and WordPress can still have a happy relationship despite your baggage! In […]

WordPress ePortfolios

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/wp-portfolios/. Session Description: Has your institution tried an ePortfolio solution that didn’t meet your needs? You’re not alone. Come to this session to learn how we leveraged NYU’s existing university-wide Web Publishing service, powered by WordPress, and how we integrated a scalable […]

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 […]

Helping Faculty Figure Out Where WordPress Fits

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/helping-faculty-figure-wordpress-fits/. Session Description: Today’s college faculty often finds itself overwhelmed, even confused, with the various options placed before them for storing and managing their digital “stuff”. This is especially true in the Community College setting where a majority of our faculty are […]

Techniques, Tools and Resources for Making WordPress Accessible

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/techniques-tools-resources-accessibility/. Session Description: Higher educations should be accessible for all users and making your website accessible does not have to be overwhelming. This session will provide a general overview of Section 508 and W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines and the tools and resources […]

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 […]

Case Study: Using WordPress in our Classes

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/case-study-using-wordpress-classes/. Session Description: We teach web design as part of a full-time arts degree to the University of Toronto at Mississauga students. They learn WordPress as part of their course, but we also use BuddyPress and bbPress for our forums. In addition, […]

JavaScript Applications Powered by WordPress and AngularJS

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/javascript-applications/. Session Description: JavaScript is a powerful language that you can use to do simple UI things like animation to building complex multi view single page applications. I want to focus on a small piece of functionality that you may need built. […]