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Challenges and Opportunities with WordPress in Higher Ed

Challenges and Opportunities with WordPress in Higher Ed

Where: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Campus Center
First Floor Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA.
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When: Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:00am - 3:00pm
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am

Workshop Organizer:  Trip Kirkpatrick of Yale University

Registration Fee:
Early-bird rate prior to January 16th - $123.25 (15% discount)
Rate January 16 and after - $145

Non Member:
Early-bird rate prior to January 16th- $246.50 (15% discount)
Rate January 16 and after - $290

The registration fee includes am break and lunch.

Event Overview
Does your university use WordPress — for the main website, for course blogging, for faculty? If so, you have probably seen great benefits as well as significant challenges.

Fortunately, you're not alone! WordPress runs 35% of the world's websites with 40% of US 4-year higher education institutions using it on their official site. That's pretty impressive for software created for personal blogging!

It's 16 years old, used all over the world (with full or partial translations into 192 languages), and smells a lot like commodity software. It's not as powerful as Drupal, not as hip as Slack, not as purpose-built for academia as Omeka or Scalar. So why is it still here?

Join us and hear from WordPress experts on their continued interest in and challenges with WordPress across a wide range of areas, from accessibility to security.

Session Outcomes:
- Learn about ways to improve accessibility for WordPress that go beyond regulatory compliance.
- Familiarize yourself with the possibilities for using WordPress as a first-step digital image management system for faculty and student research.
- Understand how to find, manage, and phase out or replace plugins to enable creative academic uses of WordPress without promising people the stars.


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