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Challenges and Opportunities with WordPress in Higher Ed

7:30am - 9:00am   Registration and Coffee

9:00am - 9:15am   Introduction

9.15am – 10:00am   What’s Up with Headless WordPress?
Speaker: Trip Kirkpatrick, Digital Scholarship Technologist, Yale University

The standard model for WordPress is a joined back end and front end. What if they got separated on the way to the browser? What if you wanted to get the speed of a static site with the editorial workflow of a database-driven site? Welcome to headless WordPress, a radical but possible world.

10.05am – 10.50am   Let’s Talk About Accessibility
Speaker:  Alyssa Marinaccio, Academic Technologist, Wesleyan University

A look at the current state of accessibility in WordPress. What’s good, what’s not, and what you can do about it.

10.55am - 11.40am   WordPress as a Versatile Institutional Repository Front-End: Philosophy, Design, Code, and Technical Debt
Speaker:  Patrick Murray-John, Associate Director for Systems, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University

This presentation will explore and reflect on the decisions made in updating a WordPress plugin to address cataloging needs, presentation needs, and the attendant development requirements for many WordPress sites drawing on content in Northeastern University's digital repository.

11.45am – 12.45pm   Lunch

12.45pm – 1.30pm   From Neglected to Nurtured: The Rapid Transformation of our WordPress Environment
Speaker:  Michael McGlynn, Associate Director, Web & Interactive, Wheaton College

How Wheaton transformed a neglected and out of control WordPress website into a manageable and high performance marketing tool in 2 years.

1.30pm – 2.15pm   Managing Your Research Data in WordPress
Speaker:  Pam Patterson, Digital Scholarship Technologist, Yale University Library

While WordPress acts as a communications channel for most, we’ve found ways researchers can use its database and GUI to contain certain kinds of research data and facilitate shared data management. Hear some case studies of how to help get people off their individual desktops and into a collaborative, adaptable space.

2:15pm - 3:00pm   Open Discussion and Wrap-Up

3:00pm   End



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