About the conference

WPCampus 2020 Online is an online conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators, and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education.

The event will take place July 29-31, 2020. The event was rescheduled from its initial dates.

The three-day online conference will include a variety of formats, including general lectures, lightning talks, longer-form sessions like workshops, and more. We aim to expand upon our previous online events to provide more options for interaction and learning within a virtual space.

Status of the event

WPCampus 2020 has pivoted to an online conference due to COVID-19 and re-scheduled to convene in New Orleans for WPCampus 2021. We are extremely grateful that Tulane University IT in New Orleans has agreed to continue to be our in-person venue sponsor. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

As part of our planning, the WPCampus community is going to re-design the WPCampus 2020 Online website. Beginning in April, we are going to blog about the process, which will include our research and insight into the technical specifics needed to host an online conference.

Subscribe to to our blog updates to follow along with the WPCampus 2020 Online re-design.

Visit the WPCampus conferences page to learn more about our previous conferences: WPCampus 2019 (in Portland, Oregon), WPCampus 2018 (in St. Louis, Missouri), WPCampus 2016 (in Sarasota, Florida), WPCampus 2017 (in Buffalo, New York), and our annual virtual conference, WPCampus Online.

Visit the WPCampus Learning Library to view recordings of sessions from previous WPCampus events.

What to expect

WPCampus is a three-day online conference event. It will cover a variety of topics, all focused on the growth of Higher Education, Accessibility, WordPress, and its people.

View the schedule to learn what you can expect for the event.

How to attend the online event

Attending WPCampus 2020 Online will be as simple as visiting the WPCampus 2020 online website.

Registration will be required to access the online event. Registration will be a simple online form that will go online before the event and will remain open throughout the event.

We will provide live captioning for all conference programming.

Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when registration opens.

How much will the event cost?

We anticipate that registration will be free of charge with an optional donation made to our organization.

We will let you know if our situation changes due to budget and sponsorship.

Who will be there?

Members of the Higher Education, Accessibility, and WordPress communities from all over the globe. We welcome faculty, staff, students, and professionals dedicated to Accessibility and Higher Education.

Why WPCampus?

Thus far, there have been numerous niche WordPress conferences aiming toward for-profit initiatives and geared toward businesses, marketers, or eCommerce site owners. The concept for WPCampus is an education-focused, non-profit event that will allow people to share and learn about WordPress in the world of Higher Education.

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 the 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.

WPCampus members are using WordPress to power learning management systems, intranets, large university websites, and whatever else is needed to support their institution.

The world of higher ed is a great candidate for utilizing WordPress to its full potential, whether it’s using the powerful CMS to stretch limited resources or using its API capabilities to share information and break down silos.

How WPCampus began

This conference (and community) is the brainchild of Rachel Cherry, a web engineer with a passion for all things WordPress and higher education. She loves going to WordCamps but there was never content focused on the topics she wanted to discuss as a higher education web specialist. The idea for the conference all started with a tweet in August 2015 and has since formed into a widespread community of over 1000 members and 7 conferences.

How to get involved

If you are not already a member of the WPCampus community, we invite you to follow @wpcampusorg on Twitter and visit the main WPCampus site to learn more about how to get involved. We have a thriving Slack channel and would love to have you join the conversation.

WPCampus events are not WordCamps and are not affiliated with the WordPress Foundation.

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