Speakers

The call for speakers has closed. Thank you to all who submitted! Selected presenters will be notified by May 15.

WPCampus 2020 Online will host case studies, how-tos, conceptual discussions, best practices, demos, and more for our online conference focused on WordPress in Higher Education.

WordPress, higher education, and accessibility are key themes but our program will focus on a variety of topics that bring value to our community: accessibility, design, development, strategy, management, usability, governance, etc.

The intended audiences will include faculty, students, developers, site designers, DevOps/sysadmins, content developers, instructional designers, marketing specialists, admissions personnel, and institutional leaders.

Session Formats

Over the years, we’ve continued to experiment with our program and aim to provide a variety of formats:

  • General lecture sessions
    • 45-minute lectures on various topics with 1-2 presenters.
  • Panel discussions
    • 45-minute discussion on a specific topic with a facilitator and a panel of experts.
  • Virtual workshops
    • A few 2-4 hour hands-on workshop time slots are available.
    • Workshops will be held a day early.
    • We are still discussing and experimenting with how we might organize online workshops.
  • Lightning talks
    • A 10-15 minute presentation for a quick overview of a specific topic.

Session Topics

Here are a few of the topics we generally host at our events. Looking for more inspiration? Visit the WPCampus Library

Why WordPress?

  • Why choose WordPress over commercial or other open-source CMSs?
  • How do you pitch WordPress to management?
  • Overcoming biases: it’s just for blogging, it’s insecure, etc.
  • Case studies displaying why WordPress was the right fit for your university
  • How to deal with the bureaucracy of using open-source software in higher education

Content and Planning

  • Higher ed content strategy and WordPress
  • Institutional messaging
  • WordPress and the ecosystem of other enterprise systems
  • Promoting faculty, research or community engagement
  • Accessibility
  • Politics/support
  • Testing
  • Getting projects launched
  • Planning and change management
  • Getting buy-in
  • Why WordPress?

Operations

  • Multisite
  • Infrastructure
  • Security
  • Server-based security
  • Securing your sites
  • Code auditing
  • Login integration with enterprise systems or LMS
  • Who does what?

Instruction

  • Technology in education
  • Connected courses
  • Domain of One’s Own Projects
  • Open learning
  • Professional development
  • Teaching with WordPress
  • Student and/or class blogs and portfolios
  • Textbook and course materials replacement/delivery
  • MOOCs and syndicated courses
  • Faculty blogs and portfolios
  • ePortfolios

Development

  • Developing WordPress themes and plugins for higher education
  • Evaluating free and commercial themes and plugins for education use
  • Applications and APIs
  • Accessibility and usability
  • Public distribution and privacy/security concerns

Being Human

  • Staying happy and healthy
  • Communication and community involvement
  • Managing open source contributions within/alongside in-house projects
  • Dealing with conflict in open-source spaces
  • Hiring WordPress developers when you aren’t one
  • Mental health, imposter syndrome, burnout
Login to WordPress