Speaker Title
10:00 – 10:45 EST Curtiss Grymala from The importance of WordPress in Higher Education.
Online Meeting 10-10:45 EST
After Party 11-11:45 EST
“According to BuiltWith, WordPress is used on nearly 51% of the top million sites on the Web; nearly three times as much as Joomla and Drupal combined. According to W3Tech, WordPress is used on more than 58% of websites that use a CMS; it is used on nearly 19% of the Web overall (including sites that are not using a CMS).” (From WP-Engine). From student and faculty blogging to school websites to large scalable content management systems, this talk will explore how WordPress is used in a variety of situations at many different schools.
11:00 – 11:45 EST Nick Skriloff Load testing your application.
Online Meeting 11-11:45 EST
No After Party For Nick Skriloff Until Lunch
This session begins with a horror story of when a system could not handle the load. With so many students looking at your WordPress site, speed is critical to success. This session will show you how to load test your website, measure speed and do it on a consistent basis.
12:00 – 12:45 EST Dave Moody from Managing the life cycle of plugins and themes (finding good ones, checking the code behind them and cleaning them up)
Online Meeting 12-12:45 EST
After Party 1-1:45 EST

What the !$#% was this plugin for anyway?! How many instances of WordPress do I have running again? Which are Multi-site and which are stand-alone? Maintaining a sustainable WordPress Multisite install. Plugins and themes offer exciting possibilities, but too many can equal too much excitement, especially in Multisite. We’ll discuss best practices to promote stability and ease of upgrading, while supporting user needs. We’ll also share tips on cleaning up WordPress, based on our experience of weeding plugins and themes, and on taking advantage of 3.9′s nifty new features.
1:00 – 2:00 EST Lunch
If you want to stick around and talk ( Lunch Party 1-1:45 EST)
2:00 – 2:45 EST Ronnie Burt from Faculty Sites On WordPress
Online Meeting 2-2:45 EST
Slides has helped over 2 million educators since 2005. Ronnie will share with us a case study on how to implement faculty sites on WordPress with a backdrop of best practices for managing faculty users.
Clint Lalonde and Brad Payne from Textbook Publishing with PressBooks
Online Meeting 2-2:45 EST
BCcampus is currently working on creating & adapting a number of open textbooks for the BC higher education system. We have been using a WordPress plugin called PressBooks to develop and publish a number of the textbooks. I’d be happy to talk about setting up & using PressBooks, and a number of the enhancements we are making to the PressBooks plugin to make it more suitable for publishing open textbooks.
3:00 – 3:45 EST Dave Moody from and Ronnie Burt from Single Sign-on between WordPress and other sites plus deciding how to host your WordPress site
Online Meeting 3-3:45 EST

Users like to only sign in once across multiple applications. This talk will cover how to do Single Sign-on between WordPress and other sites at your institution. In addition it will cover how to decide the best hosting options for your WordPress instance. It will also cover how university medical schools can utilize WordPress.
Erica Osher Reifer From Pilot to Production: Rolling out a university wide WP

Online Meeting 3-3:45 EST

Description: Test, analyze, refine, and repeat. Embracing the iterative design process has greatly improved and shaped the new WordPress Service at New York University. The iterative design process helps you step back from the details and the “making” process and instead forces you to look at the larger goal and the steps necessary to accomplish it. Some of the areas that this presentation will address are: Identifying key gaps in the current landscape of services, gathering user requirements from stakeholder groups, and applying User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) testing principles. This talk will share the lessons learned during each of the key stages of our WordPress pilot and how that has informed and shaped our new university wide service.
4:00 – 4:45 EST Joe Casabona The Dean wants these WordPress sites to be Responsive
Online Meeting 4-4:45 EST
After Party 5-5:45 EST

Suppose the dean comes to you and says I need this website to look good on tablets and phones. What do you do? I will go over some of the core content from my book, Responsive Design with WordPress, which teaches you how to leverage WordPress to get the most out of responsive design, implement best practices, automate important processes, and make your life easier overall.
5:00 – 5:45 EST Paul Hibbitts Designing a Multi-device WordPress Course Site: A Case Study
Online Meeting 5-5:45 EST
After Party 6-6:30 EST

Regardless of the device ― smartphone, desktop, tablet ―today’s networked learners deserve a great user experience. Based on his first-hand experience of creating multi-device course companions for both his university and continuing studies courses, Paul will guide you through some of his key learner experience design insights and approaches. During the session he will also provide a guided tour of a multi-device WordPress 3.6 implementation for his university course on user interface design at Simon Fraser University, publicly available at
6:00 – 6:30 EST Group Discussion Biggest issues you are facing using WordPress in Higher Education
Online Meeting 6-6:30 EST
This will be a large group discussion/panel designed to generate ideas for solutions to the biggest issues facing your school.

Mentors Available

  • Tim McDaniels A professional WordPress developer will be available to answer questions

2 thoughts on “Schedule

    Robert Vidrine said:
    May 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Please note that the Eventbrite confirmation email says that the conference is 9:00-5:00 PDT, which would make the conference 12:00pm-8:00pm EST. I trust that this schedule on your site is the authoritative one. Just a head’s up…

      skriloff responded:
      May 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Great point Robert. Thanks. I have updated the EventBrite ticket to be 10 AM – 6:30 PM EST

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s