WordPress in Education Case Study: Tufts University

 

@rafiki_rafi

 

WordCamp Denver 2015

About Me

From: Massachusetts

Moved to CO for this:

Live in Boulder now

Plugins:

Work:

Professionally:

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

ceeo.tufts.edu

Researcher & developer: 2010 - 2013

Custom Code

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Hosting

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Multiple LMS

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Expensive

State of things:

New Project, New Opportunities

Online collaborative space for:

 

Teachers, Researchers, Students

novelengineering.org

UX/UI Spectrum Experience/Challenges

Steep learning curve, (probably) crappy UI & UX

Super-customizable, feature rich. Only tech-savvy people please!

Super simple, beautiful UI. Easy to use.

Frustratingly simple, not enough customization.

Engineer

Researchers

Teachers

Students

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Advantages/disadvantages of WordPress:

2010 Dashboard

Research existing tech

SmartPost Templates

Tries to solves ease of use / UI problem

SmartPost Video Demo

Leverage Plugins for better UX

Registration Plus Redux

Give your users (students, teachers) purpose

Nice UI isn't enough

Students can vote on each other's submissions:

mindstorms.dreschallenges.com

Overview

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Use multi-site for rapid prototyping

Tufts CEEO sites using WP

Over 1,400 sessions/mo just for Dr. E's

More than ~10 countries involved

Take Aways:

 

1. Know your users. Make it easy for them to use your site.

 

2. Give users (teachers & students) purpose & incentive.

 

3. Use plugins & existing features to expedite dev of your site.

 

4. Use the WordPress community to expand your knowledge-base.

Thank You!

@rafiki_rafi

 

ceeo.tufts.edu

sptemplates.org

WordPress in Education: Tufts University

By Rafi Yagudin

WordPress in Education: Tufts University

WordCamp 2015 Presentation: https://denver.wordcamp.org/2015/session/wordpress-in-education-case-study-tufts-university/

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