Integrating WordPress with the Academic Enterprise

NERCOMP Event: WordPress in the Liberal Arts Thursday, September 15, 2011

11:15am – 12:30pm Panel: Customizing WordPress for Academia: Theme & Plugin Development

Our interest in this session is to demystify the process of customizing for use across campus. We hope to break the barrier of “the code” in terms of themes and plug-in creation as to allow faculty and technologists to dig deeper into what can be possible in WordPress.

Integrating WordPress with the Academic Enterprise

Panelist: Alex Chapin, Principal Curricular Technologist Middlebury College

Presentation Slides

Middlebury College is integrating its academic and administrative systems to enable the creation of curricular resources and activities across a number of platforms including WordPress, Moodle, MediaWiki and Drupal. WordPress @ Middlebury has been configured to enable it to be used for courses with plugins for assigning roles to class members, controlling access to course sites and managing media. Middlebury has also developed a theme framework for generating a wide range of themes with flexible layouts, consistent interfaces and configurable default widgets. Finally, Middlebury is developing templates for various types of sites including those for courses, projects and initiatives.

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