Building a Community of Academics Using Multi-Sites & Multi-Networks – WordCamp A2 2014

I’m speaking this Saturday, Oct 4, 2104, at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2014.  Here’s the teaser from the schedule:

In developing an online voice, higher education faculty face many challenges and a distinct lack of institutional support. Yet there is an enormous opportunity to improve student learning, improve faculty productivity, and reduce costs for faculty through WordPress and related technologies.

Malartu Inc is a non-profit project launched in Michigan to help provide WordPress sites and technologies to higher ed faculty. After a couple of years of planning and experimentation, the project is launching its first sites in summer 2014 using a WP multi-site/multi-network installation. A BuddyPress/Commons-in-a-Box implementation is added to develop a social network space for collaboration within and between schools.

This session will explore the challenges, benefits, and risks of creating a multi-user / mulit-site community with social network features. The presentation is oriented towards: anyone in higher education and power users/developers interested in multi-site.

I’m talking about my recent experiences with my new project, Malartu Inc., a non-profit organization for creating social and web-based technology to help higher education professors be more effective and more productive – especially the legions of professors at teaching schools or that are adjunct.

Here are the slides:

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

10 Things I Learned At WordCamp This Summer

I’m speaking at the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, Sept 21, 2014, and shockingly, I’ve got my slide deck ready well before time!

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Links for more info:.

  1. Brute Protect:  https://bruteprotect.com/
  2. WP Multi-Networks Plugin:  https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-multi-network/
  3. Future of WordPress Updates:  http://wordpress.tv/2014/06/30/andrew-nacin-advanced-topics-in-wordpress-development/
  4. P2 theme:  http://wordpress.org/themes/p2
  5. API-JSON:  http://wptavern.com/json-rest-api-slated-for-wordpress-4-1-release
  6. Desktop Server from ServerPress:  http://serverpress.com/products/desktopserver/
  7. WordPress Philosophy:  http://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/
  8. ChalkPress:
  9. Making Presentations in/with WordPress:  Other plugin and theme presentation options include:
    1. Jetpack Presentation Shortcode http://en.support.wordpress.com/presentations/
      1. You can see a demo of the Jetpack Presentation Shortcode, including underlying code, at http://bluelotusworks.com/organizing-the-wordpress-backoffice-eight-plugins-that-help/
    2. 3D Presentation http://wordpress.org/plugins/3d-presentation/
    3. HTML5 Slideshow Presentations http://wordpress.org/plugins/html5-slideshow-presentations/
    4. Post Presentations http://wordpress.org/plugins/post-presentations/

Bonus:  Year Without Pants

CAA May 2014 – Economics of Intergenerational Transfers

I’m speaking to today to the Council on Action for Aging at Henry Ford Senior Living Village. I’ll be talking about the economics of intergenerational transfers and how, contrary to the views put forth in much of the news media, the Social Security system is actually doing quite well and “will be there” when even the youngest among us retire.

HLC 2014 – Effective Strategic Planning for Disruptive and Challenging Times

Higher education is facing some very interesting time – challenging and disruptive times. Although virtually all colleges and universities engage in strategic planning, the way they approach strategic planning is ill-suited to the when markets, stakeholders, students, technology, and regulations are changing as rapidly and predictably as they are now. In effect, there’s too much plan and not enough strategy in higher education strategic planning.

My presentation today to HLC 2014 conference (embedded) and more summary below the fold. Continue reading