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  1. Rachel Carden

    Thanks for the great follow up, Jeff. Anyone in higher ed doesn’t need a survey to tell you that the 2 biggest hindrances for WordPress in higher ed are security and scalability. I’m going to talk to the WPCampus community about brainstorming a few ways to help ease institutions away from these common misconceptions.

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  2. Joel James

    Jeff, I think the link to WPCampus in this article is wrong (but correct actually). It is going through Google search, instead of direct link. Just saying.

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  3. Raúl Antón Cuadrado

    It’s true it’s disappointing to find those common misconceptions are there.

    But it’s even more true education is sometimes -yes, sadly- a really firm structure against changes. Just an example: imagine a Ph.D. thesis talking about using WordPress.com in education with lots of examples, work field, and even a stunning online site to be reused by other teachers. You should constraint that to a printed old-fashioned impossible-to-read book-like thesis. :)

    (I remember a nice post from A. Spittle related to that: http://andrewspittle.com/2009/11/22/my-case-for-moving-beyond-a-printed-senior-thesis/)

    A huge methodology and conceptual change must take place in the educational world, involving learning communities, horizontalization, and openness to support efforts like the introduction of WordPress.

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  4. Joseph Dickson

    The results are pretty informative. Many of the respondents to Question 9 are using Multisite.

    I wish I could be there. Sadly their live stream required MIcrosoft Siliverlight to watch. Which I just won’t bother to install.

    If organizers from WPCampus reads this. Please don’t DRM a live stream when it’s not necessary I’m sure it hindered your viewership of the event.

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    • Rachel Carden

      Hi Joseph! We understand Silverlight was a little frustrating but as the livestream was provided by the university, this requirement was out of WPCampus’s control. Thankfully, only 1 of the 3 session streams required Silverlight so it wasn’t too big of an issue. Also, all session recordings will be archived on the WPCampus website in the near future so, if you missed any presentations via the stream, you’ll be able to check them out soon. Thanks for your feedback!

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  5. Jess Planck

    Thanks for the great summary, Jeff! I couldn’t make WPCampus this year and barely got a chance to snoop on a few live stream presentations. A nice reminder for sessions I missed!

    As one of those respondents who’s been running WordPress in higher education for over a decade, I wasn’t too surprised by the results. Higher education is definitely it’s own market ecosystem, so it sadly requires that sort of hand-holding extra attention. A kinda weird idea in relation to the mission of eduction itself. I actually see it as bit of an improvement from where I started. Enterprise in higher ed was so “Enterprise” that PHP was considered a poor choice, but now more open source projects are considered appropriate common solutions.

    Pain in the arse to make time to stay involved these days, but I’ll be talking about using WordPress for over 10 years in higher eduction at WordCamp New Orleans on August 13, 2016 https://2016.nola.wordcamp.org.

    I hope WPCampus builds on this success and hopefully I can attend next year!

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