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Reflections of a Core Contributor After Teaching Self-Publishing to University Students

December 07, 2018

Reflections of a Core Contributor After Teaching Self-Publishing to University Students

Slides from my talk at WordCamp US 2018
In the day and age where “posting something” has become an everyday affair to many, with so many different choices in software, tools and platforms — what does it mean to choose WordPress as a publishing tool teaching material in Higher Education? How easy or difficult do students find? What can contributors learn from it?

I have been working at a university for over seven years as a staff (in-house webmaster/developer), but never thought of teaching the students. This summer, I had an opportunity to co-teach undergraduate art students about online self-publishing using WordPress.

I have been contributing to WordPress over a decade, and I would like to share my experiences and thoughts in teaching, from a contributor’s point-of-view.


December 07, 2018

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  2. Toru Miki • WordPress: 13+ years • WordCamp Tokyo 2011

    lead organizer • WordCamps, Meetups, translations, Core • Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ): 7 years • Junior Webmaster
  3. At WordCamp Tokyo 2017 Shinya B Watanabe: 
 Art Professor

    at TUJ “Would you be interested in teaching? There is an art class which involves WordPress …”
  4. Art2605 - Internet Imaging • “This class explores the internet

    as a tool for artistic expression. Students learn how to utilize internet within the context of an exploration of the uses of the internet as an art medium.” • Learn “What” and “How” of online self-publication • Promotion of their art work, and beyond • Learn technical aspects of using digital images on the web
  5. Students were… • Comfortable with the “Web” • OK with

    HTML/CSS, semantics, and web technology basics • But CSS layout was difficult • “Reasonably aware” of security risks • Found programming to be difficult
  6. Customizer is Great! • Easy to use • “Widgets” —

    self-explanatory • In the “community”, often overlooked how helpful this feature is
  7. –David Bisset. Gutenberg And Youth (“Generation Z”).
 http://davidbisset.com/gutenberg-and-youth-generation-x-and-generation-y/ “Those especially

    new to WordPress (young or old) or those younger even with a little bit of experience with WordPress tend to favor Gutenberg in a positive light. When I say younger I am counting Generation X and Y (anyone younger than 30, let’s say).”
  8. University is Internationally Diverse • 7 students, 5+ languages •

    “Can I translate from Japanese to Taiwanese?” • Language classes — always looking for opportunities to put their language skills to practice • Tap into your local university! Translation contribution day at local WordPress Meetup
  9. Inspire, Inspire, and Inspire! • WordPress community has many life

    changing “personal” stories • Four guest lecturers • How self-publishing changed their life and career • How self-publishing has helped output of creative works • How self-publishing has help with self- branding, and leading to extra earnings
  10. If use of WordPress has a role in education —

    for students to be introduced, study, and to get inspired about self-publishing — then isn’t this “Democratize publishing” as well? *Regardless of whether students continue to use WordPress or not