Schedule

The schedule is subject to change. All sessions, excluding workshops, will be recorded and live-streamed for free. Registration is required to watch the stream.

All times are listed in the following timezone:

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

1:00 pm (CDT) 2:00 pm
1:00 - 2:00 pm (CDT)

Registration opens

Welcome workshop attendees! Don't forget to check in at the registration table and get your conference badge and t-shirt. Not attending a workshop? You can also use this time to check in to the conference.

2:00 pm (CDT) 6:00 pm
2:00 - 6:00 pm (CDT)

Workshops

The main conference takes place on days two and three. On day one, we kick things off with workshops! Giving workshops their own day allow us to dive deeper and spend more time on important topics. We charge extra for workshops ($50) to cover the facility costs and a snack break. Registration is required to attend a workshop. Workshops are for in-person attendees only and will not be live-streamed.

2:00 - 6:00 pm (CDT)

Accessibility Testing

Hands-on Workshop
Amber Hinds

Who is this session for?

Developers, content creators, people interested in accessibility

2:00 - 6:00 pm (CDT)

Cozying up to chaos and other life lessons: Getting started with governance in higher ed

Hands-on Workshop
Shelley Keith-Panulla
Robin Smail

Who is this session for?

Strategists, leadership, army-of-one types

2:00 - 6:00 pm (CDT)

Modern WordPress Building Techniques: Full Site Editing in Higher Ed

Hands-on Workshop
Nick Diego

Who is this session for?

Website builders, maintainers

6:00 pm (CDT) 6:30 pm
6:00 - 6:30 pm (CDT)

30-minute break

6:30 pm (CDT) 8:30 pm
6:30 - 8:30 pm (CDT)

Welcome reception (in person only)

After the workshops are complete, join us for our welcome reception! All registered attendees (and +1s) are welcome to attend. If you’re looking to have dinner with new friends, join us for a drink and appetizers, and then head out on the town!

Thursday, July 13, 2023

7:30 am (CDT) 8:30 am
7:30 - 8:30 am (CDT)

Registration opens - visit with attendees, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast

Welcome to the first full day of the conference! Don't forget to check in at the registration table and get your conference badge and t-shirt. We will also provide light morning refreshments. Get here early to grab a table, eat a few bites, and visit with other attendees.

8:30 am (CDT) 9:00 am
8:30 - 9:00 am (CDT)

Opening remarks

Join conference organizers for helpful information about the event and how to make the most of your time.

9:00 am (CDT) 9:45 am
9:00 - 9:45 am (CDT)

Lightning talks

Join us for a quick overview of Chat-GPT, ActivityPub, passkeys, and transitioning from Drupal to WordPress. Lightning talks are a great way to learn about new topics.

2:00 - 2:45 pm (CDT)

Transitioning Our Campus Portal from Drupal to WordPress

Lightning Talk
James Nicnick

Who is this session for?

Developers, instructional technologists, and website content managers

2:00 - 2:45 pm (CDT)

Passwords are Broken, but Passkeys are Coming to Save Us

Lightning Talk
Kathy Zant

Who is this session for?

Anyone

2:00 - 2:45 pm (CDT)

Building a large-scale, decentralized academic social network with WordPress and ActivityPub

Lightning Talk
Bonnie Russell

Who is this session for?

Project directors, product managers, project managers, researchers

2:00 - 2:45 pm (CDT)

Better Content Governance with Chat-GPT

Lightning Talk
Nathan Wallace

Who is this session for?

Content Strategists, Marketing Leads, Writers, Web Content Editors

9:45 am (CDT) 10:00 am
9:45 - 10:00 am (CDT)

15-minute break

10:00 am (CDT) 10:45 am
10:00 - 10:45 am (CDT)

Collaborative Writing in Higher Ed and Getting Ready for Gutenberg Phase 3

Panel Discussion
Ed Beck
Apurva Ashok
Shelley Keith-Panulla
Nick Diego

Who is this session for?

Content Creators and those interested in a preview and discussion of Phase 3 of Gutenberg.

10:45 am (CDT) 11:00 am
10:45 - 11:00 am (CDT)

15-minute break

11:00 am (CDT) 11:45 am
11:00 - 11:45 am (CDT)

Supporting Diversity: Case Study in the Design and Development of Multi-Cultural and Multi-Lingual Courses

General Lecture Session
Helen Lee
Melanie Meyers

Who is this session for?

Instructional designers and content developers who use WordPress or LearnDash as an online training tool. Anyone who is interested in creating diverse and inclusive learning experiences for different cultural community members.

12:00 pm (CDT) 1:30 pm
12:00 - 1:30 pm (CDT)

Lunch

1:30 pm (CDT) 2:15 pm
1:30 - 2:15 pm (CDT)

Providing a Homegrown Accessibility Training without Reinventing the Wheel

Susan Blair

Who is this session for?

People in the accessibility realm that are looking to provide accessibility training to content managers

1:30 - 2:15 pm (CDT)

From Classic to Blocks in 90 Days?

General Lecture Session
Daniel Tyger
Tom O'Donnell

Who is this session for?

Campus Web managers, marketing teams, multisite users, content managers, plugin developers

2:15 pm (CDT) 2:30 pm
2:15 - 2:30 pm (CDT)

15-minute break

2:30 pm (CDT) 3:15 pm
2:30 - 3:15 pm (CDT)

WordPress User Roles Revisited

Steve Ryan

Who is this session for?

Developers and site administrators. There will be some technical content, but the level of expertise required to understand the concepts of roles and permissions isn't high.

2:30 - 3:15 pm (CDT)

Development of a No-Code Theme for Teaching Full Site Editing to Beginning WordPress Students

General Lecture Session
Drake Gómez

Who is this session for?

Higher education faculty in design-related fields

3:15 pm (CDT) 4:00 pm
3:15 - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Snack break - Time to visit with Sponsors

4:00 pm (CDT) 4:45 pm
4:00 - 4:45 pm (CDT)

I’d buy that for a dollar! Building enterprise WordPress on a shoestring budget

Mark Oppenneer

Who is this session for?

Folks considering WordPress for enterprise on a budget

4:00 - 4:45 pm (CDT)

A College Case Study: WordPress Portfolio Creation by Undergraduate Digital Media Majors

General Lecture Session
Rachel Urbanowicz

Who is this session for?

Anyone who instructs students in WordPress and/or other digital media topics will benefit, as well as anyone interested in creating a portfolio website using WordPress full-site editing.

4:45 pm (CDT) 5:00 pm
4:45 - 5:00 pm (CDT)

15-minute break

5:00 pm (CDT) 5:45 pm
5:00 - 5:45 pm (CDT)

Accessibility tools in higher education

Panel Discussion
Blake Bertuccelli-Booth
Amber Hinds
John Jameson
Gavin Colborne
Robin Smail
5:00 - 5:45 pm (CDT)

Destination Full-Site Editing: All the Steps Monmouth University Took to Prepare for the Future of WordPress

General Lecture Session
Steve Graboski

Who is this session for?

Web developers who design plugins and themes for their institutions.

6:00 pm (CDT) 8:30 pm
6:00 - 8:30 pm (CDT)

Dinner on your own

8:30 pm (CDT) 11:00 pm
8:30 - 11:00 pm (CDT)

Game night (in person only)

After sessions, enjoy dinner with friends and then gather for game night! The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. The first took place in 2018 and was home to the creation of our beloved mascot, Truck Sheep.

Friday, July 14, 2023

8:00 am (CDT) 9:00 am
8:00 - 9:00 am (CDT)

Visit with attendees, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast

Welcome to the second and last full day of the conference. Get here early to grab a table, eat a few bites, and visit with other attendees.

9:00 am (CDT) 9:45 am
9:00 - 9:45 am (CDT)

Community chat with WPCampus President David Dashifen Kees

Community Chat
David Dashifen Kees

Who is this session for?

Everyone!

9:45 am (CDT) 10:00 am
9:45 - 10:00 am (CDT)

15-minute break

10:00 am (CDT) 10:45 am
10:45 am (CDT) 11:00 am
10:45 - 11:00 am (CDT)

15-minute break

11:00 am (CDT) 11:45 am
11:00 - 11:45 am (CDT)

Belonging in WordPress

General Lecture Session
Michelle Frechette

Who is this session for?

Everyone

12:00 pm (CDT) 1:30 pm
12:00 - 1:30 pm (CDT)

Lunch

1:30 pm (CDT) 2:15 pm
1:30 - 2:15 pm (CDT)

Building User Friendly Admin Dashboards

Steel Wagstaff
Michelle Weremczuk

Who is this session for?

UX researchers, people who run large multisite networks, anyone trying to provide a customized experience for WP users on their campus

1:30 - 2:15 pm (CDT)

Getting to know your environment: reflections on self-hosting and an AWS migration

General Lecture Session
Charles Fulton
Andy Zito

Who is this session for?

System administrators, infrastructure folks, developers

2:15 pm (CDT) 2:30 pm
2:15 - 2:30 pm (CDT)

15-minute break

2:30 pm (CDT) 3:15 pm
2:30 - 3:15 pm (CDT)

How to extend wp-cli for fame and fortune

Paul Gilzow

Who is this session for?

Programmer/Developers

2:30 - 3:15 pm (CDT)

Make it your own: Integrating Twig templates with your WordPress block theme

Joni Halabi

Who is this session for?

This talk is intended for intermediate to advanced WordPress developers. Familiarity with block and/or theme creation will be extremely helpful, but not required.

3:15 pm (CDT) 4:00 pm
3:15 - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Snack break - Time to visit with Sponsors

4:00 pm (CDT) 4:45 pm
4:00 - 4:45 pm (CDT)

University of Mary WordPress: a Small, Public Liberal Arts Love Affair

General Lecture Session
Jim Groom
Lauren Hanks
Meredith Fierro

Who is this session for?

This is probably relevant to most folks working with WordPress in higher ed given it is a bit of history and context

4:00 - 4:45 pm (CDT)

Developing a design system within the block editor

Nick Novak

Who is this session for?

Anyone working in WordPress and developing a design system, wanting to start a design system or maintaining a design system. Web managers who are looking to develop a design system with WordPress for their teams may also benefit from this talk.

4:45 pm (CDT) 5:00 pm
4:45 - 5:00 pm (CDT)

15-minute break

5:00 pm (CDT) 5:45 pm
5:00 - 5:45 pm (CDT)

Closing remarks

Be sure to stick around for closing remarks for the chance to win some awesome door prizes and play a fun round of trivia!

7:00 pm (CDT) 11:00 pm
7:00 - 11:00 pm (CDT)

After party, WPCampus style (in person only)

Get ready to party like it's 2023! After a day of learning and networking, it's time to let loose and have some fun! Connect with fellow attendees, meet new friends, and dance and sing the night away. This is the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the vibrant culture of New Orleans with food, a traditional New Orleans jazz band, and karaoke!

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Event Safety and Responsibility

We are committed to providing a safer environment for conference attendees, especially with regard to community and public health, and have implemented Event Safety and Responsibility policies for the 2023 conference at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Code of Conduct

WPCampus seeks to provide a friendly, safe environment. All participants should be able to engage in productive dialogue. They should share and learn with each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We require all participants to adhere to our Code of Conduct. This applies to all community interactions and events.

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