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

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am (CDT) (UTC-05:00)
Location: Room 1
Format: Panel Discussion

Who is this session for?

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

Session description

Whether you are building a website or an OER textbook, the writing process is collaborative. WordPress has announced the start of Phase 3 of Gutenberg, promising to foster seamless collaboration, tie together the user experience, and streamline the content management flows to improve how creators and teams work together within WordPress.

After an introduction by Nick Diego, a Developer Advocate from Automattic and a WordPress Core Contributor on the next phase of Gutenberg, our other panelists will join him to talk about collaboration in Higher Ed. Shelley Keith-Panulla, Director of Web & Digital Experience at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business will talk about content debt in enterprise environments and how workflows and a new governance plugin are keeping authors accountable for up-to-date or evergreen content. The plugin enables page goal tracking & revision notes, triggers reminder emails, and provides reports on outdated content. From another Higher Ed perspective, Apurva Ashok, Executive Director of the Rebus Foundation will speak about the workflows of writing, editing, reviewing, and publishing open textbooks.

There are multiple phases of collaboration with different needs at each step. While both of these use cases involve collaboration, they will require different collaborative features from WordPress if they intend to integrate their work into the CMS. This discussion will highlight possibilities and desired features.


Ed Beck

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Open & Online Learning Specialist, SUNY Oneonta

Ed has been working in the Educational Technology field since 2013. His current position is at SUNY Oneonta, where he work with faculty on the development of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Some of his interests include scaffolding digital competencies across the curriculum, and the exploration, adoption, and creation of high-quality open resources. He is one of the co-founders of the SUNY Create initiative that invites students to build a web presence using open-source tools.


  • Panel Discussion: Collaborative Writing in Higher Ed and Getting Ready for Gutenberg Phase 3

Apurva Ashok

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Executive Director, Rebus Foundation

Apurva leads The Rebus Foundation and brings a tireless determination for systemic change in education at Rebus and through collaborative partnerships. She helps educational institutions build human capacity in OER publishing through professional development offerings such as the Textbook Success Program. Apurva studied literature and marketing at McGill University and completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Her experience ranges across academic publishing, media, social justice, and volunteerism. In 2020, Apurva received an Open Education Award for Excellence from Open Education Global in recognition of her contributions to the field. She strongly believes in translating knowledge among communities and regions, and in the value of greater critical thinking for all.


  • Panel Discussion: Collaborative Writing in Higher Ed and Getting Ready for Gutenberg Phase 3

Shelley Keith-Panulla

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Director of Web & Digital Experience, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

A regular speaker in higher ed and WordPress communities, Shelley brings a multi-decade career in product design, content strategy,  web governance, and a passion for all things user-experience (can you tell she spent a huge chunk of time as an army-of-one?) to her digital strategy practice. She's currently leading the interdisciplinary digital experience team in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University where all her brand, training, and technical worlds have collided in a spectacular explosion of multi-year projects with huge scope. She'll probably be at the bar if you need her.


Nick Diego

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Developer Relations Advocate, Automattic

Nick is a Developer Relations Advocate at Automattic, where he contributes full-time to the WordPress open-source project. He has over ten years of experience in the WordPress community and was a member of the release team for WordPress 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2. Passionate about the Gutenberg project and “modern” WordPress development, Nick splits his time between creating educational content, crafting experimental plugins and themes, and advocating for both developers and end-users.


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