Online WordPress workshop

wordpress-online
I'd like to offer our workshop "Making WordPress Work for You" online. However, the nature of the workshop makes translating it to an online course presents a different challenge to others I've done this with and so this post is a form of thinking out loud in the hope of getting some feedback on whether this is a good idea and advice on the best approaches to take. View post...

Mobilising WordPress

Mobilising WordPress
While WordPress offers a pretty good mobile experience, a few tweaks can make it better for both publishers and readers. In a workshop at IWMW12, I presented some approaches to Mobilising WordPress through plugins, adding a separate mobile theme, changing to a responsive theme and 'responsifying' your current theme. This post considers each of these and some resources and tools that can make them easier to implement. View post...

Information services and social media

IT services and social media
As part of a session at the UCISA event 'Using Social Media to Communicate' I facilitated a task designed to explore attitudes to the use of social media by information services. Participants were asked to write comments about what information services should/shouldn't do with social media and position them along a line of preference. The opinions expressed are presented here in the hope that they might be of use to services (re)considering their use of social media. View post...

Linking the physical to digital

AR on a tablet
Presentation on linking the physical to digital with QR codes, augmented reality and NFC from the event Emerging Technology for Learning. Outlines simple ways to link physical objects to digital resources and considers the importance of the user experience when doing so in education. The talk was followed by a set of practical activities investigating the use of these technologies and a discussion around designing effective educational experiences with them. View post...

Sweet child of mine

There are lots of great WordPress themes out there, but I always find something I'd like to change. Being open source, that's pretty easy to do with a bit of CSS, HTML and PHP. However, when a theme is updated by the author, you risk loosing your hand-crafted customisation. That's where child themes come in. They offer a simple, but flexible way to create a customised theme that inherits the style and function of it's parent, but can be customised independently. And as any parent knows, their kids are always way cooler than their parents ;-) View post...

bit.ly – bundles of fun (well, links)

bitly bundles
To support a screencasting workshop I ran for Newcastle University library I wanted participants to explore and evaluate a range of screencasts. As this as a custom course, I had a bit of freedom to consider the alternatives to a page on our site. I looked at using delicious with custom tags and a diigo list, but neither offered quite what I wanted - something quick, simple, that I already used, that didn't need registration and looked stylish. Enter bit.ly bundles. View post...