Digital Education and WordPress: an historical romp for #pressedconf18

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Today myself and Jen Ross took part in the PressEd Twitter conference, brilliantly organised by Pat Lockley and Natalie Lafferty. They had the genius idea of re-mixing the Public Archaeology Twitter conference format and with much heroic cajoling succeeded pulled in over 40 presentations from across several continents. What we have collectively created through presentations and comments is a hugely rich, freely available resource that I know I’ll be digging back into over and again. If anyone cares for such things, I have a TAGS archive for #pressEdConf18.

Jen and I pulled our talk together during a period of travel for both of us, and I can’t pretend I was always as timely with updates as I planned to be – a lot of the time I think I wasn’t actually sure what time it was. “Saturday morning” is a very relative measure when both of you are in transit across the globe. However, it was a lot of fun looking back over 10 years of collaboration on the MSc Digital Education at Edinburgh. I’m an alumnus of this programme in it’s initial guise as the MSc E-Learning (I was in that first cohort in 2006) and so I have a special fondness for the work that this programme does and the colleagues who teach on it. Re-reading the course descriptors, many of which are new since I took the programme, I wanted to go back and do it all again.

Our ambition with this retrospective was to highlight the range of uses that we’ve been able to put WordPress to over that time – as an illustration of how flexible a platform it has proven to be. I think we could have done a presentation about each and every example in it’s own right. Perhaps if there’s another conference we will. In the meantime, here’s an archive of our tweets and we’d be delighted to talk more about any of this.

(Stitching the Standard, Edmund Leighton, Public Domain)

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