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IT TAKES A CAMPUS
To Raise A (Web Professionals) Community
Rachel Carden, Web Developer/Designer, The University of Alabama
@bamadesigner
- Established in 1831
- 13 Colleges and Schools
- Over 37,000 students
- Close to 5,000 faculty/staff
- Almost 2,000 acres
Professional

Development
Sharing of
Ideas /
Innovation
Communication
and Networking
Institutional
Knowledge
Collaboration
YOU HAVE THE POWER!
Bringing University of Alabama web professionals
together to educate, inform, discuss, innovate, and share
https://webtide.ua.edu - @bamawebtide
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
• Formed January 2014 - almost 2 years!
• Has 78 members from over 30 departments across campus
• Meets the third Thursday of every month to discuss
institutional knowledge, campus projects, and professional
development topics ranging from social media to
accessibility to crisis communication.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
• UA is large, web services are decentralized.
• No main web shop, comprised of smaller and
one-man teams.
• Wanted the opportunity to share ideas and “talk
shop” with other web professionals on campus.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
WHY?
Saw a need and opportunity to crowdsource
resources and professional development for
all web professionals on campus.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
WHY?
#humanatwork
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
Helping your university by
helping your people
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
Community building allows you to
empower others to

improve through
professional development
and relationships.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
In its first iteration,

WebTide was simply a blog.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
• Was called “College Web”, 10-15 person group
that met every other month at campus Starbucks
• Went overkill on unneeded/unused tools
• Was too informal / no structure/topics/agenda
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
MY FIRST ATTEMPT
• Designed a more formal meeting process - had a plan!
• Only implemented tools as needed - one page website
• Implemented better communication tools
• Pulled in more help - great planning committee
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
REBORN
GETTING STARTED
• Environments are different for each campus
• There will be trial/error. Prepare to change.
• Technology is not the answer to everything
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
• Start small, scale as needed
• Keep things simple
• Be transparent
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
• Don’t do it alone Can’t do it alone
• Surround yourself with support
• Embrace different ideas
• Be available
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
• Set realistic goals
• It never hurts to ask
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
YOU HAVE TO CULTIVATE
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
RELATIONSHIPS
RELATIONSHIPS
RELATIONSHIPS
• Invite everyone to watch together
• When conferences stream their presentations
• Webinars
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
ONLINE RESOURCES/MATERIALS
• Share learning materials/online resources
• Share your educational discoveries with your
community
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
ONLINE RESOURCES/MATERIALS
• In person
• Online
• Webinars
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
DIFFERENT WAYS TO “MEET”
• Slack / IRC
• Skype/Google
Hangouts
• Blackboard
• Social media
• Websites
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
RESOURCES/TOOLS TO USE
• Subject matter experts
• Live examples
• Listserv
• Vendor presentations
• Goodies
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
Take advantage of

free or inexpensive
academic licenses!
It never hurts to ask.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
• “If you feed them, they will come.”
• Ask departments or vendors to sponsor a meal.
• Grants or sponsorships for training, resources, etc
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
• Accessibility
• Social Media
• Branding
• Crisis Communication at UA
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TOPICS
• Usability
• Security Awareness
• The Role of the Web in Higher Education
• Alternatives to a Traditional CMS
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TOPICS
• Effective Project Management
• Tools and Resources For Your Job
• A Different Perspective: I Am A Higher
Education Professional Who Is Also A Web
Professional
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TOPICS
• Video for the Web
• News and Events at UA
• Legal Issues Relevant of Higher Ed Web
• Various department projects/environments
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
TOPICS
• Front-End Frameworks
• Student Workers
• Dealing with faculty and the web
• Writing Content for the Web
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
OTHER POSSIBLE TOPICS
• Utilizing Campus Resources
• Marketing
• Measuring Web Performance
• Campus Politics
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
OTHER POSSIBLE TOPICS
• Community members
• Other campus staff/faculty
• Area professionals
• Company reps
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
POSSIBLE SPEAKERS
Sharing your work means
playing an active role in
improving your community
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
wow
such benefits
omg networking
much development
many shares
Professional

Development
Sharing of
Ideas /
Innovation
Communication
and Networking
Institutional
Knowledge
Collaboration
WE ALL
DO BETTER
WHEN WE ALL
DO BETTER.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
Tuscaloosa Web Professionals is a community and meetup group
for anyone in the Tuscaloosa (and surrounding) area who makes a
living building the world wide web. Whether you're a designer,
coder, writer, sysadmin, or other web-related specialist, we invite
you to join us to network, learn, and share your expertise.
http://wpcampus.org - @wpcampusorg - #WPCampus
A community (and proposed conference)
focused on using WordPress
to improve the world of higher education
and higher ed web.
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
• Launched 7 weeks ago today
• 284 people have visited wpcampus.org and shown interest
• Attending: 275 (97%)
• Speaking: 157 (55%)
• Planning: 98 (35%)
• Sponsoring: 47 (17%)
• Hosting at your university: 59 (21%)
• 185 people in our Slack account.
Learn more about WPCampus
http://wpcampus.org
View WPCampus Planning Data
http://wpcampus.org/planning/data/
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR
#MPD3 @bamadesigner
?
Any questions?
Rachel Carden
@bamadesigner
http://bamadesigner.com
http://wpcampus.org
http://tuscaloosawebpros.com/
https://webtide.ua.edu
#MPD3 @bamadesigner

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It Takes A Campus To Raise A (Web Professionals) Community

  • 1. #MPD3 IT TAKES A CAMPUS To Raise A (Web Professionals) Community Rachel Carden, Web Developer/Designer, The University of Alabama @bamadesigner
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  • 4. - Established in 1831 - 13 Colleges and Schools - Over 37,000 students - Close to 5,000 faculty/staff - Almost 2,000 acres
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  • 7. Professional
 Development Sharing of Ideas / Innovation Communication and Networking Institutional Knowledge Collaboration
  • 8. YOU HAVE THE POWER!
  • 9. Bringing University of Alabama web professionals together to educate, inform, discuss, innovate, and share https://webtide.ua.edu - @bamawebtide #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 10. • Formed January 2014 - almost 2 years! • Has 78 members from over 30 departments across campus • Meets the third Thursday of every month to discuss institutional knowledge, campus projects, and professional development topics ranging from social media to accessibility to crisis communication. #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 11. • UA is large, web services are decentralized. • No main web shop, comprised of smaller and one-man teams. • Wanted the opportunity to share ideas and “talk shop” with other web professionals on campus. #MPD3 @bamadesigner WHY?
  • 12. Saw a need and opportunity to crowdsource resources and professional development for all web professionals on campus. #MPD3 @bamadesigner WHY?
  • 14. Helping your university by helping your people #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 15. Community building allows you to empower others to
 improve through professional development and relationships. #MPD3 @bamadesigner
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  • 17. In its first iteration,
 WebTide was simply a blog. #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 18. • Was called “College Web”, 10-15 person group that met every other month at campus Starbucks • Went overkill on unneeded/unused tools • Was too informal / no structure/topics/agenda #MPD3 @bamadesigner MY FIRST ATTEMPT
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  • 20. • Designed a more formal meeting process - had a plan! • Only implemented tools as needed - one page website • Implemented better communication tools • Pulled in more help - great planning committee #MPD3 @bamadesigner REBORN
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  • 24. • Environments are different for each campus • There will be trial/error. Prepare to change. • Technology is not the answer to everything #MPD3 @bamadesigner THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
  • 25. • Start small, scale as needed • Keep things simple • Be transparent #MPD3 @bamadesigner THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
  • 26. • Don’t do it alone Can’t do it alone • Surround yourself with support • Embrace different ideas • Be available #MPD3 @bamadesigner THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
  • 27. • Set realistic goals • It never hurts to ask #MPD3 @bamadesigner THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
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  • 30. #MPD3 @bamadesigner WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
  • 31. YOU HAVE TO CULTIVATE
  • 33. • Invite everyone to watch together • When conferences stream their presentations • Webinars #MPD3 @bamadesigner TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE RESOURCES/MATERIALS
  • 34. • Share learning materials/online resources • Share your educational discoveries with your community #MPD3 @bamadesigner TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE RESOURCES/MATERIALS
  • 35. • In person • Online • Webinars #MPD3 @bamadesigner DIFFERENT WAYS TO “MEET”
  • 36. • Slack / IRC • Skype/Google Hangouts • Blackboard • Social media • Websites #MPD3 @bamadesigner RESOURCES/TOOLS TO USE • Subject matter experts • Live examples • Listserv • Vendor presentations • Goodies
  • 37. #MPD3 @bamadesigner Take advantage of
 free or inexpensive academic licenses!
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  • 39. It never hurts to ask. #MPD3 @bamadesigner FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
  • 40. • “If you feed them, they will come.” • Ask departments or vendors to sponsor a meal. • Grants or sponsorships for training, resources, etc #MPD3 @bamadesigner FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
  • 41. • Accessibility • Social Media • Branding • Crisis Communication at UA #MPD3 @bamadesigner TOPICS
  • 42. • Usability • Security Awareness • The Role of the Web in Higher Education • Alternatives to a Traditional CMS #MPD3 @bamadesigner TOPICS
  • 43. • Effective Project Management • Tools and Resources For Your Job • A Different Perspective: I Am A Higher Education Professional Who Is Also A Web Professional #MPD3 @bamadesigner TOPICS
  • 44. • Video for the Web • News and Events at UA • Legal Issues Relevant of Higher Ed Web • Various department projects/environments #MPD3 @bamadesigner TOPICS
  • 45. • Front-End Frameworks • Student Workers • Dealing with faculty and the web • Writing Content for the Web #MPD3 @bamadesigner OTHER POSSIBLE TOPICS
  • 46. • Utilizing Campus Resources • Marketing • Measuring Web Performance • Campus Politics #MPD3 @bamadesigner OTHER POSSIBLE TOPICS
  • 47. • Community members • Other campus staff/faculty • Area professionals • Company reps #MPD3 @bamadesigner POSSIBLE SPEAKERS
  • 48. Sharing your work means playing an active role in improving your community #MPD3 @bamadesigner
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  • 50. wow such benefits omg networking much development many shares
  • 51. Professional
 Development Sharing of Ideas / Innovation Communication and Networking Institutional Knowledge Collaboration
  • 52. WE ALL DO BETTER WHEN WE ALL DO BETTER. #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 53. Tuscaloosa Web Professionals is a community and meetup group for anyone in the Tuscaloosa (and surrounding) area who makes a living building the world wide web. Whether you're a designer, coder, writer, sysadmin, or other web-related specialist, we invite you to join us to network, learn, and share your expertise.
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  • 56. A community (and proposed conference) focused on using WordPress to improve the world of higher education and higher ed web. #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 57. • Launched 7 weeks ago today • 284 people have visited wpcampus.org and shown interest • Attending: 275 (97%) • Speaking: 157 (55%) • Planning: 98 (35%) • Sponsoring: 47 (17%) • Hosting at your university: 59 (21%) • 185 people in our Slack account.
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  • 59. Learn more about WPCampus http://wpcampus.org View WPCampus Planning Data http://wpcampus.org/planning/data/ #MPD3 @bamadesigner
  • 60. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR #MPD3 @bamadesigner ?
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