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Sessions at HighEdWeb 2012 on Wednesday 10th October

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  • Creating an Effective Higher Ed Newsroom

    by Georgy Cohen

    News content is one of the best opportunities we have to convey information about our institution. By effectively telling stories about the people, events and experiences that make our schools special places to live and learn, we can create powerful connections with our audience that drive action. But how do we do this, when the higher ed newsroom is often still churning out press releases and not exploring storytelling, new content types and the role of social media? In this informative, interactive and slightly off-kilter workshop, we’ll dive into the principles involved in shaping the modern, effective higher ed online newsroom, including: an overview of storytelling; editorial partnerships and workflow; real-time coverage; newswriting for the web; multimedia and interactive content creation; the role of social media in news; SEO; structured content; and cross-channel publishing. Then, we will put those principles to test in a real-time exercise. You may enter Clark Kent, but you will leave as a news content superhero.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

  • How to Look and Feel Awesome with Emerging Technologies

    by Robin2go

    In higher ed, we're no strangers to doing more with less. We have less manpower, but higher expectations. We have fewer resources, but more responsibilities. We need new ways to curate content, to shine while presenting information and to make things interesting for our users. But it doesn't have to be mission impossible. You, too, can be a disruptive technologist. Let's talk disruptive technology and how you can use it to win friends and influence people. Need ways to curate information in an interesting format? We've got apps for that. Want a way to collaborate with coworkers that doesn't share internal information to outsiders? We've got ways to do that, too. How about growing your community? We're way ahead of you. In this workshop, you will explore emerging technologies to embed in your sites, add to the conversation, and add to your repertoire of looking good and being awesome. And really, who can't use an inside track to awesome?

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

  • Minimum Viable Web Workshop

    by Kristofer Layon

    Based on the Minimum Viable Product approach that is advocated by the Lean Thinking movement, this workshop will teach web professionals of all kinds — designers, developers, programmers, and content strategists — how to create web solutions by applying a product management approach to their work. No matter what your technical or professional capability is, you can apply product management principles to your web sites and applications in a way that guarantees you will get the best possible results with the lower possible cost and shortest schedule to delivery. The Minimum Viable Web workshop will walk you through several steps that, taken together, will lead you to higher levels of web design success. The workshop will connect the approaches of:user experience designmobile firstresponsive designagile developmentcontent strategyand usability evaluationinto an overall strategy for delivering progressively-enhanced design solutions that meet your users' and organizations' needs.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

  • Using HTML5 & Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility to Create Highly Accessible Web Resources

    by Jon Gunderson

    Dynamic content and HTML5 technologies are rapidly become a standard part of web design. This session will provide an overview of how to use the Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility (ARIA) technologies and HTML5 to improve the accessibility of dynamic web content. The session will also cover the issues with some features of HTML5 that can cause accessibility problems. The session will also present Open Source tools for inspecting the accessibility of web resources and creating WCAG 2.0 compliance reports using the OpenAjax accessibility evaluation library. The session will encourage participation by using examples of existing websites to show HTML5 and ARIA is integrated in to dynamic web content designs to improve accessibility and will use the websites of participants to illustrate the accessibility inspection and evaluation capabilities of the Open Source evaluation tools. The session will include: 1. Using ARIA landmarks to improve document navigation 2. Complying with WCAG 2.0 form accessibility requirements 3. Dynamic pull down and fly out menu accessibility 4. Accessibility of hiding and showing content in tabs 5. Basics of making HTML/Javascript widgets accessible 6. Accessibility features of open source widget toolkits like JQuery and Dojo 7. Using Open Source tools to inspect and evaluate the accessibility of resources for WCAG 2.0 compliance 8. Discussion of what is the difference between accessible design and WCAG 2.0 compliance.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

  • Writing a WordPress Plugin

    by Curtiss Grymala

    During this workshop, we will write a simple WordPress plugin. I will take you through the basic steps of creating the plugin file, including the proper header, and using some basic API functions available in WordPress. As part of the plugin, we'll develop a new shortcode to be used anywhere within the content of posts and we'll develop a widget to be used in widgetized areas (such as sidebars and footers). We will also review the process of creating the "settings" area for the plugin to be displayed in the administration area of WordPress.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

  • You Have an iPhone. Now What?

    by Brent Passmore

    This session will show you how to turn your iPhone into a hub for high quality, professional photos and videos. Carrie and Brent will discuss a variety of apps to help you shoot and edit video and photos. Additionally, they’ll discuss some low-cost gadgets that will allow you to enhance the quality of your work. This is a hands on session, so be prepared to be interviewed or make a cameo appearance in a video. You’ll leave with an understanding on how to leverage your iPhone as a tool to help your university communicate its message.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center