Indieweb for Education

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Indieweb for Education is the application of indieweb principles to one's personal site with a particular emphasis on use cases for education, pedagogy, research, academic samizdat, and collaboration.

While the general principles of indieweb can apply to anyone's site, in an attempt to help foster the next generation of potential IndieWeb adopters who may be focused on teaching, education, and research, whether at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, or other levels, we're compiling some specific hints, tips, pointers, and examples which may be germane to these particular audiences to assist in their motivation and adoption.

In addition to the material below, be sure to see getting started, which is an excellent place to start for all people. For additional help and discussion, feel free to visit the IndieWeb chat rooms.


Indieweb Academics and People

A group of people closely identified with the areas of research, teaching, academia, other:

Others

People working in the space and at least tangentially knowledgeable or aware of indieweb:

People are heartily encouraged to look into the depth and breadth of other examples on the pages spanning the remainder of the wiki.

IndieWeb Examples

LMS Examples

Projects

Naturally any project could be used for educational or research purposes, but the following either are geared toward the academic/research spaces, or are heavily used by them and have a relatively rich ecosystem of additional functionality or plugins to expand their use specifically toward these areas. New users, particularly those of generations 2+ who may not be programmers/developers by nature may be advised to take a look at one or more of these for their base functionality.

Known

Main article: Known

The Known CMS was built as an opensource Indieweb project from the ground up, but the business side of the project is geared toward the education market, thus making it a convenient choice, particularly for classroom and collaborative use. Known's education specific page has some great motivation for using indieweb in learning and research environments.


Known
Topics Getting Started with Known
Content Plugins VideoRecipeReviewsFoodWatchingReactionsJournalRead
Syndication plugins TwitterFacebookFlickrFoursquareLinkedInSoundCloudLinkedIn (alternate)WordPressTumblrDiigoGithubKnown CrosspostDiasporaIRCIndieSyndicatePinboardArchive.org/WayBackMachinePnut.ioMastodon
System and Security HTML Output sanitisationTwo Factor AuthenticationSitemap.xmlBitly URL shortenerOAuth2 ServerNIST PasswordsAkismet
Import and Export Flickr ImportFile PickerMoves Import
Misc plugins Chrome ExtensionGist SupportUserColorsPushoverKnownTracksMarkdownInstagramShimLightboxEmoji renderingShort ProfileCleverdevil CustomizationsMastodonEmbed
Themes Han Shot FirstMaterialNature
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsKnown channelKnown Dev Google GroupOfficial DocumentationDevelopment on Github



WordPress

Main article: WordPress

WordPress is a commonly used CMS in general, but there is a large and engaged community of educators, researchers using it for a variety of academic specific plugins and functionality.

Plugins

The list below isn't specifically indieweb related, but are plugins, some with an indieweb flavor, which people interested in these areas may find useful.

Related


WordPress
Topics Getting Started on WordPressAdvanced WordPress Set UpPluginsThemesExamplesWordPress with BridgyDevelopmentDataSecurity
Primary Plugins Indieweb PluginWebmentionSemantic LinkbacksMicropubIndieAuthPost KindsSyndication LinksWebSub plugins
POSSE Plugins Social Network Auto PosterJetPack PublicizeBridgy Publish pluginWP CrosspostTumblr CrosspostrMediumDiasposter
PESOS Plugins Keyring Social ImportersDsgnWrks Twitter ImporterDsgnWrks Instagram Importer
Other Plugins Aperture Refback pluginIndieWeb Press ThisWordPress uf2OpenIDSimple LocationIndieweb ActionsPressForwardYarns Indie ReaderWhisperFollowblogroll2emailWebmention for (Threaded) Comments (deprecated)
Themes SemPress • (SemPress Child Themes: SemPress Lite, SenPress, and Index) • ZenPressIndependent Publishermf2_sTwenty Sixteen IndieWeb-friendly fork
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsWordPress FAQWordPress Outreach ClubTroubleshooting TipsWordPress toolsWordPress channel
See Also WordPress related wiki pagesWordPress.comAWS Tutorial


Omeka

Main article: Omeka

Omeka is a CMS built on a LAMP stack and designed for scholars, museums, libraries, archives, and enthusiasts to create complex narratives,share rich collections, research, exhibits, and digital projects.

Drupal

Main article: Drupal

In addition to the standard Drupal core set up which can be extended with modules for additional functionality, there is also the Open Scholar project which is geared toward use by professors as well as reasearch groups, departments, and even entire universities.

Domain of One's Own

Main article: A Domain of One's Own

A Domain of One's Own (or DoOO) is a project at University of Mary Washington that allows students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a hosted web space, free of charge. With their Domain and corresponding web space, users will have the opportunity and flexibility to design and create a meaningful and vibrant digital presence.

Grav

Main article: Grav

Grav is a flat-file CMS built on PHP, with Twig templating, and YAML + Markdown for storing articles (YAML for metadata, Markdown for the content).

Paul Hibbitts has some Grav related resources available with regard to education.

MLA Commons

MLA Commons is a scholarly network for MLA members. Users can discover the latest open-access scholarship and teaching materials, join language and literature discussion groups, build a WordPress Web site for a class or conference—or to showcase your own work—and grow your readership by uploading materials to CORE, our open-access repository. This is a growing "open" network in academia that allows for Gen2+ users an easy way to create websites (particularly WordPress based sites), generally for academic purposes.

  • Its flexibility compared to self-hosted WordPress may be limited, but it could be a simple way to join a larger network of academics for additional work related functionality.
  • An inexpensive MLA Membership is required for full functionality on the platform. Compared to domain registration and hosting, the cost becomes a net positive when bundled with their other services.
  • Set up is fairly similar to WordPress.com or EduBlogs in terms of site flexibility, though it does provide interaction with a large network of other academics.
  • No support for webmentions (yet)
  • Not all themes properly support microformats

ScholarlyHub

ScholarlyHub intends to be a paid platform to allow people, especially teachers and researchers, to own their own content and data and share it freely. While not specifically identifying as IndieWeb, many of their core philosophies are very IndieWeb-centric. In early 2018, they are attempting to raise €500,000 by 2018-31-07 to build what looks like a Gen2+ platform.

Your donation will help launch a new scholarly social network which is entirely non-profit, member-run and open access. ScholarlyHub will not trade in users' data, will protect scholars’ independence from conglomerate publishers’ market-oriented needs, and will make scholarship visible and accessible across disciplines and throughout the world.

Science Sites

Science Sites, Inc. is a Massachusetts 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which was founded and directed by science writers to bring a journalistic approach to content strategy and website creation. Their goal is to "help scientists and scientific organizations engage with new media and best showcase and share their work online."

They believe that:

"Too many brilliant researchers with too much important research have no acceptable web presence. We believe that improving how their work is represented online will bring greater attention to their research and advance the public's appreciation and understanding of science."
  • Websites appear to be based on the SquareSpace platform
  • They provide hosting and maintenance and do charge for building sites for clients apparently in the $1K+ budget range
  • Their target market is for Gen2+ people.

Scalar

Main article: Scalar

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.

Static Site Generators

GitHub pages

Main article: github-pages
Academics who need a personal website, check out my http://academicpages.github.io project, a ready-to-fork GitHub pages template supporting CV-style content. Difficulty is more than using Wordpress but lower than building your own site from scratch. Over 2,500 people have tried it out!
--Stuart Geiger via Twitter

Hugo

Main article: Hugo

Related Conferences

Articles relating to Indieweb and Academe

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Videos

Resources related to teaching/pedagogy/research

Twitter hashtags

Aggregation

Main article: planet

Aggregating class-wide related work can be a common stumbling block for some teachers, designers, and technologists. Below is a short list of potential technologies geared toward solving this problem

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress is an open-source Atom/RSS aggregator for the WordPress blog publishing platform with planet-like functionality. Taylor Jadin has set it up for this functionality in the past.

PressForward

PressForward is free software built for WordPress for curating and sharing content from the web. While originally developed for journalists curating content, its core functionality adds a native RSS feed reader into one's site. It could be used as a planet in online course related settings.

gRSShopper

gRSShopper is a personal web environment that combines resource aggregation, a personal dataspace, and personal publishing. It's a project built by Stephen Downes.

Known

Known can be set up for an entire class with multi-user accounts. Better, it can be set up with syndication capabilities that allows users to use their own sites to post material and syndicate it into the shared class-based site. Chris Aldrich has set up something like this in the past.

Syndication via Webmention

While different than most of the above models, perhaps the Reddit like functionality of sites like news.indieweb.org or Indieweb.xyz could be leveraged to allow students to post their content on their own websites and purposefully syndicate class-related pieces into a commons using Webmention. Having the ability to delete the content from the planet at a later date by editing or deleting the Webmention could be a beneficial piece of functionality.

Blogs as Notebook/Portfolios

Educators have always used blogs for electronic notebooks and student portfolios. This practice is most prevalent on Blogger, but edublogs, kidblogs, and SeeSaw among others are also used.

Examples

Miscellaneous Projects and Sources

See Also