Indieweb for Education
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. It is generally synonymous with the aims and goals of the A Domain of One's Own or DoOO movement.
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.
I mean, what does an alternative to ed-tech as data-extraction, control, surveillance, privatization, and profiteering look like? What does resistance to the buzzwords and the bullshit look like?
I don’t have an answer. (There isn’t an answer.) But I think we can see a glimmer of possibility in the Indie Web Movement. It’s enough of a glimmer that I’m calling it a trend.
—Audrey Watters in Hack Education
- 1 IndieWeb Academics and People
- 2 IndieWeb Examples
- 3 LMS Examples
- 4 Projects
- 5 Related Conferences
- 6 Articles relating to IndieWeb and Academe
- 7 Videos
- 8 Educational Resources
- 9 Sessions
- 10 See Also
IndieWeb Academics and People
A group of people closely identified with the areas of research, teaching, academia, other:
- Amber Case - Studying the impact of technology on how we live. Author: Calm Technology + An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology. Fellow @BKCHarvard + @CivicMIT.
- William Ian O'Byrne - Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at the College of Charleston. Has both WordPress and Known installs and has participated in Known's Google Group.
- Anelise H. Shrout - New cliometrician. American historian. Atlantic historian. Native of NJ, transplant to CA. History, cartography, #DH, & sometimes my dog. Opinions my own, etc. Has used Known for teaching. Personal site on WordPress, experience with Omeka.
- Cathie LeBlanc Professor - Plymouth State University
- Stephen Downes (OLDaily) attended (virtually) IWC-NY and has explored Webmention and Post Kinds Plugin
- Mark Grabe Professor - University of North Dakota
- Rick Wysocki - Doctoral candidate interested in queer rhetoric, archives, new materialisms, and media theory.
- Jeffrey Keefer - Director of Training & Knowledge Management + Educational Researcher + Professor + Poet + Wikipedian = Liminality + Actor-Network Theory + Open Education
- Ken Bauer, Associate Professor of Computing Science at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara uses Known on his primary site.
- Rayna M. Harris using github pages and Jekyll
- Davey Moloney - a Technology Enhanced Learning Manager in Graduate & Professional Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where I’m involved in the design and production of flexible online and blended postgraduate and professional education programmes for distance and workplace learners.
- Will Monroe of http://willtmonroe.com/ - is an Assistant Director for Instructional Technology and adjunct instructor in educational technology and library and information science.
- Adam Procter is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Games Design & Art and Principal Teaching Fellow at Winchester School of Art (WSA). He also sometimes gets the chance to make Apps, Web stuff and works as UX and UI designer, developer and consultant.
- 2020-01-08 Guest on Thought Shrapnel Microcast #082 – Nodenoggin in an interview by Doug Belshaw talking about IndieWeb and his work.
- Add yourself here… (see this for more details)
People working in the space and at least tangentially knowledgeable or aware of the IndieWeb movement:
- John Carlos Baez - Physicist at UC Riverside
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick - Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University; Has Webmention working on her personal site; previously published and self-dogfooded her book Planned Obsolescence which was released in draft form for open peer review in fall 2009.
- Blair MacIntyre, a professor at Georgia Tech, is using a hybrid approach between his main website/blog and a micro.blog account with a sub-domain.
I've started mixing regular and micro blog posts. The micro.blog idea is really interesting; a way to share small thoughts (like on twitter) but retain control over the content on your own publishing platform. My micro.blog is at https://micro.blog/blair.
- Dr. Doug Belshaw an open educational thinker from Northumberland, UK, who leads the MoodleNet project and works with We Are Open Co-op. Specialized in digital literacies.
- Has a variety of sites using WordPress that support Webmention
- 2020-01-01 Microcast #081 – Anarchy, Federation, and the IndieWeb
- 2020-01-08 Microcast #082 – Nodenoggin featuring Adam Procter
- Dan Cohen is Vice Provost, Dean, and Professor at Northeastern University
- Dave Cormier supports Webmention on his WordPress site.
- Add yourself here… (see this for more details)
People are heartily encouraged to look into the depth and breadth of other examples on the pages spanning the remainder of the wiki.
- Course example using Known: edu106
- Course example using Known: edu307
- Course example using a mixture of Glitch and WordPress: edu522 with additional material from:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Hypothesis Aggregator, see also 1
- Academic Blogger's Toolkit
- PressForward - a tool by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media for aggregating and curating web-based content within the WordPress dashboard.
- Indie Cite
- Post Archival in the Internet Archive
- Book Review
- Reading List
- Anthologize - Grab posts from your WordPress blog, pull in feeds from external sites, or create new content directly in Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a coherent volume for export in several ebook formats, including PDF, EPUB, and TEI.
- CommentPress Core - allows readers to comment in the margins of a text. You can use it to annotate, gloss, workshop, debate and more!
- FD Footnotes - Elegant and easy to use footnotes
- JQuery Hover Footnotes - Lets you add footnotes with qualifiers of you're choosing, then dynamically displays them when you hover over.
- Knight Lab TimelineJS - A simple shortcode to display TimelineJS.
- ScholarPress Coins - Makes your blog posts readable by various COinS interpreters.
- Zotpress - Bringing Zotero and scholarly blogging to your WordPress website.
- edublogs - Custom hosted WordPress solution for the education market
- CampusPress - enterprise version of edublogs
- Humanity Commons A network of Commons repositories
- MLA Commons (see below)
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.
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
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.
- Flexible Modules for helping to incorporate Domain of One's Own into the curriculum.
- For those interested a Workshop of One's Own is scheduled for 2018-03-15 to 2018-03-16
Paul Hibbitts has some Grav related resources available with regard to education.
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 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, 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 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.
- Library Carpentry is a community similar to the IndieWeb but focused on software and data skills for people working in library- and information-related roles.
Library Carpentry develops lessons and teaches workshops for and with people working in library- and information-related roles. Our goal is to create an on-ramp to empower this community to use software and data in their own work as well as be advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Our workshops are based on our lessons. Workshop hosts, Instructors, and learners must be prepared to follow The Carpentries Code of Conduct.
- A thesis notebook by Alberto Molina
- Bottomtabs a set of plugins by Alberto Molina to enhance the TiddlyWiki experience
- TiddlyWiki for Scholars beta version
TiddlyWiki for Scholars is a personal customization of TiddlyWiki 5.0.15-beta I made for note-taking from readings, but it can be useful for other purposes. The idea behind this adaptation is to show and to allow creating relevant data related to the current tiddler without leaving the tiddler.
- Slides and Stories by Jan is a repository of the tools to optimize TW for scientific research and for presenting and publishing results.
Static Site Generators
- Stuart Geiger has a ready-to-fork GitHub pages template that supports CV-style content which is geared toward academics. Pull requests are welcome.
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
- PressED Conference: 2018, 2019
- 2019-04-18 Greg McVerry: Webmention Badges
- 2019-04-18 Dr. Kay Oddone: PhD and beyond: A WordPress adventure! Blogging my PhD on WordPress created new learning opportunities & expanded my professional digital identity. Now as a lecturer my blog includes an open learning space for students & other learners. I’ll share what I’ve learnt on my WordPress adventure!
- WordCamp for Kids is ramping up and they're creating some DoOO-esque materials for helping kids from 7-14 spin up their own websites
Articles relating to IndieWeb and Academe
- 2014-07-22 : Reclaim Your Domain LA Hackathon Wrap-up
- 2015-12-02 : What You Call Self Plagiarism I Call Syndication (archived)
- 2015-12-21 : Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015: Indie Ed-Tech (archived)
- 2016-08-23 : A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society (archived)
- 2016-09 : A journey through API programming ― Part 4: Posting to Medium (archived)
- 2016-09 : Making and Breaking Domain of One’s Own: Rethinking the Web in Higher Ed
- 2016-09 : Getting data out of Medium (archived)
- 2016-12-31 : PressForward as an IndieWeb WordPress-based RSS Feed Reader & Pocket/Instapaper Replacement (archived)
- 2017-0-17 : Webmentions for Academic Research (archived)
- 2017-02 : I deleted 40,000 tweets last week. Here's why (and how). (archived)
- 2017-03-02 : Setting my marginalia free
- 2017-07-05 : If bell hooks Made an LMS: a Praxis of Liberation and Domain of One’s Own
- 2017-07-05 : If bell hooks Made an LMS: Grades, Radical Openness, and Domain of One's Own
- 2017-06-05 : Neither Locked Out Nor Locked In (Keynote from Domains17 Conference) (archived)
- 2017-06-06 : Indie, Open, Free: The Fraught Ideologies of Ed-tech (archived)
- 2017-08-07 : A Web Diet: Converting WordPress Sites Over to Static Sites (archived)
- 2017-10-26 : My #IndieWeb Reflections (archived)
- 2018-03-08 : Taking Control of Digital Identity
- 2018-06-05 : Possible cultural & technological futures of digital scholarship
- 2018-07-18 : What is IndieWeb and Why Should You Care?
- 2018-09-12 : Beyond the LMS
- 2018-11-13 : The public necessity of student blogging
- 2019-03-24 : An Alternative to the Corporate Web
- 2019-06-19 : What having a domain for a year has taught me
- add additional articles here (see this for more details)...
- No Digital Facelifts: Thinking the Unthinkable About Open Educational Experiences
- Conversation with Ben Werdmuller (YouTube): Stephen Downes Stephen Downes interviews Ben Werdmüller about software, microformats, IndieWeb, Known, and other related topics as part of his E-Learning 3.0 online course.
- Connecting to the IndieWeb Movement (YouTube): Jim Groom chats with Mikhail Gershovich, Ben Werdmüller, Erin Jo Richey, and Simon Thomson about the IndieWeb movement as it dovetails with A Domain of One's Own and the education space as part of the finale of Connected Courses on 2014-12-05.
Articles About Blogging with Students
- Why students should blog
- Some quotes on blogging as students
- Why I Teach with HASTAC: Platforms as Critical Pedagogy
- #DoOO Hashtag for domain of owns' ome
- #diversityninja children literature advocates fighting dominant narrative
- #edtechchat weekly chat about edtech
- #literacies on going hashtag of literacy, reading, and writing professors
- #higherED Hashtag for generall higher education
- #dh or digital humanities
- #ds106 longest running MOOC which it realy isn't. just folks telling digital stories
- #educolor weekly chat of issues facing educators and students of color
- #AcWri hashtag for support in academic writing
- #openscience open science movenement
- #clmooc a creative space of writers and artists
- #digped Ongoing feed of critical digital pedagogy
- #lthecha Weekly chat on learning in higher education
- #altc Association for Learning Technologies
- Fridays is a weekly blogging meetup running since 2008. Each week one blogger is in charge of curating all the poems posted to the Poetry Friday group.
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
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.
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
- Portfolio Building in Chinese Language Learning Using Blogs 2004
- Samantha Moberly 2016-2017
- Casey McLaghlin 2016-2017
- Dr. Kay Oddone used her WordPress website to blog through her Ph.D. See her presentation/talk at PhD and beyond: A WordPress adventure!
- Carl Boettiger Lab
- Madsen Lab Notebook
- Michael Toth on How to Write Pelican Blog Posts using RMarkdown & Knitr, 2.0
Miscellaneous Projects and Sources
- Ethical edtech wiki
- Library Carpentry
- Profhacker Blog on Chronicle of Higher Education
- Chronicle of Higher Education articles about WordPress
- #comments4kids a hashtag started in 2010 for students blogging in class and looking for comments from outside
- E-Learning 3.0 Distributed Learning Technology MOOC from 2018-10-15 from Stephen Downes
- The Compelled Tribe Educational Blogging collective that began in 2014
Related sessions at IndieWebCamps
- 2018-06-26 at IndieWebSummit 2018 in Portland: 2018/education
- Keynote at IndieWebCamp New Haven 2019 by Kimberly Hirsh: IWCNHV19 Keynote: Connected Learning & the IndieWeb ▶️12:13s
- commonplace book
- CV and resumé
- archival copy
- getting started
- academic samizdat
- perma.cc for citations
- PLN or Personal (Professional) Learning Network
- Mozilla Web Literacy Map v1.5
- disclosure - for brainstorming of disclosure/conflict of interest pages
- "#pressedconf18 #WordPressforWeans2018 #GlowBlogs
I am @johnjohnston a primary school teacher in Scotland. I acted as 'Product Owner' for Glow Blgos from 2014 to 2016 & continue on a part time basis." @johnjohnston March 29, 2018
- "#pressedconf18 #WordPressforWeans2018 #GlowBlogs
- http://connectedcourses.net/ 2014 online course which allowed people to syndicate (POSSE) their participation to a central (planet-like) website
- MathJax https://www.mathjax.org/
- 'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs - WIRED by Cal Newport