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.
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.
- 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 Resources related to teaching/pedagogy/research
- 9 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
- Dave Moloney - aTechnology 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.
- Add yourself here… (see this for more details)
People working in the space and at least tangentially knowledgeable or aware of indieweb:
- 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.
- 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
- Indie Cite
- Post Archival in the Internet Archive
- Book Review
- Reading List
- 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.
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
Articles relating to Indieweb and Academe
- 2013-09 : Interaction Equivalency in an OER, MOOCS and Informal Learning Era
- 2013-05-13 : Push, Pull, Fork: Github for Academics (archived)
- 2013-09 : Publishing with GitHub pages (archived)
- 2014-08-15 : Teaching Without WordPress: Exploring the Known World
- 2014-11-21 : A Domain of WithKnown (archived)
- 2015-04-29 : Reclaim Your Domain (With Known) (archived)
- 2015-07 : Installing a Known blog on a private server (archived)
- 2016-04 : Hypothes.is as a Public Research Notebook (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 : Getting data out of Medium (archived)
- 2016-10-28 : Leveling Up with Domain of One’s Own (archived)
- 2016-12-31 : PressForward as an IndieWeb WordPress-based RSS Feed Reader & Pocket/Instapaper Replacement (archived)
- 2017-01-17 : 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
- 2017-06-05 : 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)
- 2018-11-13 : The public necessity of student blogging
- add additional articles here (see this for more details)...
- #dh or digital humanities
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
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.
- Portfolio Building in Chinese Language Learning Using Blogs 2004
- Samantha Moberly 2016-2017
- Casey McLaghlin 2016-2017
Miscellaneous Projects and Sources
- 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
- commonplace book
- CV and resumé
- archival copy
- getting started
- academic samizdat
- perma.cc for citations
- 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
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