Archive for 2017

DPA11: Trials and Tribulations of Building an App with React/Redux

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Presented by Alexander Cam Liu, Casey Wright, Gavin Brown We jumped into the fire with trying to build a brand new app with a brand new technology. That didn’t go so well, at first. React/Redux is amazing, once you can wrangle the concepts. Learn how to compartmentalize your code and see how it all fits […]

MPD9: Au Contraire: Debunking Myths & Hippos with Google Analytics

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Presented by Alan Etkin Have you ever cringed as opinions wagged the development of your website? Ever felt that something was terribly wrong with a design or strategy decision but had no way to prove it? Come learn some terrific advanced techniques for using Google Analytics to make informed decisions for a post-secondary website. Through […]

UAD8: Tackling Web Accessibility Challenges with a Homegrown Web App

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Presented by Alison West, Sarah Ryder, Rob Eveleigh Four small liberal arts colleges in Western Massachusetts are working together to develop and implement parallel and collaborative campus-wide IT accessibility solutions. This four college initiative has included the development of a homegrown open source Web accessibility testing Web app (“Accessibility Evaluation Tool”) at Hampshire College that […]

The WordPress API (WRK7) The WordPress API (WRK7)

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The WordPress API: Web Applications for the REST of Us What: Workshop at the 2017 HighEdWeb conference When: Wednesday, 10/10/2017 Where: Hartford, CT WordPress is an incredible platform for building custom web applications… but until now, it always required a bit of hacking. With the release of the REST API, it has finally become a […]

AIM7: The Dawson Way of Doing Things: A Study of Our Path Using WordPress

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Presented by Jonathan Perlman Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with 10,000+ students and 1,000+ faculty and staff has adopted WordPress as our primary web publishing platform. We’ve mostly had success, but we’ve also had our share of failures and growing pains. In this case study, I’m going to talk about how we started out […]

AIM4: Mobile First: Writing and Designing Page Content in the Age of Mobile

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Presented by Catherine Harwood Are your website pages full of phrases such as “look in the right column” or phone numbers without area codes so they’re not easy to dial on a mobile device? Are your page’s text layouts, tables, and images optimized for both desktop and the responsive move to mobile? With 70 percent […]

AIM6: Taking Content Beyond Mobile

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Presented by Travis Totz Most institutions, companies, and startups are constantly wrestling with how to deliver content to their constituents and users on many different experiences. Adopting a content strategy that focuses on varied intake of your content will enable a myriad of benefits that go far beyond delivering the right content to the right […]

AIM2: Encrypt All The Things: Practical Encryption from SSL to Email and Beyond

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Presented by Chris Wiegman There’s a lot of talk about website security, keeping sites updated and making sure passwords are strong, etc. These techniques might be great for your site itself but aren’t helping your privacy or your users and, in the right circumstances, can leave your fancy new passwords and other data open to […]

DPA1: Discover the Hidden Power of Chrome Developer Tools

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Presented by RJ Bruneel Chrome Developer Tools is a great tool for inspecting and debugging code, but it is capable of so much more. For example, did you know you can modify CSS/SCSS code in Chrome and automatically save your changes to the corresponding CSS file? Chrome Developer Tools can be intimidating and there is […]

2017 Solar Eclipse 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The 2017 solar eclipse has come, and gone – but it left a strong impression. So much so, that I am already considering how to travel to the next one in the US: 2024. We viewed it from my brothers property just south of Philomath, OR. The hour leading up to totality was interesting enough, […]