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1 { OER Management Made Easy …or so I thought. joe hobson / Navigation North

2 Federal Registry for Educational Excellence – joe hobson / Navigation North 1

3 History – version 1 v – 2013 Custom ColdFusion- based system Highly curated collection of resources 14,000 visits per week / average 1:49 time on site joe hobson / Navigation North 2

4 History – version 2 v2 June 2013 – Sept 2014 Moved to WordPress Driven by custom plugin connected to federal Learning Registry Access to 420k resources, but no longer curated 4,000 visits per week / average 1:31 time on site joe hobson / Navigation North 3

5 the New New Thing v3 October 2014 Still on WordPress Remove Learning Registry integration (for now) Only 1681 resources joe hobson / Navigation North 4

6  No control over resource selection  Couldn’t remove resources  Couldn’t choose publishers  Couldn’t add new resources  Couldn’t feature resources  Dependent on unreliable, external services  No connection between blog posts & resources the Problems - Content 5 joe hobson / Navigation North

7 Not responsive Not responsive 45.5% mobile 45.5% mobile 7.5% tablet 7.5% tablet Terrible SEO Terrible SEO Poor 508 compliance Poor 508 compliance the Problems - Design 6 joe hobson / Navigation North

8 Solutions: Category Templates joe hobson / Navigation North 7 Easy Nav Breadcrumbs Multiple templates Additional text blocks

9 Solutions: Curation joe hobson / Navigation North 8 Multiple featuring options Front Slider (smooth-slider plugin) Prominent Blog Posts

10 Solutions: Leverage WordPress joe hobson / Navigation North 9 Powerful, understandable CMS Roles & Permissions Categories & tags Friendly URLs Additional Plugins

11 Solutions: Custom Post Type joe hobson / Navigation North 10

12 Development joe hobson / Navigation North 11 Specs & features written up in detail Coding & design by offshore company with multiple developers Quick sprints with feedback Multiple staging environments Middleman between developers & client

13 Issues: Client joe hobson / Navigation North 12 Inadequately prepared at start Lag time between questions & responses Delays in decision-making Resources not provided until last minute

14 Issues: Developers joe hobson / Navigation North 13 Version control Incomplete data for testing Incompatible staging environments Responsive design overly device dependent Copied theme, instead of child Customizing 3 rd -party plugins WP prefix for tables

15 Issues: Migration joe hobson / Navigation North 14 Importing categories into existing data Time necessary for screenshot functions Mapping of old URLs Differences between staging & production servers

16 Remaining Questions joe hobson / Navigation North 15 Cross-over between plugins & themes Dependencies Availability on WP plugin site Managing Updates

17 Future Development Plans joe hobson / Navigation North 16 Integration with Learning Registry Better search support for metadata fields Highlighting related Resources Resource list sorting Browse by Common Core standards Localization Editing Resource Categories https://github.com/navnorth/wp-oer


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