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WordPress introduces a new default theme every year, and this year it’s called … twenty fourteen. It’s a very clean and dramatic looking magazine-style theme with lots of possibilities. As usual, out-of-the-box it’s fairly plain; but we’ve created a version of it with some extra goodies…. Cross posted from here.

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Pirate Patch Badge Project

Pirate Patch Badge Project


Posted By on Apr 24, 2012

The Pirate Patch project was created in response to a need by the Freshman Studies group to create an involvement device for the incoming Freshman class. Studies have shown that there are certain non-academic indicators for academic success in the first year of college, things like belonging to clubs, being part of activities, attending events.

The Program is a way of giving a tangible reward for certain types of activities. Building off of the Mozilla Open Badges project, we added the refinement of a points system and “level-up” badges.

The pilot phase offered a one-point badge for members of the incoming class who found the link on the PirateNet log-in screen. Then, other points were awarded at preview days for students who found QR codes at various buildings around campus and snapped them with their smart phones.

Students who found five or more were automatically awarded a five-point bonus “Curious Pirate” badge.

The project was built on a LAMP platform. The database is tied to the students user IDs in the campus’ authentication system. Awards are identified by hashes that encrypt information about them.

To accommodate more advanced badges that will actually recognize earned credentials, we support Mozilla’s “bake” process, which gives a downloadable image that has encoded within it links to the requirements that the student had to meet, as well as proof that the badge was awarded to that student.

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The Institute of Museum Ethics

The Institute of Museum Ethics


Posted By on Aug 22, 2011

The old site for the IME was looking a little bit dated, as well as somewhat juvenile. Plus, it was very hard to manage, with a steep learning curve for the G.A. — a new student every year.

By putting it into WordPress and giving it a sleek and professional new design, the Institute’s news and work are highlighted in a dynamic way, and can be kept fresh with just a few minutes work on the administrator screen.

Institute of Museum Ethics.

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Susan Glaspell Society

Susan Glaspell Society


Posted By on May 18, 2011

Previously hosted at academic.shu.edu/glaspell, the site for the society dedicated to research on this early 20th Century feminist author and playwrite needed a makeover.

Before

Built on the Expressions Web platform, it had become a tangled nest of code that was very, very difficult for the webmaster to manage. The resistance level was high enough, in fact, that updates simply weren’t getting made.

A day spent porting over into a new WordPress site the old content, building categories and menus, and a new Cape Cod-themed masthead, and it is now ready for new content to be quickly and easily incorporated.

The content is arranged into a multi-level structure by type and by year; performance records of the author’s plays are arranged by title as well.

After

The new site is here, and it makes me want to get some of her books out of the library.

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