[teknoids] WPCampus Survey Results on WordPress in Higher Education

Barney, Emily ebarney at kentlaw.iit.edu
Fri Jul 22 11:57:26 EDT 2016


Not sure how a forwarded blog post will work w/ Teknoids, but this is
useful info for anyone running WordPress in higher education:

blog post from WordPress Tavern: http://wp.me/pBMYe-f29
survey data: http://bit.ly/WPCampusStudy

Emily Barney
Technology Development & Training Librarian
Chicago-Kent Law Library
email: ebarney at kentlaw.iit.edu

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From: WordPress Tavern <donotreply at wordpress.com>
Date: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 6:57 PM
Subject: [New post] WPCampus Survey Results Indicate Misconceptions of
WordPress Are Slowing its Growth in Higher Education
To: ebarney at kentlaw.edu


Jeff Chandler posted: "Before the first inaugural WPCampus took place last
weekend, the organizing team conducted a survey to learn how WordPress is
used in higher education. A total of 486 people responded to the survey.
Modern Tribe has not only made the survey results availa"

New post on *WordPress Tavern*
<https://wptavern.com/?author=2> WPCampus Survey Results Indicate
Misconceptions of WordPress Are Slowing its Growth in Higher Education
<https://wptavern.com/wpcampus-survey-results-indicate-misconceptions-of-wordpress-are-slowing-its-growth-in-higher-education>
by
Jeff Chandler <https://wptavern.com/?author=2>

Before the first inaugural WPCampus
<https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiu7Z-n0IXOAhVFXh4KHcKCC1EQFgggMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwpcampus.org%2F&usg=AFQjCNH1odGXaBSwPYmfaJjPU7Y5Tly0Rw&sig2=QYiKBmWe3O5pDiPJvmwu-A>
took
place last weekend, the organizing team conducted a survey
<https://wptavern.com/help-wpcampus-gather-data-on-how-schools-and-campuses-use-wordpress>
to learn how WordPress is used in higher education. A total of 486 people
responded to the survey. Modern Tribe has not only made the survey results
available to the public <http://bit.ly/WPCampusStudy>, they have also
published an in-depth
<http://tri.be/blog/wpcampus-survey-wordpress-trends-in-education/> review
of the data.

There are a couple of items that stand out to me. Misconceptions that have
plagued WordPress for years are affecting people's decision to use it.

For instance, 18% of respondents said scalability is a barrier to being
accepted at their school. Meanwhile, 37% of respondents said that
WordPress' reputation of being *just a blogging platform* hindered its
ability to be the platform of choice.

The WordPress showcase <https://wordpress.org/showcase/> is filled with
sites both large and small that prove WordPress' scalability. It's also
filled with sites that show WordPress is used for far more than blogging.

As WordPress continues to evolve from being a blogging platform to
something capable of doing much more, it's disappointing that this
misconception still exists. Is there any hope that people can discover and
realize that blogging is something WordPress is great at, but at its core,
provides people the ability to go above and beyond?

Another fascinating part of the survey is the security aspect where 42% of
respondents reported that they do not have a list of vetted plugins for
their network. In addition, 13% of respondents said their networks are not
running the latest version of WordPress.

How survey questions are asked can be the difference between receiving
actionable or unusable data. ModernTribe acknowledges that the questions in
future versions of the survey can be worded better to increase the
accuracy of data.

If you take a look at the multi-part question we used to help qualify the
institutions represented in the survey, you’ll that it could have been
written much better. Since the main part of the question was mandatory, the
survey also made the subsection where you could input your URL mandatory as
well.

Other areas we can improve include better categorization for
multiple-choice questions, including an option for 'n/a' or 'I don’t know'
in more questions, and fewer write-in responses.

If you're interested in reviewing the survey results, you can access them
via this spreadsheet <http://bit.ly/WPCampusStudy> on Google Docs.

For those that didn't get a chance to attend WPCampus in person or watch it
live, I highly encourage you to read this review
<http://davidbisset.com/wpcampus-review/> from David Bisset, who has
organized a number of large WordPress conferences. There's also this review
<https://calderawp.com/2016/07/wpcampus-2016-recap/> by Josh Pollock of
CalderaWP. Last but not least, Adam Warner shares his experience
<https://wpdistrict.sitelock.com/blog/wp-campus-a-wordpress-event-focused-on-higher-education/>
on the SiteLock blog.

What do you think of the WPCampus survey results? Is there any data that
surprises you? Let us know in the comments.
*Jeff Chandler <https://wptavern.com/?author=2>* | July 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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