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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

Some #IndieWeb Firsts

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I spent my time digging through my archives trying to find my first posts

My first (I think mention) of on Twitter:

( Cant find the meme, but I wanna know how I turned Kevin Marks into a kid on bike shouting"I want my IndieWeb") 

I think this post about reclaiming academic publishing on December 2, 2015 was my first ever to mention

I installed this Known instance on 2015-02-19. I have 14 intances currently running. My first post:

A post on trying to brigde and : 2015-12-19

First time using NoterLive to live blog an academic conference 2015-12-04

First time (of many more)trying to Tom Sawyer the community: 2015-09-17 of course Chris Aldrich was first to reply.

Greg McVerry

Agenda for Virtual IndieWeb MeetUp on Google+

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  • Intros-What did you like best about Google+ and do you have a website or blog?
  • What is the IndieWeb
  • Why its Important to Educators
  • My Workflow
    • webmentions
    • social readers
    • Open Pedagogy
  • Three Possible Path
    • Goal: Get started right away
    • Goal: WordPress, Blogger, and Known
    • Goal: DIY and help create building blocks
  • Get Involved
    • Get a Domain of your Own
    • Attend an IndieWeb Event
    • Join up, and help out

15-20 minutes for all this front matter stuff and then we can just hang, talk the web, and help each other out. Links coming soon.

Greg McVerry

Pulling the RipCord on WordPress #IndieWeb

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Gonna spend an hour freeing myself, or what ever is left after this blog post, from WordPress.

If jumping out of an airplane with a parachute ithat may or may not work is considered freedom.


  • Figure out how cache and sidebar.js work.
  • Port my homepage.
  • First up would be the CSS grid.
  • Most of the content is HTML.
  1. The article cards are one of the most liked feature of my students. Always marked has "helpful to exremely helpful" on surveys.
  2. May have to replace by feeds, when site is done I will manually add card. Not hard. Be an easy UI or
  3. Edventually convince folks we need a plugin where you can subscribe to feed and display card. Inoreader may have this feature.
    • The follow page will be easy. Need to add
<code><a class="u-follow-of" href="#">$Title</a> by <a class="h-card" href="">$name</a></code> for blogs with titles and <code><a class="u-follow-of" href="">$name</a> for blogs named for author.</code>


  • Image credits: I wont't be able to reproduce the creative commons overlay plugin John Johnston built me. Long term this needs to be a priority of IndieWeb community. Attribution defends the commons. I like having a page of curated photos. It says something about me and provides h/t to artist who openly share
  • My P&T Binder, each post is on my blog somewhere. I can rebuild that collection.
  • About me is easy. That is just a giant h-card.
  • Migrating post.....scary....there are WordPress import plugins but how the post types used in the post-kind plugin get parsed and then redisplayed.....hopefully just defaults back to note, but this will require testing. scary...gonna wait.
  • Known CSS. I need to make it mine. Especially comments. I want to style those more. Speaking of comments I have no idea how webmentions, would or could migrate. Maybe WP site has to just stay up as archive.

Greg McVerry

Designing an #IndieWeb Course Template

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So my long term goal is to help create a decntralized LMS powered by tools and philosophies.

To that end I needed to redesign my course templates.

I started with my live course: and went at it.

My first goal was to add h-card and h-event microformats.

I then shared some of my progress and folks were wondering why I still used Bootstrap and not CSS Grid and flexbox. ...Mainly because I didn't knwo how. So I had to learn those.

I may have made quite a few errors as I cobbled it together.

What is next?

I could not for the life of me get the side nav javascript I usually use to work. Will contine on that.

The font awesoem icons simply would not center. I tried everything. Except the right thing.

I really like a collapsible side bar with a full screen sections but I figured the holy grail was good place to start.

Where to find it?

Here is the GitHub repo:

Here is Glitch:

Here is Thimble:

Progress on classroom

Course Template (done)

Syllabus Template (not started), but it is just updating to CSS grid as well

Choosing blogging/microbloggin option for students (in progress)

Tutorials (not started)

Figuring out and installing Apeture and getting a MicroSub reader for the class (no where near ready).


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Microformats I would like in remixable #indieweb classrooms

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Spent some time today going through and thinkign about what the minimal mark up would be for remixable course repositories:

 Thinking something like:


The h-learning micromat is for making up online classrooms or learning materials:

  • p-module used if a lesson or activity is part of a bigger module
  • p-lesson used if in an activity is part of a bigger lesson
  • p-goal Goal of the learning activity
  • p-objectives measurable outcomes of a lesson
  • p-steps the procudeures a learner or teacher will use
  • p- assessment how will the objectives be measured
  • p-criteria what criteria will be used to measure success
  • p-evidence what will the learner demonstrate to prove criteria have been met.

So a possible lesson page might be:

<h3 class="p-module">My Unit</h3>

<h4 class="p-lesson">Lesson one</h4>

<p class="p-goal">The goal of this lesson is to build yoru first website</p>

   <ul class="p-objective">

      <li>Find a shared host</li>

      <li>Launch a website</li>

      <li>Publish about me page</li>


<div class="p-steps">

    <h4> The Plan </h4>

      <ul >

         <li>step one</li>

         <li>step two</li>



<p class="p-assessment>This will be assessed during a project showcase your peers will score you using a rubric.</p>

<p class="p-criteria> Your website will be judged on x, y, z</p>

<p class="p-evidence>Evidence may include x,yz,</p>

Not sure if any of this would work but it seems simple to ask. Not sure who you ask to make it happen but that is probably even easier.


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I went to sketch my notes on the smallest #openbadges idea using #indieweb stuff and ended up sketching the MicroPub and MicroSub LMS I want

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I got carried away and what I am saying may not be technically correct but I belive it to be technically possible.

Greg McVerry

Possible Interview Questions

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Going with a semi-structured interview protocol

How long have you been an WordPress user?

What drew you to try out plug-ins on WordPress?

How would you rate your understandings of the technlogies that make it all work?

Do you know what plug-ins you usee?

To the best of your recollection try to recall your set up process.

What is the best part of using WordPress plug-ins?

What do you believe we should change to make it easier for WordPress users to utilize plug-ins?



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#OER and #indieweb

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Not sure if anyone else is thinking about how compatible technologies can help and but here is a great California grant opportunity.

Greg McVerry

My Next #indieweb task

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So I got my blogs (well the ones I use a lot) updated and running smoothly. I was looking for my next project and I have decided I am going to focus on streamlining my course workflow and also utilizing microformats when makring up my courses.

Here's my problem. I try to host all my courses in html/css. It makes remixing and sharing so much easier than locking htem behind a unverisity silo. I then also try and mantain these on GitHub.

Things quickly fall out of sync. My syllabus, my course site, and my repos are never the same.

Here is my solution: Create a system where I can update a course module template and this will immediatley update both my website and my syllabus.

Be really cool if I could do this right from my repo. If not I can just sftp into my sites to update.

I really want to to do this because I am intrigued by altmetrics. A solution like that has been a dream of our study group.

Quick punchlist:

  • Update frameworks. Syllabus uses Skelteon and classes use Bootstrap. Probably make them both Bootstrap,
  • Change all the font awesome icons to 5.0.
  • Figure out when using microformats if there are already conventions used in and learning spaces.
  • Finalize my instructional design for my modules. I am really close but this work will be important for next steps.
  • Figure out best way to serve up the modules in html. Here I am at the edge of my knowledge. Should be fun.