OpenLCC + WordPress Multisite: A Revolution in Higher Ed.

Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup
Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup
Public group

Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, on Woodward, South of Witherell, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Location image of event venue


Come join us as Jim Luke, a professor from Lansing Community College introduces OpenLCC ( and explains how WordPress is powering a revolution in higher education.

The future of higher education is open – having students and faculty publish, create, learn, and write in public on the open Web. In the process, students are developing digital literacy/digital citizenship and creating their own identities and portfolios on the open Web.

They become creators and publishers, not just passive consumers of news feeds and social media. Eventually they become a new generation of publishers on the Web.

Agenda for this Meetup

6:30pm: Welcome and intro to the group
6:40pm: Presentation
8:00pm: Q & A
8:10pm: End and thanks to the sponsors
8:15pm: Begin Networking
8:30pm: Time to go

Sponsors: A2 Hosting ( & Grand Circus (

Presentation Overview

Thirty universities nationwide have embraced programs called “Domains of One’s Own” so that faculty and students can create their own permanent websites and manage their own web hosting. LCC is the first community college in the nation to start its own Domains of One’s Own project, called (

Jim, the creator of the (, will share some examples of the many different and interesting applications of WP that are being developed, as well as the challenges and opportunities they present.

Speaker Bio

Jim Luke is a nationally known speaker and pioneer on open, connected, and networked learning in higher education. A Professor of Economics and the Creator of the Open Learning Lab at Lansing Community College, Jim attributes much of the success students experience in his courses to WordPress and what it allows him and his students to do.

His experimentation with educational technology led him to found Malartu, Inc., a nonprofit that supports faculty in higher education. publically available at online courses ( economics blog (

Volunteer List:

Set Up -

Greeting - Randy Walker

Notes -

Photography -

We need volunteers... for photography, taking/publishing notes on our blog, greeting people when they arrive, setting up, and tweeting.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this, or any meetup, just let the host of the meetup know. You will get in the meetup you help at for free if you volunteer, we appreciate the help.

Parking and Venue information

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the third floor. Turn left when you get off the elevator, then turn right and look for the signs directing you to the room.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited free street parking on the streets.

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space.

Here's parking information from Grand Circus' website (PDF). (

Note: with the M-1 rail construction downtown, it will be challenging to maneuver downtown streets and find street parking. Stay current on the construction by visiting the M-1 construction page (

Please note that if there are less than 10 people registered, we'll cancel event and notify everyone by Sunday before meetup.

Everyone wanting to attend the meetup must register online. No walk-ins.