University Web Developers

University Web Developers

So most likely everyone is in the same boat I'm in. People think that because it's almost summer time that we chill out and take it easy... YEAH RIGHT! Summer is when we actually get to work on projects for the website because there aren't a million distractions with little updates and so in so has this super important thing that needs to go up.

So anyways what projects are people working on this summer? This is sort of an open thread, but I'm curious about new technologies people are introducing or site initiatives.

I'll even do the honor of going first:

1. Major project to pushing the Academics section of the site with a marketing push toward projective students.
2. Revamping video player to videos to have more control over channels and access. Possibly looking at other streaming options and player functionality.
3. Site Audit
4. Spring cleaning (or I guess it's more appropriate to call it summer cleaning). Updating photography, SEO tightening the whole site, perfecting CSS and increasing site usability.


That was actually helpful to get the planning of the summer under way. :)

So really nothing revolutionary, just making everything we have better and cleaner.

Tags: audit, projects, site, summer

Views: 24

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

this summer i'll be working a site audit, revamping my editorial calendar/schedule, proposing new interactive features, and moving to phase 2 of our complete site redesign.
I'm going to be
*converting my websites to use PHP includes instead of Dreamweaver Templates
*adding Google Analytics to all the websites
Hey Kyle

I'll be migrating our blogs from Manila to WordPress MU. So far, it's a quagmire of conversion heck! Convert from Manila to WP, then shuttle to WPMU, then clean up all the stray gremlins ... Then start themeing away. ack! Also, begin planning a Community Site for Accepted Applicants (Admiss.) which I will probably build out in Drupal.

The summer was my only window.

Cass
This summer is going to be a busy one. We'll probably begin the first steps towards migrating to a CMS. Part of this means going through our web server and doing some major cleaning to see if we can reduce the overall file size to make it easier to move and also more portable for backup and off-site replication in case of emergencies.

On the fun side, we're hoping to develop a lot more media content (videos, podcasts, soundslides) to help promote the arts specifically, but also give prospective students a better look at what the campus environment is really like. That means more toys - new iMacs, cameras, audio gear.

I'm also looking at streaming options - now that Flash player 9 can play H.264 we can encode our video to a standard format and have both Quicktime or Flash as the front end for progressive download videos. For actual streaming, the Flash player will only connect to RTMP streams which means we would have to go with Flash Media Server, but they seemed to have dropped the price to about $1,000 now which is nice. The companion Flash Media Encoder 2.5 would work great for live webcasts. The other option would be Quicktime Broadcaster with QTSS on the back end.
Erik,

Have you looked at hosted streaming options like Nirvanix or Amazon S3? Sounds like your definitely looking to do everything on a local server.
I have been doing some research on CDNs and off-site storage - our network bandwidth capacity is somewhat limited. S3 seems to be just file storage, no streaming or delivery, and as far as I can tell data can only be accessed through SOAP and REST APIs. I'm not sure what that entails.

I've looked at Akamai, Limelight, Edgecast and Voxel, but they would likely be too expensive. I'll check out Nirvanix. We would probably be fine with just plain old storage without delivery services.
Our webmaster and I (I am the Web Content Editor) are in the midst of a major web overhaul:
-complete redesign
-implementation of a CMS
-all new content; legacy content outdated, etc.

I do wish that others would realize there are many departments that do not "chill" in the summer: Academic Affairs, Admissions, Financial Aid, IT, Marketing, Web development (the list goes on)...oh. Wait. I guess we all work hard in the summer. It is the best time to get large projects done.

Oh to be a student again and have those 8 weeks off!
For the first time ever, I will have summer help! So most of the focus will be on updating content, pruning dead links, and a site audit. Sounds like I may be able to get some usability testing done as well.

And there will be a lot of strategy work, I think. We really need a marketing plan, and we need to do it on our non-existent marketing budget.
We soft launch our new site/CMS next month, formal launch in August. For the most part that, and training people for it, will be my life for the next few months.

Also eduWeb in July, and I'd like to get a nice crisis page built in case of emergencies.
Hey Kyle,
I failed to find myself a good intern for the summer, so getting all of my projects done is going to be tough. I've got a lot to do:

Alumni redesign
Rebuild our news section using a blog
Build the mobile version of the site
Create a campus forum for our intranet
Rebuild the event calendar using Google Calendar
Update our faculty staff search from .Net 1.1 to 2.0

Everyone please cross their fingers for me!
1) CMS Training resource for our Sitecore end users. We've got a mass of documentation floating around in-house concerning CMS/user interaction, and official web policy. The goal is to condense this into a consistent Wiki-like format so power users can modify documentation and make improvements.

2) Weather site: Utilize NWS XML feeds to create an official site with 5-day forecast, current observations and any announcements (watches/warnings) sent out.

3) OIE Forms, forms and more forms. Our office of international education has students fill out a bevvy of forms prior to departure on study abroad -- the goal is to bring these online to make the whole process easier for students.

4) Reworking site CSS -- we lack a printer.css and small screen (mobile) CSS. These will be added..

5) Crisis web framework -- a stripped down version of our site to function in the event of an emergency. I envision static HTML and CSS only.
I love the wiki idea for official policy! Like you said it allows you to modify documents and make improvements easily! That's really interesting.

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Colleen Brennan-Barry posted a discussion

HighEdWeb Invites Nominations for Board of Directors

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.There are several open Director spots, due to growth and natural term expiration, and so HighEdWeb is now inviting nominations. Nominations (of yourself or…See More
yesterday
Beth Hastings posted a discussion

Web Designer opening - Columbia, Missouri

Job SummaryThe Web Designer position works closely with various college departments to create and maintain a college website that is marketing focused and content driven. This individual is a talented and creative graphic designer with strong background in designing modern and innovative web pages. The ability to implement the designs into working web pages using front-end development skills in HTML5 and CSS3 is key.Essential FunctionsDesign visually-appealing, innovative web pages and graphics…See More
yesterday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"New blog post from Jim Heiney of Lock Haven University: The Perils and Perks of Outside Consultants "
yesterday
Matt Herzberger replied to Doug Thompson's discussion Transitioning course catalog from old-school InDesign/PDF to web-based system...
"More than anything I would suggest focusing on workflow and how you can manage the process similar to that of the offline pdf creation process. So might want to do a proof of concept with wordpress to see if you can pull it off and then also looked…"
Wednesday
Doug Thompson posted a discussion

Transitioning course catalog from old-school InDesign/PDF to web-based system...

So, the "powers that be" here are looking into various catalog systems...for next year.In the meantime, we're now working on our (hopefully last) old-school InDesign/PDF catalog, and I got to thinking...maybe it would be a good thing to do some sort of web-based static page (to keep it simple, for now) catalog this time around, to make the transition next year to whatever catalog system the "powers that be" decide upon an easier one.We have a Wordpress instance and then we have our regular…See More
Tuesday
Edward Terry posted a discussion

Web Designer - Austin, TX

I have this open only for a day or so. Please let me know if I can answer any questions.http://www5.austincc.edu/ehire/posting/online_version.php?job_num=1410053See More
Monday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Join us on Thursday, May 28 at 11 am PT when Becky Vardaman and Robyn Anderson from Converge Consulting and our very own Rich Paul discuss the impact of Google's recent mobile-friendly update. Register now!"
May 15
Ronna Johnston added a discussion to the group Mobile
Thumbnail

Conference Mobile App

We are hosting a large conference in 2016 and looking for a simple mobile app to use, we don't have time to build one in house. Just something with venue info and sessions as a base. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks much!Ronna JohnstonUniversity of Northern ColoradoSee More
May 14
Brent Schneider joined DNI's group
Thumbnail

Cascade Server CMS

For folks who use (or are interested in) Hannon Hill's Cascade Server CMS productSee More
May 14
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"New article featured in Career College Central about course catalogs by Lance Merker: "Going Mobile: Five Steps to a Mobile-Friendly Course Catalog"  "
May 14
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"A BIG OmniUpdate welcome to Iowa Western Community College!"
May 13
Jeff Rauschert replied to Katie Ryan Lambert's discussion Website Redesign - Change Management & Communications
"Katie, we are in the same boat as you. We will be changing to a site that focuses more on prospective students, moving non-related content to SharePoint. We have similar concerns but are going in with a plan of cutting our number of content authors…"
May 13
Profile IconJeff Rauschert and Steve Kellman joined University Web Developers
May 13
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Rogue websites can cause all kinds of problems for your higher ed website, but how do you stop them for good? Check out these steps in today's blog post "Taming the Beast: Rogue Websites in Higher Ed" Taming the Beast: Rogue…"
May 12
BlueNorma joined Lynn Zawie's group
Thumbnail

OmniUpdate

Share your experiences using OmniUpdate CMS
May 7
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congratulations to University of Michigan School of Public Health for going live in OU Campus v10 with design by Michigan Creative! sph.umich.edu  "
May 7
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Today's blog post sums up the Higher Ed Live Special Edition broadcast, “The Catalog to End All Catalogs,” with Nathan Gerber from Utah Valley University and Dawn Truelsen from Fresno State. Get the scoop! "
May 5
Marj Esch is now a member of University Web Developers
May 5
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"This Friday May 8 at 10 am PT Higher Ed Live will present "Communication United: Social Media and Your Website" featuring Elizabethtown College and Pepperdine University. Mark your calendars!  "
May 4
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Miss out on your chance to take advantage of Table Transformations in OU Campus? We've got you covered! Watch the latest Training Tuesday now."
May 1

UWEBD has been in existence for more than 10 years and is the very best email discussion list on the Internet, in any industry, on any topic

About

© 2015   Created by Mark Greenfield.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service