University Web Developers

University Web Developers

Our communications department is looking to give some voice to our student body and consequently we are creating a blog outlet for a few students to write on. I'm in the process of creating this blog section using Drupal and I'm feeling a little too generic when it comes to the layout and content of the sidebar and such.

So far I've got three page types: the main blog page (which aggregates all of the student blogs), the individual blogger pages, and the individual blog article pages. The main changes that might/could be on those pages would be what resides in a right sidebar. I've decided that we should have at least these items in the sidebar: a blogger profile, article archive, and maybe a "latest activity" block. 

So my question to this esteemed community is: are there any examples of schools that have student bloggers? And does anybody have any tips about what should or should not be included in such a setup? 

Thanks in advance!

Views: 64

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Best advice I can give - don't clutter the layout. We've been using WordPress and I'm hoping we get a locally hosted version soon so I can use plugins to solve some of that problem. Highlighting the bloggers themselves and the most recent post for each might be your best bet.
I'll be giving some advice on student bloggers tomorrow as a part of the free eRecruitment Forum! Not quite about design, etc. but some different ideas for not just having "another student blogger program."

http://www.erecruitmentforum.com/reg.html
I checked out your video, good concepts and ideas. Thanks!
Here is how I may create such a section for showcasing our students, which looks like you have a good idea of what needs to be done

I would create a colorful/friendly landing page, w/ a picture of each student, w/ their name major, anticipated graduation year, and the title of their latest post, postmarked.

Then a link to their bio, which will also show the three most recent posts, w/ a 200+ character summary, w/ the 5-10 most recent posts on the left or right column.

Maybe include a video of each student and maybe include a link to their facebook, possibly a facebook that is their "school facebook" account and not their personal. Also include RSS feeds, not that many potential students are using RSS readers, but its nice to include it, and maybe include the blogs on a facebook fan page and display the most recent posts on the current, future student sections of the websites.

Also, maybe include a photo gallery so each student can include photos.

Are you unsure if Drupal can provide such functionality easily? If so, let me know, I can help you get this done.

Hope some of this helped.
I am a little new to Drupal and I'm getting the hang of Views and Blocks and whatnot. I think I should be able to create a block using views of "recent posts" but if I run into difficulty I may take you up on your offer of help.

A question about Drupal: if I'm not mistaken, RSS feeds are automatically created for every user, right? That may be sufficient enough for me.

I'm hoping to have a blog space up within the next few weeks so maybe I can show the end results of all these tips.
Agreed on the thanks! These have all been useful answers!

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Sara Kisseberth posted a discussion

Archived magazine stories

Greetings,What are you all doing online with "old" magazine stories? Do you delete issues after so  many years? 5 years? 10? I'm torn between keeping all on for historical purposes or keeping just a few years online to simplify the site (ala Gerry McGovern.) Curious as to what you see best practices being.ThanksSara KisseberthBluffton Universitywww.bluffton.eduSee More
Jun 10
Erin Jorgensen posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2020 Accessibility Summit

The HighEdWeb 2020 Accessibility Summit is a one-day, online conference about digital accessibility in higher education happening June 25, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.Join in to learn best practices, share stories and connect with your higher ed peers on topics including social media accessibility, web development, user experience and more. Sessions are designed to boost knowledge at every level, from accessibility beginners to technical experts. Conference registration is $25, with…See More
May 29
Erin Jorgensen is now a member of University Web Developers
May 29
Christine Boehler posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2020 Annual Conference - ONLINE

October 19-20, 2020https://2020.highedweb.org/#HEWeb20     Join us ONLINE for HighEdWeb 2020, the conference created by and for higher education professionals across all departments and divisions. Together we explore and find solutions for the unique issues facing digital teams at colleges and universities. In 2020, the Conference will be held completely online, offering multiple tracks of streamed presentations, live…See More
May 3
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Throughout April, we're hosting webcasts exploring how colleges and universities across North America are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for the series today! https://bit.ly/2xsXhK9"
Apr 13
Christelle Lachapelle is now a member of University Web Developers
Apr 6
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Download our latest white paper to learn how the demographics of today’s higher ed learners are shifting, and how schools can adapt to meet the needs of these new learners. https://bit.ly/2wTKdgB"
Mar 31
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Join our next webcast with Amrit Ahluwalia from The EvoLLLution to learn about the new "modern learner" in higher education. https://bit.ly/2UuDh2I"
Mar 30
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"As we ride out the latest developments and impact of the coronavirus, there's no better time than now to learn the three Bs of crisis planning. http://bit.ly/2ITVkc2"
Mar 16
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Is your college or university prepared to meet the challenges that come with disasters and emergencies like the coronavirus? Learn how your CMS can help. http://bit.ly/2TUZUM8"
Mar 12
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Can’t afford the time and money to launch a comprehensive guided pathways model? Register for our FREE webcast to learn tricks for simulating a digital guided pathways experience."
Feb 21
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"With college enrollment decreasing for the 8th year in a row, boosting your college or university marketing efforts is more important than ever. Here's how to get started. http://bit.ly/2vTQAzz"
Feb 20
Christine Boehler posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2020 Annual Conference

October 18-21, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USAhttps://2020.highedweb.org/#HEWeb20     Join us for HighEdWeb 2020, the conference created by and for higher education professionals across all departments and divisions. Together we explore and find solutions for the unique issues facing digital teams at colleges and universities. With 100+ diverse sessions, an outstanding keynote presentation, intensive workshops, and engaging networking events,…See More
Feb 19
Christine Boehler posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2020 Call for Proposals is Open!

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, this October 18-21 — and the call for proposals is now open! As a digital professional in higher education, we know you have great ideas and experiences to share. From developers, marketers and programmers to managers, designers, writers and all team members in-between, HighEdWeb provides valuable professional development for all who want to explore the unique…See More
Feb 14
Christine Boehler shared Sara Clark's discussion on Facebook
Feb 14
Christine Boehler is now a member of University Web Developers
Feb 14
Brian Bell joined Kevin Daum's group
Feb 14
Brian Bell joined Mark Greenfield's group
Feb 14
Kenneth George is now a member of University Web Developers
Feb 13
John Sterni is now a member of University Web Developers
Feb 6

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

© 2020   Created by Mark Greenfield.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service