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  • Waterloo, Ontario
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Lots of questions about web team structures
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Started this discussion. Last reply by ehodgso Dec 15, 2010.

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Megan McDermott replied to Jay Massey's discussion Creating an Environment of Innovation
"This is something I'm struggling with as well. right now. We have an IT department trying to take more of the web "pie" in their conservative (supportable, maintainable, low-risk) style. This from an university that is trying to brand…"
Feb 2, 2011
ehodgso replied to Megan McDermott's discussion Lots of questions about web team structures
"1. We are Web Communications 2. We report to the Executive Director, Strategic Communications 3. We have a full-time director that does just about everything now. We have two students that handle daily updates and small projects. And we have been…"
Dec 15, 2010
Steve replied to Megan McDermott's discussion Lots of questions about web team structures
"1) Decentralized.  There are staff in IT and Marketing and Admissions who focus primarily on Web stuff.  Proposed merger dropped on concerns of "other duties" and no funds to backfill those duties after primary responsibility…"
Dec 15, 2010
Michael Fienen replied to Megan McDermott's discussion Lots of questions about web team structures
"Ooooooh. These are always a good time. Me (Director of Web Marketing) and a student Web Marketing > Assoc. VP of Marketing and Communication > VP of University Advancement > President See #1. I do basically everything with respect to…"
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Riley Wills replied to Megan McDermott's discussion Lots of questions about web team structures
"Let me try to help fuel this thread. :-)   1) We are "Online Marketing" we consist of director, writers, head editors, editors, and developers 2) We report to University Marketing 3) 5+ (Student workers are hired as needed); you can…"
Dec 14, 2010
Megan McDermott posted a discussion

Lots of questions about web team structures

Hi Everyone, I posted this a few weeks ago on the uwwebd mailing list but I was hoping to get some more responses here. I've been asked to put together a proposal for a central web team. As part of this they would like some documentation on best practices at other universities.Our school has about 30,000 students, so I'm particularly interested in larger, decentralized institutions but any responses will be helpful.Questions:How is the team structured at your University?Who do you report to?…See More
Dec 10, 2010
Megan McDermott replied to Michael Fienen's discussion Compliant filed against Penn State regarding web accessibility
"I can see your point, Michael. I tend to ride the fence a little bit on accessibility too. I agree that it's extremely important, and I also agree with Seth in that if you follow web standards and basic best practices you can do 80% of it…"
Nov 30, 2010

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Employer?
University of Waterloo
Website:
http://uwaterloo.ca
Personal Website:
http://meganmcdermott.com
List three areas of expertise or specialization.
design, CSS, content design
What CMS are you using?
Drupal (setup in progress)
What department or office are you in?
Communications
Primary Job Responsibility
Overseeing the front end of the Waterloo web presence - the home page and related areas, plus various other sites & applications that Communications maintains.
Number of students at your institution
30000

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