I'm a new member here, though I've been utilizing the site for quite some time. I have been working in admissions for a year now, and only responsible for a small portion of our school's website. However, I am thinker and always looking for what is out there and what is great to take to the next level.
Recently Customer Relations and Communication (a department in OIT) was tasked to develop a way for enrolled students to answer a poll question about technology. The parameters of the poll were/are that only enrolled students could submit, that we needed at least 500 votes in 30 days, we couldn't use commercially available (free or otherwise) polling tools, and here is the crazy part we had no incentives to get students to participate (short of me handing them 5 bucks each from my own million… Continue
I'm scheduled to do a presentation with the developer of accessibletwitter.com, Dennis Lembree, at the 25th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. This year for the first time it is in San Diego. Hope to see you all there!
"For 2010, it is safe to expect that Twitter will not see a diminished roll in university marketing and admissions strategy plans. However, it’s hard to avoid that some people will be coming to the web guys to have them set up their admissions office with Twitter (or will do it themselves), but then will do very little with it, feeling like they ‘just need to have it to be current.’ Should that happen to you, I wanted to share some of the best uses of Twitter that universities are doing… Continue
I recently put out a call for help on Twitter (#heweb09) to get some data on Admitted Students Social Networking sites. I didn't get a huge response but I got enough to help me move forward. As promised, I said I'd post the info on this site. THANK YOU to all who helped!
I'll leave the poll open and if I get any more responses, I'll post an update in a few weeks.… Continue
Added by Theresa on November 9, 2009 at 1:27pm —
As I begin the college lifestyle again, I will be actually in the offices of the school and not in the classrooms. I have started my new job here at NCTC as the Webmaster. I prefer a different name as I am no master of the web at all. I prefer the title "the new web-guy" or just "web-guy". I have the responsiblity of a total redesign of the school's website. This will be a major undertaking. So stay tuned.......
"If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have caught on that I recently got into the book Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig, one of many that I’ve been meaning to check off my least of to-reads. Let me spoil the review by telling you not to bother reading the review,… Continue
Our PR department is currently searching for a more comprehensive user-friendly email marketing campaign software. They are currently using Constant Contact and unfortunately it is not meeting their needs. We would like to send Happy Birthday notes, major holdiays, pur campus newsletter, etc.
This week I presented at the 2009 eduWeb conference in Chicago. My talk, entitled "A Bird in the Hand: Twitter as a Higher Ed Communications Tool," presented some of the reasons why institutions of higher education might want to use Twitter and provide some tips and techniques for getting such a project off the ground. The powerpoint of my presentation is…
We've just launched our newest feature - The 2009-2010 Catalog - Department of Graduate and Professional Studies. It's all built in WordPress. Check it out: http://content.nichols.edu/course_catalogs/gps/
The new site uses a plugin to manage the sidebar navigations - Page Lists Plus - see that here: http://www.technokinetics.com/plugins/page-lists-plus/. Other than that, it's a standard WordPress install with custom built theme.
Last week I attended An Event Apart, Boston (http://aneventapart.com/). It was excellent.
For any that weren't able to attend this year, you can read A Feed Apart (http://afeedapart.com/). It's an unofficial feed aggregator of the twitter posts of attendees while the event was in progress. There are also photos posted on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/aeaboston09/).
If you haven't heard of An Event Apart, I would highly recommend it. It's the best conference I've… Continue
I am indeed not from another planet but this is indeed my first post. Don't get me wrong I have read my share of blogs, but I guess I never thought I had anything important to say. I'm quite sure I still don't but I'll never know if I don't try.
In his opening keynote at the Information Architecture Summit 2009, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch, of Kansas State University, asked the room of user experience designers: "How can we create an environment that creates the kind of community and the kind of people we want?" It’s arguably self-aggrandizing to think we are engineering types of people, however Wesch, and later Jesse James Garrett, reminded us of McLuhan’s observation: "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape…
"Implementing a content governance plan, complete with workflows and approvals, is essential when building a digital strategy for your site. Register for our upcoming webcast with Stamats to learn best practices for content governance. "
"Change is inevitable, and you want to make sure your content is still consistent after you reorganize your site. Check out the importance of using dependency tags in OU Campus to make sure both your site visitors and search engines can still find…"
"Planning a dream kitchen is like redesigning a website. It's easy to change the colors, but if the content doesn't provide what users need, your site visitors will not find value. So where do you start?"
"Your website’s voice helps drive your brand and deliver consistency across your site. In our latest blog post, Jim Heiney from Lock Haven University shows how to keep that consistency using OU Campus."
Just a brief note to inform all University developers that we have just published a new ranking of the top 200 Universities in Facebook based on the number of likes (fans count) each Facebook page has. Visit http://www.4icu.org/top-universities-facebook/For the US listing of all Universities in Facebook and their fans count popularity please visit…See More
So way back in "the day" (eight or so years ago), our employee/student email inboxes were routinely deluged with 40+ individual email messages per day due to the "campus-wide" email lists being open for anyone here to send messages to.Enough people eventually decried the situation, so we came up with an email/website "publication" that was basically akin to a "daily digest email" of what were originally individual messages.This was highly successful and took a large part of the burden off of…See More
Just a suggestion regarding a sustainable future for UWEBD (software platform). When I was at OmniUpdate we migrated from Ning to SocialEngine. SE has a Ning 2 import tool: http://get.socialengine.com/ning/ The process was pretty smooth for…"