Web Redesign Project
Welcome to our web redesign project page. What you will find here are topics that are under consideration by the Website & Social Media Sub Committee. You will also find recommendations that this committee makes to the Campus Technology Oversite Committee (CTOC). In turn, decisions of CTOC will be posted here.
November 18, 2013
Soft Roll Out
Please welcome the draft of the UCC website redesign! It’s open NOW for you to check it out, and please give us your opinion:
We’re looking for feedback from Nov. 18th – Dec. 20th. That will let the web designer, Art, use the bulk of January to focus on getting everything up for the website final roll-out, which we hope to have ready in Winter term!
A few important notes about the draft website-
- It is available on the campus networks only. You can access it on campus computers, branch campus locations, and the UCC Guest wireless network (try viewing the site with your tablet or smartphone). You cannot see it on outside networks (i.e. from home.)
- Please use the “New Website Feedback” buttons on the pages to send us comments! We really appreciate your feedback.
- Because this is still in draft form, not all the pages and links are done yet! We’ve put things up so you can get a sense of what the site is heading towards, but there is still a lot of content to be written / built.
- On that note—if you see a page that is missing text, that’s likely a work in progress. If you can’t find something important at all, then please let us know! We want to make sure we’re not overlooking any major “holes” in the website.
- How can you find things? The SEARCH bar in the upper-right works, hooray!
- On the “still being developed” side, the A-Z Index is not available yet (We’ll build the index closer to the final roll out.)
The Web Designer and the Website & Social Media Subcommittee have been working hard on the redesign, and we’re excited by the possibilities it gives the campus on the web—hopefully you might be, too. We’re excited to share it with everyone, so please let us know what you think (and what we missed!)
October 1, 2013
We have been showing the "unpublished" new website to faculty, staff and students. So far, we have gotten positive responses. Since we have also singled out the top content on the current site, we have been hard at work building out that content and more. Our process involves refining the content on the current site and then moving it over to the new site. In some cases, we are building areas on the new site from scratch. In any case, the Web Services group (Arthur Lucero and Susie Day) have been contacting and will continue to contact content "stakeholders" (faculty and staff) so that we can collaborate on the building out of content on the new website.
What is the timeline? Glad you asked. Our target "soft roll out" date for campus preview of the new website is mid-November. Stay tuned for more announcements!
Aug 20, 2013
Its about time that we start showing you some screenshots of what the new site will look like. We have been getting lots of positive feedback from those who have seen the new site under contruction and the Website and Social Media Subcommittee has been moving ahead in the taxonomy, design and content of the site.
The screenshots below are meant to give you an idea of how the new site will look. Refinements are continuing.
The home page has been streamlined with fewer links. The menu is based on the taxonomy that we put forth in our previous post. Rotating pictures with captioning and links are available so that we can callout new and interesting events, services and activities at UCC. Top news events are featured on the home page as well. Along with quick links, search and events calendar, there are an abundance of ways to find what you are looking for.
Program pages (located under Areas of Study) have been completely redesigned. Transfer programs, degrees and certificates pages in the same subject group are all connected together by the right-hand menu. Each program page presents a general description, careers, brochures, catalog information and a contact. A "Next Steps" menu helps new students start down the path to getting started.
Faculty and Staff Profile Page
Staff and Faculty profile pages are a new feature that will make it easier for a student to find and or contact his/her teacher. The pages will generally contain all UCC related contact information. In addition, a fillable web form is provided so that web visitors can send a message to any faculty or staff member.
Another new feature is the ability to add a custom blog. Blogs will be deployed, for example, in the IT & Innovation area of the website (shown) and in the Campus Life area. Of course other blogs can be deployed depending upon the need and application.
Campus Life Page
The Campus Life section of the new website will connect students to campus activities in a variety of ways. First they will be connected to things they can do or attend on campus. Then they will find out how they can get involved on campus through student leadership and clubs.
July 8, 2013
Taxonomy & Early Adopters
The Website and Social Media Subcommittee has been working hard on our new Website taxonomy (site organization). We are trying to use our guiding principles in this endeavor. We have divided our team into several working groups to focus on individual sections of the Taxonomy. You can examine the main sections of the site's new taxonomy below:
- Areas of Study
- Getting Started
- Cost & Aid
- Campus Life
- Resources & Services
- About UCC
- Future Students
- Current Students
- Community Ed
- Events & Ticketing
- Parents & Counselors
- Alumni & Foundation
In addition, we are building out the new site with "early adopters" of the new site which include various departments throughout the UCC campus. Some of the departments that have become early adopters are IT + Innovation, Engineering, Success Center, Community Relations and others. More to come!
May 6, 2013
Website Design Guiding Principles
The Website and Social Media Subcommittee has identified some guiding principles for the UCC Website design based on the strategic plan, and we discussed using these ideas to provide the background behind our decisions for making design recommendations for the Website. After some discussion, these are the statements the committee came up with so far:
• To create a Website that effectively serves students, faculty, staff and public visitors so that each user group finds a clear pathway to the information and services most important to each
• To promote UCC course offerings and services in a compelling way that prompts Website users to enroll and engage in them
• To create a Website that serves as a resource for students that run in to challenges while attending UCC
• To maintain a consistent look, feel and style and to provide the training necessary to empower UCC web editors to accomplish it
We will update and refine these guiding priciple as necessary. Stay tuned!
April 29, 2013
A Discussion of Web Redesign for Higher Ed
What are some discussion points for redesigning a web site for higher ed? The following link will connect you to a video that gives you some of the hot topics in the field. It is a bit long, so I have listed some of the top points:
• A mobile responsive site is not a luxury.
• When creating content, think mobile screen first.
• Information on college culture is important.
• Unmanaged / unregulated content is "killer". (ie Student blogger, Faculty blogger)
• You don't have to put everything on the home page.
• SEO helps students find information through search.
April 22, 2013
5 Redesign Tips
In case you are wondering what are some of the things we will be keeping in mind as we work through this web redesign process, we have this practical article that we have been using as we move forward. It explains some of the top points to consider in a large-scale web redesign project. View article.
April 19, 2013
Website & Social Media Subcommittee Update
Based on feedback from students and faculty we have done some minor clean up work on the umpqua.edu home page. Work is ongoing with the various departments and service groups to clean up website content. Please contact web services if you want access to a web editor account and training.
Joomla 3 was recommended to CTOC as the CMS to be used for the redesign. And CTOC accepted the proposal. So we will be moving forward with Joomla 3 as the underlying technology for the new web site.
Moving forward, the subcommittee will be working on:
- Using survey feedback and best practices from other websites to assist the web designer in developing a useful, functional organization for our website
- Working to create design recommendations for the website to take to CTOC for approval
- Social media guidelines & recommended best practices
- Communicating with campus about our progress!
What can faculty, staff and current web editors do to facilitate our redesign efforts at this point?
Please go to our website and check if the content for your certificate, degree program, or service area is correct, even if you are not a department chair or director. Is this information up-to-date? Is the contact information listed correct? You may also want to start thinking about the overall message of your content. Is you message easy to understand? Is it concise? This way, the content that we migrate to the new site is in good shape.
March 27, 2013
Content Management Systems
A diligent study of six content management systems (CMS) has been completed. A rubric was made to clearly see the features of each software side-by-side. Lorrie Ranck and Art Lucero of the IT + Innovation Division will narrow down the CMS products under consideration to about three and demonstrate those to the Web Site & Social Media Sub Committee. Then, the committee will make a recommendation to CTOC very soon. Choosing a CMS will be the first significant milestone in the web redesign project. Stay tuned!
March 11, 2013
Committee Meeting Summary
Writing style and fonts are under consideration. It has been suggested that the future web style guide include a consistent tense for content. Also the suggested fonts under consideration are Bookman, Vivaldi and Futura.
Web analytics data reveals that about 10% of total visits to the UCC web site are from mobile devices. The top five destinations on www.umpqua.edu are: Home, Riverhawk Web (/ucclife), Library (/library-home), Library > Search Database (/search-database) and human resources (/employment-opportunities). This data gives insight into what is important to web site visitors. The committee will continue to consider web analytics data.
A survey was taken among students to critique our current site and to submit links to sites that they felt were worthy of consideration as good examples for use as inspiration. A compilation of the survey responses was made and it is being studied and considered.
Next meeting will be in early April. The agenda will include looking at more web sites suggested as good to consider for inspiration, drafting an update letter to send out to the campus that will outline the committee's progress and reviewing a suggested interim cleanup design for the homepage.