edUi 2010 http://edui.vfhblogs.org edUi Conference Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:38:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Get Off My Site! Getting what you need and getting back to work. http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/get-off-my-site-getting-what-you-need-and-getting-back-to-work/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/get-off-my-site-getting-what-you-need-and-getting-back-to-work/#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:20:21 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/?p=1707 Web sites serve three primary functions; to sell; to entertain; to inform. These three ideals come together in sites of beauty and clarity, which are crucial to the usability and longevity of the web. However, many sites within an institution or organization have a singular purpose: to inform.

During a time of tightened budgets, stretched resources, and a massive amount of information competing for time and attention, informational web sites need to focus on expediting the delivery of information.

Within higher education it may make sense for the undergraduate admissions web presence to be dynamic and engaging, inviting the visitor to spend more and more time.  But informational sites like postal services, or the disability management need to be built to help the visitor get their answers, get off the site, and get on with their work.

This presentation will give:

  • examples of sites where less is more
  • using web statistics to determine where sites entrances and exits are desired
  • best practices in using a CMS to streamline the development process
  • tips and tricks to help your clients and partners understand the aesthetics of clear, clean, and condensed content
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Ben Kimmel http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/ben-kimmel/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/ben-kimmel/#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:18:20 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/?p=1703 Convincing clients that their web sites are more than pretty vessels for information dumping can be surprisingly difficult, but that is what Ben does.

His hardscrabble life consists of working, with clients and developers, to help define a site’s purpose, structure its content and information flow, assess its usability, and all the while allowing for simpler continued maintenance.

CMS focused, but platform agnostic, Ben walks the fluffy line between what visitors want, clients need, and technology can offer.

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Michael Santoroski http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/michael-santoroski/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/michael-santoroski/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:35:05 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=966 Michael has been Roanoke College’s Director of Web Services for over ten years, specializing in ColdFusion and MS SQL Server interactive web applications. He’s seen four complete website redesigns, including one over top of an existing CMS, and developed Roanoke’s first mobile site over a bowl of cereal. Michael’s interests have included mobile computing and mobile devices for more than a decade, and he’s been dubbed “inspector gadget” by Roanoke’s VP for IT.

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Pocket Sized Website – Going mobile on a budget http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/pocket-sized-website/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/pocket-sized-website/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:30:25 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=963 Roanoke College created a mobile version of their website in 2009 by focusing on the stuff you really need when you’re on the go (like the lunch menu!) Melissa Beaver of NewCity and Michael Santoroski of Roanoke College will walk you through the steps they took to prioritize for mobile, plan the UI, design a look and feel consistent with RC’s main site, build smart templates and integrate with RC’s CMS.

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Melissa Beaver http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/melissa-beaver/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/melissa-beaver/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:25:22 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=958 Melissa is a user-experience guru from the Blacksburg-based New City. She’s traveled a fairly circuitous route to get here. Raised in Luray, VA (that’s LOO-ray for you non-locals), she went to Lynchburg College and then headed off to Bloomington, IN, for nine years. Along the way, she’s studied music and French, and is now finishing her MS in Information, Human Computer Interaction Design. All that time in Bloomington made Melissa nostalgic for the rolling landscape of the Shenandoah Mountains. She must be a glutton for punishment because a perfect day for her involves a run of up to fifty miles. (Not a typo.)

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Software Development for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/software-development-for-the-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/software-development-for-the-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 19:49:22 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=830 We’ll discuss and demonstrate Apple’s software development tools for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and show how individuals and institutions are building innovative mobile applications for their organizations and the wider world. We’ll highlight and deconstruct some popular applications – both web-based, and native – and show you how to get started building your own with Apple’s free developer tools. We’ll show off interesting new capabilities of the latest iOS 4 operating system, and talk about web development with Dashcode, native application development with Xcode and Interface Builder, and review the integration and deployment options and Apple’s developer program. And if the presenter messes up, we may accidentally wind up demonstrating the debugger as well.

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Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Using Social Media In a Multi-Channel Campaign http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/beyond-facebook-and-twitter-using-social-media-in-a-multi-channel-campaign/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/beyond-facebook-and-twitter-using-social-media-in-a-multi-channel-campaign/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:45:00 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=804 Facebook and Twitter are so–last year. In 2011, it’s time for institutions to integrate these and other social media and social networking tools into recruitment, fundraising, awareness-building and other types of campaigns. Today’s busy and sophisticated consumers (i. e., your prospective students, parents, alumni and other constituents) respond better when you use multiple channels, especially when you do it with some imagination and flair. In this session, we’ll examine successful examples of campaigns that integrate Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and other Web 2.0 tools with print and other media channels. We’ll explore the characteristics of effective, multiple-channel campaigns and inspire you to create your own.

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Keeping Current with Google Calendar http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/keeping-current-with-google-calendar/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/keeping-current-with-google-calendar/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:24:30 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=800 Learn how to use Google Calendar as a calendaring system for populating content on a website. Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University runs numerous service desks, contains several departments, and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Keeping service hours and event information current on the library’s website had always proved troublesome, requiring manual updates or data entry into one of many homegrown databases.

To solve this, the library has recently begun migrating various calendaring systems to Google Calendar. This useful Google application provides a user-friendly way to create, edit, and delete library hours and events while providing various methods of displaying calendar information on the library’s website, using either the Google Calendar API or pre-existing Calendar Gadgets. Calendars can be managed from one central location, and permissions to edit can be shared out to anyone with a Google account.

Examples of Cook Library’s use of Google Calendar and the Google Calendar API will be shared along with other potential uses for educational organizations.

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How We Failed On Web Accessibility http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/how-we-failed-on-web-accessibility/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/how-we-failed-on-web-accessibility/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:23:30 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=798 Michigan State University, the eighth-biggest college in the country, recently completed the largest web redesign project in the institution’s history, including the roll-out of a new homepage with flash and dazzle. Unfortunately, that flash and dazzle came with a hefty problem: weak accessibility compliance. Michigan State’s web team spent the following months completing a time-consuming overhaul of the entire site, emerging with a new understanding and appreciation for functional web accessibility. In this presentation you will hear our story, our mistakes, and how we got better.

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Visualization in Education http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/visualization-in-education/ http://eduiconf.org/edui2010/visualization-in-education/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:21:25 +0000 VFHwebdev http://eduiconf.org/?p=796 VisualEyes is a Web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia that weaves images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations. The software makes it easy to construct complex queries about events, weaving maps, timelines, and data visualizations to encourage insight. It enhances primary source documents by providing visualizations of the relationships, chronologies, and causal events. These visualizations use new methods of interpreting and presenting historic inquiry, such as animation over time, charts, maps, data, and interactive timelines to graphically show the relationships between multiple kinds of information.

The presentation will talk briefly about how VisualEyes works and demonstrate the work produced by students.

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