Archive | March

Highlights from E-expectations: Class of 2009

Stephanie Geyer, Associate Vice President for e-strategy and Web development at Noel-Levitz, released their latest E-expectations survey of 1,005 college-bound high school seniors in 2009 at the OmniUpdate Users Conference this morning. This is their fourth year doing this research study in conjunction with James Tower and the National Research Center for College and University [...]

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Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

A prospective student does a Google search for “English composition [university name]” and is brought to your English department’s site. While there, they find the program that intrigues them, and decide to jump off course to learn more about tuition and fees, housing, and dining services. Along they way they bounce through three additional department [...]

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Book Review: World Wide Rave by David Meerman Scott

Book Review: World Wide Rave by David Meerman Scott

David Meermean Scott’s newest book World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories was just released a few weeks ago so it only seems fitting to review it sooner than later.  Now you should know that I only review books that I feel are absolutely [...]

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Calendar Clutter & Meeting Madness

Calendar Clutter & Meeting Madness

It seems I’ve fallen off the radar this month and so have some of my colleagues.  Are we dodging the new Facebook?  Nope.  Now that mainstream media has let all our former classmates, family and coworkers know about Twitter, are we ducking our newest followers? Nope.

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The Web Design Triangle - It’s A Crutch!

The Web Design Triangle – It’s A Crutch!

The following is a guest post by Mike McCready. Mike is the web services manager at a college in Canada. He has been involved web development for 10 years with a focus on education and the Web for the last 3 years.  He posts regularly to his blog, www.mikemccready.ca, where the topics focus on higher [...]

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OmniUpdate Users Conference Next Week

Next week I’ll be heading to the OmniUpdate User Conference to give a presentation on a project we implemented on our campus a couple of years ago called the “My First Year” tab. The official presentation title is, “Using OU Campus in a Luminis Portal.” The “My First Year” project was mentioned in a Campus Technology article [...]

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So you want to start a blog for your admissions office…

The other day on DoJo’s blog, I reprimanded staff members who are charged with maintaining blogs on their institutional websites that leave them for months at a time without an update.  Since posts on DoJo are extremely short by design, I wanted to elaborate further.  We’ve identified a problem, now let’s talk about how to [...]

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Web Development: Progressive Enhancement - Part 1

Web Development: Progressive Enhancement – Part 1

I am starting a series of posts as an extension to my talk a few weeks ago on Web Standards and Accessibility. These posts will be dedicated to explaining how to make a habit of progressive enhancement instead of falling back on graceful degradation. It will also give you the tools to pass this on [...]

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A Little HTTP Status Code Refresher

A Little HTTP Status Code Refresher

So we have looked at 301 SEO friendly redirects and the importance of 404 pages and setting them up properly to track bad URLs.  It’s probably also a good idea to explore the rest of the important HTML return codes and what each of them means. Of course you could easily head to wikipedia, w3, [...]

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Googled Over: How Promiscuous Is Your Data

I have been stewing on some thoughts of my own about Google ever since I had heard about Gears so I decided to wait to respond fully to Kyle’s post this week. It is a slideshare response. Enjoy!

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