The requests for “prominent” links to Apply Now and Schedule of Classes pages on the home page has prompted the usual response in the form of a question. Where? Where should I put these new page elements on a tiny island in a sea of hexi-decimal grey?
Well, how about more real estate. If you don’t have enough room, then take it. Kinda’ like Manifest Destiny for web pages. It is ordained that we shall expand.
My whiteboard has not had snarky drawings on it for a while now. It has been used for a more practical purpose, to list the array of projects I can choose from on a daily basis to work on.
To that end here are some project updates:
The UI for the Virtual Campus Tours. Is now much more than and PSD comp. The site is up on the server but it is not linked to anything and I’m certainly not promoting it. The hold up as usual is the content (or the lack there of). It’s just a matter of time but the video and 360 panoramas are in production.
The Virtual Campus Tours page will use a jQuery tab interface that will allow the user to switch between multiple views.
Several views will include interactive maps of the various campuses that will also feature text, images and additional flash objects. 360 photographs will also be included (either flash or quicktime). The vehicle of their inclusion is still up in the air.
Things don’t happen quickly at institutions of education. One thing that certainly crawls at the pace of cold molasses is the process of selecting a content management system for the school’s website. The process involves the arduous task of communicating with content managers, faculty, staff, department heads and any one with some sort of content investment with the website and convincing them that disrupting their comfortable dreamweaver-template-lives is a good thing. And that’s without a committee.
Never mind developing, designing, themeing and migrating content for a CMS, a task that is not to be underestimated.
CFCC has a ton of options available to spread their message far and wide. Including Social Networking, or New Media or whatever the heck you want to call it. So, while the network prevents students, faculty and staff from accessing “social media” sites from campus assets, we have created and support a CFCC presence on both Facebook and Twitter.
The debate on whether to open the school network to social media has been kind of a slow burn. It flares up from time to time but goes unnoticed in the daily hubbub. There are two camps: one side says, “open it up” the other camp says, “block it and restrict it”. Currently only authorized individuals are allowed to through the filters for official CFCC social media work.