Presentation on theme: "Ellingsburg University Portal proposal"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ellingsburg University Portal proposal University of South FloridaMichael Crump, Jennifer Gallagher, and Nicholas Rau
2 Our VisionTo create the best portal design for Ellingsburg University. Our unrivalled approach to university portal design comes from our unique understanding of students and student development. By synthesizing our knowledge of portals and students, we can offer unprecedented control and choice of user service.
3 OUR ConceptOur design begins with a secure, password protected login. From that login, users will be directed to their own personalized portal based on their status as students, parents, staff, faculty, or alumni. Our multi-tiered design allows each user the ability to access individualized, highly relevant information. We have eliminated the information overload to provide users the content they want on demand.
4 the Portal will… Increase user performance Raise quality of customer serviceLower information technology costsProvide unified look for easier useHelp consolidate informationWebmasters have as much influence, if not more, over prospective millennial student decisions than the admissions director (Wallace, 2000).
5 Our portal will…Be available to all members of the university communityBe personalized with user name and passwordHave multiple customizable channelsServe as the communication hub for the university community
6 your portal Will… Access student information system Feature a customizable main page with links, announcements, and campus newsAccess an interactive personalized calendarLink to discussion boardsAccess university
7 Theory in practice Person-environment congruence (Strange, 1996) In order to have an educationally purposeful experience and guarantee satisfaction, individuals need to feel comfortable in their environment.By creating a customized portal, the individual will create able to create a comfortable environment ensuring a positive working condition.“Interactive capacities of computer-mediated communication lead to the formation of characteristic social aggregations.” (Strange & Banning, 2001)
8 Development TeamThe following were identified as stakeholders who serve as end users or content providers, or both:StudentsFacultyStudent Activities/Residence LifeUniversity RelationsEnrollment Management
9 Development Process End user focus groups Online/email questionnaire Reliability of serviceEase of navigationAccuracy and timeliness of contentOnline/ questionnaireSatisfaction assessmentSolicitation of user inputConsultation of contributorsEase of information access
10 System SUPPORT NETWORKS User access and authenticationEnrollment management databasesCampus newspaperCalendar databaseSearch engineBookstore interfaceHuman resourcesAlumni information
11 Organization of the portal All user options will include:Personalized greetingsInteractive calendarUniversity-wide announcements and newsWeather updatesLinks to libraries, colleges, and academic support
12 Organization of the portal StudentsEnrollment management databaseOrganization AnnouncementsResidence LifeWork orders, RHA, room lotteries, tech supportBookstore (online ordering)Campus food serviceBlackboard/WebCTSingle login for all functions
13 Organization of the portal Prospective StudentsVirtual admission counselingOnline applicationsOrientation information and updatesFinancial aid applications & FAFSAHousing information and online applicationsVirtual toursAdult and transfer student resources
14 Organization of the portal Faculty/StaffAccess to grades and class rostersProfessional development opportunitiesPromotion & tenure informationResearch support and databasesAcademic technology linksBudgets, accreditation, and master planningHuman resources
15 Organization of the portal Parents/AlumniHomecoming & CommencementAcademic/Event calendarsParents AssociationAlumni AssociationCampus safety reports and resourcesFundraising/Giving backParents WeekendOverview of FERPAWith parents of Millennials being increasingly involved in the education of their students, higher education institutions must involve parents in the aspects of the university experience (Sells, 2002).
16 Design best practices Content edited for accuracy Easy to read fonts and spacingSimple, consistent color themeFast-loading graphicsAccessible to individuals with disabilitiesUniform writing style and terminologyTechnical assistance readily availableActive links regularly updated
17 Selected examples University of California – Los Angeles Xavier UniversityEvergreen State CollegeUniversity of MinnesotaPennsylvania State UniversityOur portal reflects many key traits of these institutions’ portals.
18 ReferencesStrange, C.C. (1996). Student services: A handbook for the profession. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Strange, C.C. (2001) Educating by design: Creating campus learning environments that work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Wallace, H. (2000, Fall). Campus ecology theory and websites: One example of applying traditional student affairs theory to technology. Student Affairs.com E-Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2004, from