Last year the University website programme joined a newly created division in IS; Learning, Teaching and Web Services (LTW) division led by Melissa Highton who joined the University from Oxford. More about the structure of the new division can be found on the LTW website.
In last month’s support clinic, we conducted a ‘QA‘ assessment: a review of a site that is due to go live, to ensure it meets the best practices of the University website.
In lieu of an in-person Web Publishers’ Community session this month, we put together an update from the University Website Programme and Web Integration teams which was circulated to the WPC email list last week. You can catch up with what was said below:
Last week we brought together representatives of the entire EdWeb project team to review the Polopoly to EdWeb migration process, with a goal to make it as easy as possible for University web editors to prepare for, and get information on, the progress of the migration of their site.
We’ve always wanted to make the new EdWeb CMS offering as flexible as possible and one way that we are achieving this is to allow people to take a copy of the CMS distribution; install it, host it and run it themselves. For those technically minded folk who know what a LAMP stack is the EdWeb distribution is now available for download. Details are at the end of this post.
At the end of last year, I ran an open invite session for web publishers, developers and project managers in which I outlined how we’re conducting rapid, iterative usability testing as part of the development of the new University CMS, EdWeb. The presentation was followed by a demo of the process in which everyone participated.
At this month’s Web Publishers Community session we had a busy line-up. Duncan MacGruer gave us an update on the EdWeb project and introduced us to the EdWeb Migration Handbook, which is now available on the support wiki. Neil Allison explained the idea of applying ‘Agile’ principles to usability testing. In the more technical second half Arthur Wilson explained how he created Drupal content by importing from a spreadsheet.
Yesterday at the Web Publishers Community, I gave a presentation in which I ran through how we manage to squeeze usability testing of the new CMS into each 3 week development burst. It was a preview of an event I’m running later in December which is now open for booking.