The gang talks about the what new strategies and goals they have for their schools/sites. It covers speed, new applications, and updates to the CMS. They also look into web boot camps for new hires.
For some reason throw-up is a common thread to kick this one off. Dan’s cat throws up, and Dave and Dan take a trip which involves a (rather humorous) throw-up story as well involving an airplane barf bag. We also chat about web infrastructure in other parts of the world, and how much we hate (HATE!) mobile ads.
Ken goes to an island and gets married. GVSU looks at taking over web representation of grad programs, We talk about staff training opportunities and communities that our individual universities provide.
We delve a bit deeper into Daniel’s trip to the HighEdWeb conference in Memphis. He shares the take-aways, and we chat about how all of us can implement some of the things talked about (centralized web support across campus – pay vs. no-pay).
This episode is all about conferences. How do we get funding? How often do we get to go? How do we select a conference? We also reminisce (again) about how great SXSW used to be.
How do we social? What channels do we all use personally and what do our universities use? How do we keep up on the current social trends and use social in a way that is befitting to an institution of higher education?
HTML emails are hard to make! We chat about the process we use to build and send email as well as how we track our users and advertise our schools. We also look into using students and classes for help.
We list the tools we use on a regular basis for various development tasks and general use, including coding, password management, utility/productivity, package management, and image optimization.
We talk about languages, which are the most popular, and which ones we like the best (and why). Iowa launches a new admissions website. How we use content types, and ways we could use them better.
GVSU launches their new site and get a lot of comments (some good, some not). We talk about what went into the new site, and the process taken to launch. We also discuss how we use our CMS to assign rolls and edit across different audiences.
We add our comments to an article criticizing university websites, and then add even more comments to a response from Michael Fienen to the original article.
School colors and how they’re used on the website. What does that mean for link colors and accessibility? What sort of branding policy is in place? How does it work. The guys take different stances on the best way to brand a university website.
How we got into tech (and our embarrassing first websites). Some Hangout members purchased the Squatty Potty and they want to talk about it. Plus the first ever HEH topic lightning round.
Page-turn PDF viewers, smartphone apps, virtual tours, and how The University of Waterloo protects its students from geese.
Highlights from the Smashing Conference in New York, Custom 404 pages, beautiful calligraphy and more.