Dec 6, 2013

Sign up for no-charge, responsive web design training

Communicator Designer Developer Manager Resource Center

Due to high demand, the Texas A&M Mobile team is providing another session of the hands-on responsive web design workshop. This training is offered at no charge to A&M System employees. Lunch and training materials will be provided. Please bring your laptop.

When: January 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: General Services Complex, Room 101 B&C

Register: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=190&CATID=341.

Hurry! Enrollment is limited to 20 seats.

See the training agenda and schedule. Please send questions to it-coms@tamu.edu.

 

Download the resources needed for the class: RWD Workshop Resources

Dec 2, 2013

Convincing your boss to go mobile: Sometimes the truth hurts

Designer Manager

The Go Mobile team’s recent focus group and survey revealed making departmental websites mobile friendly is not a high priority for management. A respondent said tools were needed to “help convince my leadership that this needs to be done now and not just soon.” Here are a few ways you might approach this problem.

“[Insert name of top competitor]’s website is already mobile friendly”
Look at peer institution websites (vision2020.tamu.edu/peer-institutions) to see how far along they are in going mobile. If your top competitors are already mobile friendly, your department is falling behind. If many aren’t mobile friendly, your department has an opportunity to become a leader in this area.

“Students hate our website”
Survey students within your majors about whether the current site adequately supports access from mobile devices. Take the opportunity to find out what content is the most important to students, which will be helpful when redesigning your site.

“The latest website redesign was in the last century”
A Chanel suit is timeless. A website design, not so much. In your survey, ask students about how they feel about the website’s design. Results may help your leadership understand an outmoded, poorly designed site speaks more powerfully in a negative way than they thought.

“Faculty hate our website, too”
This could pose some difficulties in obtaining information, so you may need to be a bit “sneakier.” For example, if your department is conducting a job search, ask the committee chair if the website shows the department in the best light. The current site may not be meeting faculty needs for reasons other than lack of mobile friendliness.

We know having a great website isn’t one of the metrics by which your department is assessed. However, it is a very important tool that helps departments achieve their goals.

Sep 2, 2013

On-campus responsive web design training at no charge

Communicator Designer Developer Manager Resource Center

Join the Texas A&M Mobile Team for a practical, hands-on workshop on implementing a responsive website. The no-charge one-day course will be offered on two separate days to accommodate interested participants. Please bring your laptop. Lunch and training materials provided. Training is open to members of The Texas A&M University System.

When: September 19 OR October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: General Services Complex, Room 101 B&C

Register: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=190&CATID=341. Hurry! Enrollment is limited to 20 seats per session.

See the training agenda and schedule. Please send questions to it-coms@tamu.edu.

Aug 30, 2013

Wi-Fi use sets new record

Manager Resource Center

August 28,2013 was another record day for Wi-Fi use at Texas A&M University. Networking & Information Security reported a new record of 68,108 unique users in a 24-hour period. Last Fall semester’s record was 61,736, set on November 28, 2012. Yesterday’s peak usage was 30,733, just short of last Fall’s record of 31,013, also set on November 28. So far this semester, user sessions in a 24-hour period have been averaging about 1.1 million sessions. The current record for user sessions in a 24-hour period was set last Fall semester at 1,618,420 on September 19, 2012.

Aug 1, 2013

New report on high school students, use of mobile devices in college search

Communicator Manager Resource Center

The latest E-Expectations report from Noel-Levitz, The Impact of Mobile Browsing on the College Search Process, is available at http://blog.noellevitz.com/2013/07/31/high-school-students-mobile-devices-college-search-process-campus-ready. It provides new data about mobile usage by college-bound high school students. University communicators take note: there’s a list of top 10 content priorities when browsing college sites via mobile devices.