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Ahoy, White Whale!

I’m pleased to announce that the working group has selected White Whale Web Services to be our partner for the web redesign. Their initial campus visit will be taking place on October 20-22 and they’d like to meet with you. I’m working on scheduling many meetings and will try to accommodate anyone who would like to meet with them, so please contact me (kto at coloradocollege dot edu) or add a comment to this post and I’ll do my best to ensure that there’s a time that works, whether it’s a group or drop-in session.

Keep an eye on this blog (http://blog.coloradocollege.edu/redesign) and the digest messages for updates in the coming weeks.

Vendor presentations

In case you weren’t able to make it to any of the open sessions that were held over the last two weeks, the vendor presentations are available here:

While these are no substitutes for their in-person presentations, you’ll be able to get a sense of who they are and how we might work with them.

If you have any feedback, feel free to comment on this post, or email me or anyone on the working group directly.

Update from the Working Group

It’s been a busy summer. In late-May, the working group was formed by presidential appointment and the RFP was issued in late-June.

Current members of the working group:*

  • Barry Sarchett, English
  • C.J. Pascoe, sociology
  • Jeremy Nelson, library
  • Judy Reissmann, student
  • Karen To, communications
  • Kris Jones, information management
  • Logan Johnston, student
  • Mark Saviano, psychology
  • Weston Taylor, information management

* another faculty appointment is pending the return to campus

We have since identified four vendors who will be coming to campus, starting tomorrow, August 4th. Each vendor will be presenting an open session to the campus community. The presentations will be a little about their companies but mostly about their solution and process and why they think they’re the right company for Colorado College’s redesign.

Please check your email for a digest message with details.

mStoner, http://mstoner.com
Wednesday, August 4 11am-12:15pm (45 minute presentation; 30 minute Q&A)

White Whale, http://whitewhale.net
Thursday, August 5, 10:30am-11:45am (45 minute presentation; 30 minute Q&A)

NewCity, http://insidenewcity.com
Monday, August 9,  10:30am-11:45am (45 minute presentation; 30 minute Q&A)

Paskill Stapleton & Lord, http://psandl.com
Tuesday, August 10, 10am-11:15am (45 minute presentation; 30 minute Q&A)

We hope to see you at the open sessions!

Our Objectives

As Kelly noted in her comment, its important that we have clearly defined objectives. She asks:

How will the site be used to advance the business of the college? Elevate the reputation? Increase the volume and quality of applicants? Etc.. And, how will that be measured?

In addition to these business-centered objectives, our website should be designed and structured such that the users can easily find the information they seek or accomplish their task while accurately reflecting CC .

Who are our website audiences and what are they looking for? Here are a few that come to mind (in no particular order): students, faculty, staff, parents of current students, alumni, donors, prospective students (and their families), local community members. Others?

Wish upon a star…

In order to determine what we should be focusing on in the coming months, we’d love to have your ideas about what you’d like to see in a new CC website. What are your hopes and dreams for CC’s presence on the web? What features would you like included in a new site?

We plan to hold an open forum this block to gather your ideas and would love for you to attend, but in the meantime, feel free to enter your comments below.

Why?

The short answer is that CC is an awesome college and our website should reflect that. The web and our use and expectations of it have changed vastly since our last major redesign in 2004:

  • the web is the first stop for people seeking information
  • desktop and laptop screen resolution (i.e. size) has increased dramatically, while mobile devices with small screens have become commonplace
  • the use of video has exploded
  • dynamic content has become much more prevalent and therefore, more expected
  • tools for getting content on the web have become more accessible to more people
  • the web has become a much more social place

We have all worked hard to keep pace with the latest advances in technology and communication, but there is a need to periodically evaluate and update some of the fundamental components of our site. This includes the technology running the server behind the scenes, the information architecture (how things are organized), the contents of the website and the visual design.

Read on for a longer answer to “Why?”…

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