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CSUSM OU Campus Training, Enhancements, and Survey - Emailed 12/11/17

Hello Web Authors,

OU Campus Satisfaction Survey:

We are halfway through collecting survey results for the OU Campus Satisfaction survey and already some good data is coming through (thank you to those that have submitted their survey already – the rest of you have until this Friday morning 10 AM). One of the clear suggestions from the survey was to offer formal training sessions on the product. Luckily, we were already developing an overview workshop for OU Campus and we will be offering the first one next week. We may develop more specialized training as we assess the needs of our campus web authors. So, keep the comments/suggestions coming – we are listening.

Training/Workshop:

OU Campus general training (overview) will be offered in a two-hour workshop format each month (as demand dictates). These are hands-on sessions and will be conducted in the newly renovated Technology Resource Center (KEL 2414) – space is limited so please sign up for your spot on the OU Campus Announcements page (or use the waitlist option for early notification of the next available training opportunity).

Enhancements to OU Campus:

  • The directory/profile card snippet is now improved to provide easier row adding/moving options, the results on page come back faster, and you can put in multiple directory sections on the same page now (to break up your contacts by type/section).
  • NEW Accordion snippet introduced to allow collapsible/expandable headings with sub-content. Please keep in mind that these are meant to be used in special cases and Accordions Are Not Always the Answer for Complex Content on Desktops – please contact web@csusm.edu if you want some assistance picking the right layout for your web content.
  • Details about “Page Add-Ons Snippets” are available in the Web Tutorials area.

Thanks,

Web Team

(Jay, Amanda, Andre, and Jason)


 

CSUSM OU Campus: Scheduled Maintenance Monday 10/30 10 am - 11 am - Limitted Emailing 10/27/17

Hello Web Editors,

Monday 10/30 from about 10 am to 11 am, CSUSM OU Campus will be unavailable for web editing.

The system will be updated to a newer version to fix some bugs and add functionality (mostly administrative). This is not a version change that will affect the way you use the product. An announcement will also be placed on the login page announcements and web team homepage regarding the status of the system during the maintenance.

We appreciate your understanding,

Web Team

P.S. This was a limited email release and you are receiving this because you are an active user of CSUSM OU Campus (having logged in within the last two weeks).


 

CSUSM OU Campus Enhancements -- Directory and Social Media Snippets - Emailed 10/20/17

Dear Web Editors,

It has been 60 days since we rolled out OU Campus!  We hope you are pleased with the new features.  If you haven’t used OU Campus yet, check out the OU Campus Communication Archive and OU Campus Guides.

We are continuing to add capabilities, and today we want to introduce two new enhancements:

  • Directory & Profile Cards Snippet:
      • This new snippet has two views (list or cards) and replaces the “Directory Template” from Cascade. To learn how to use this snippet and a more in-depth overview of its function check out the Directory Snippet Guide.
      • The Web Team will convert most of the existing directories within departments
  • Social Media Snippet:
      • This snippet allows for 1-5 set social media connections to be placed on your page with the officially designed icons and formatting. Learn about how to use the Social Media Snippet on the Social Media Snippet Guide.
      • The Web Team will attempt to find and replace existing social media usage with this new, official, method to keep the campus in compliance of style and accessibility guidelines. If you want to make sure we find and replace your social media use cases, please email web@csusm.edu 

Coming soon:

The team is busy working on new site features and making the product easier to use. Here’s a preview of what we are working on:

  • OU Campus Training – Our open labs identified some key areas for training and are developing a more hands-on training. We expect to have the first training scheduled in late November and will post dates/times on the OU Campus announcements page (seen at login on OU Campus).
  • Accordion List Snippet
  • Image w/Caption and Image w/link
  • Buttons

You can keep up on future development projects and an explanation of listed items at the Future Features page.

As always, let us know if you have comments or questions.

The Web Team
(Jay, Andre, Amanda, and Jason)


 

Faculty Web Pages -- Template/Editing Available in CSUSM OU Campus - Emailed 10/3/17

Hello Faculty and Administrative Coordinators,

Web editing is now available to you for the directories that reside at http://faculty.csusm.edu

We appreciate your patience while IITS has replaced our website’s Content Management System (CMS).  The new OU Campus CMS has all of Cascade’s functionality, but with a more user-friendly interface and browsing quick-edit option. You can find out more about OU Campus from their features page.

If you had a directory before, or helped maintain directories for faculty in your department, you should now be able to edit/maintain them again in a new mobile-friendly template via OU Campus.

There are two ways to access the pages for editing:

The easy way for individual pages by browsing:

  1. Use a browser to go to the address of the page you want to edit
    example: http://faculty.csusm.edu/username
    and in the blue bar footer, right-click to have an “Edit this Page” link appear. Click the link
  2. The “Edit this Page” link will take you right into OU Campus but require a login with your campus username/password first (if you weren’t already working in OU Campus). It will then redirect to your specific page.

The indirect way (more for administrative coordinators editing multiple sites):

  1. You can go directly to the OU Campus website to log in at:
    http://oucampus.csusm.edu/10/#oucampus/csusm/faculty/
    using your campus username/password
  2. From there, you can use the “Content”  button in the top blue bar and it will list all of the directories. Scroll to a directory you have access to (will appear blue instead of black) and click on it to find your “index.pcf” file and that is likely the only thing you will need to edit for the site.

Editing Content:

  • General editing guides are found at http://www.csusm.edu/web/tutorials/index.html#edit (these are slightly specific to the www pages, but they give you the basics on how to use the system).
  • The main thing you need to do is click on the index.pcf page and then “check out” the page with the lightbulb icon at the top.
  • Then, you can click on the “Properties” button to the left of the lightbulb and it will give you more editing options for title, which tabs you want to use, your contact information, etc.
  • You can also just edit within the page using the green “Edit” button wherever you see them in the body content areas (each tab has a specific edit button for the tab contents).
  • To replace out your profile image, it MUST be placed in your “images” subfolder with the filename matching your username (web folder name). Example: faculty.csusm.edu/jdoe would have “jdoe.jpg” inside of the images folder at faculty.csusm.edu/jdoe/images/jdoe.jpg – if no corresponding image is found, a placeholder image is used.

Saving and Publishing:

  • When you are done making changes, click the save icon and then use the “Publish” button to make it live on the site.

Open Labs and Assistance:

  • We will be having Open Lab sessions where you can come and ask any questions and get hands-on help.

 TRC (Kellogg 2414) Open Labs offered the following days/times:

  • 10/5 (Thursday): 2-3 pm
  • 10/6 (Friday): 10-11 am

Additional days will be updated on the Web Announcements page.

You can also send questions to us via email.

The Web Team


CSUSM OU Campus Open Labs and Announcements - Emailed 9/29/17

Hello Web Authors,

We are offering the first of a series of open labs for you to come by and ask any web questions or receive technical assistance with OU Campus.

TRC (Kellogg 2414):

  • 10/5 (Thursday): 2-3 pm
  • 10/6 (Friday): 10-11 am

Future offerings, updated guides, and on-going announcements about OU Campus releases or fixes will be posted on the announcements page seen when logging into OU Campus and available here: https://www.csusm.edu/web/announcements

We have some computers available in the Open Lab area or you can bring your own laptop.

The Web Team
(Jay, Amanda, Jason, & Andre) 


Website Full Publish Wednesday Night -- 9/13/17 - Emailed 9/11/17

Web Authors,

We need to perform another full-site publish this Wednesday evening (9/13/17) (same as before – no service interruption).

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience as we make server adjustments to get everything working correctly in this new system.

We will follow up this publish with the unpublishing of same folders/files you provided before, but let us know if there are any new ones since last week.

Thanks,

The Web Team


Website Full Publish Thursday Night - Emailed 9/6/17

Hello Web Authors,

This Thursday evening (9/7/17), we need to publish out a change to all of the www web pages in order to correct some accessibility issues. The changes will not affect the appearance of pages, they are back-end code changes.

The website will NOT be down at any time and there is no need for a CSUSM OU Campus lockout period.

However, some of you have pages or directories of content in a draft state that may not be ready for live publishing. Unfortunately, all pages need to be adjusted and published, but we can remove them from the live server Friday morning. If you have any particular pages or directories that require this follow-up “unpublish”, please let us know today/tomorrow and we will add it our list.

Thank you,

The Web Team


OU Campus Now Available - Emailed 8/16/17

Hi Web Editors,

OU Campus is now available!

We appreciate your patience during the transition period from Cascade to OU Campus. This is a soft launch and more design and layout features will be made available soon.

Logging In:

  • The Quick Start Guide will step you through getting into the system and editing a page.

How to use OU Campus:

What’s Next?:

  • Trainings: Trainings have not been scheduled yet but will be made available soon. In the meantime, the OU Campus Guides outline nearly every process users can do in OU Campus.
  • Cascade Development Content: If you had development content in Cascade please double check that the content has been moved into OU Campus. If development content is missing, please email web@csusm.edu
  • Future Features - Coming soon!: This is a light launch. More functionality/templates are in development and will be available soon in OU. Notices will be made as features are introduced.

If you have any issues please email the Web Team at: web@csusm.edu

Thank you,
The Web Team


REMINDER -- TODAY LAST EDITS: OU Campus to Replace Cascade - Emailed 7/12/17

Hi Web Editors,

This is a reminder that today will be your last access to make edits in Cascade. Starting tomorrow, 7/13/2017 at 8 am the Web Team will begin moving content into the new system. If you have any last minute edits, please get them done before the end of today. [NOTE: Lockout period actually started 7/14/17]

If you have any unforeseen edits that are required during the next few weeks, please email web@csusm.edu with your request and the Web Team and we will try to accommodate them.

We foresee providing access to the new system, OU Campus, around August and will resume editing access then. During this time you may want to review the How-to guides on the OU Campus website (we will provide our own training in the near future).

Thank you,

The Web Team
Jay Rees, Andre Rychener, Jason Eberwein, and Amanda Umphrey


OU Campus to Replace Cascade - Emailed 6/26/17

Hi Web Editors,

A number of you expressed frustration with Cascade over the years and we are now doing something about it. The campus will be transitioning away from Cascade to a more friendly web editor. OU Campus will be the new content management system and we are pretty excited about it.

Why was OU Campus chosen?

OU Campus (by OmniUpdate) is geared specifically to delivering web content for higher education and is used by four of our sister CSU campuses. It offers a more natural and user-friendly editing methods of this system and it provides new tools that will extend out functionality for the entire website.

How will the transition go?

Transitioning content from Cascade to OU Campus will happen automatically for you.

There will be a period of time where we lockout Cascade access in order to move files and setup in the new system. You will not have access to make updates to web content during this time (the live website will remain in use the whole time).

OmniUpdate and our team expect this transition window to be 2-3 weeks, depending on the quality assurance process. We will provide more details when the time comes, along with presentation or workshop events.

What do I need to do?

In preparation for this move, we could use some help from you:

  • Clear out any old files/archives you know are no longer needed in Cascade (unpublish and then delete).
  • Plan to make any necessary updates to content by July 10th
    • Emergency updates will be handled by the Web Team during the lockout period
  • Verify authoring access by referencing a published list [link removed].

If you have any questions, or need assistance, feel free to contact us at: web@csusm.edu  

Thank you,
The Web Team - Jay, Jason, Andre, and Amanda