OIT to host webinars on setting up digital campus

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(June 24, 2005)--The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) will host two webinars on the experiences of two higher education institutions in establishing an online content management system (CMS) and Web portal at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 30 and 1 p.m., Thursday, July 14 in Business Building Room 3.02.06 at the UTSA 1604 Campus. The sessions are free and open to the UTSA community.

The presentations hosted by the makers of SunGard SCT Luminis software are opportunities to learn how other institutions have planned and implemented the new systems and how they look on-screen. UTSA has purchased the Luminis software and is planning the deployment of a UTSA content management system and Web portal.

Session 1 (June 30) of the series will include a live, 60-minute presentation by James Sell, director of portal communications at LaSalle University, and SunGard SCT representatives on establishing a unified digital campus utilizing Luminis software. The presentation will include a portal demonstration.

Session 2 (July 14) will feature a 60-minute discussion by Nathan Gerber, director of Web development services at Utah Valley State College, and SunGard SCT representatives on the UVSC experience in building a content management system.

A Web portal is a gateway to services and content, such as on a Yahoo personal page. Content on a personal portal page can be customized according to individual preferences.

For example, UTSA personal portal users (including students, faculty and staff) will set up their own pages choosing features such as a WebCT link, UTSA Today headlines, external news headlines, ASAP link, UTDirect link and others. The benefits of a personal portal are faster and more efficient communication with the ability to put Web information you use every day at your fingertips.

A CMS is a Web-based system for designing a Web site and changing content. Designated users do not have to know HTML coding and can make changes to a Web page as easily as typing a Word document. The benefit of a CMS is the ability to design and maintain Web sites with minimal Web-authoring skills. Presenting the most current information furthers internal and external communication efforts and ultimately the UTSA mission to achieve tier-one research status.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Noyes, UTSA CIO and associate vice president for information technology, at (210) 458-4555.

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