New UTSA home page
Launch approaches for new UTSA home page, sub-pages
By Craig Evans
Director of Web and Multimedia Services
(Aug. 14, 2007)--Today is the start of launch week as the UTSA Office of Web and Multimedia Services rolls out the redesigned UTSA home page and associated pages.
Last spring, UTSA Internet users completed an online survey about their perceptions of the current design, navigation and content of the UTSA Web site. The redesigned pages incorporate input from the survey input to help improve the user experience when visiting UTSA online at www.utsa.edu.
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Features of the new design include:
- Bolder colors and improved navigation throughout the home and secondary pages
- Better organization of links to other UTSA sites
- Latest news headlines from UTSA Today
- Rotating feature stories on the home page from current issues of Sombrilla, Discover and Ovations magazines
- Calendar feeds to the home and secondary pages from the new Resource 25 calendaring and room reservation system
One of the most important features is the new MyUTSA link at the top of every page associated with the UTSA home page. During the first phase of the site launch, this link will direct users to a page with links to applications and sites that UTSA students, faculty and staff use to conduct everyday business with the university.
The ASAP student information system, WebCT course software, the Define information system, and student and faculty e-mail links are some of the features built into the new page. This is the first step in centralizing information in preparation for the MyUTSA portal project, which will be released later this academic year. Similar to a MyYahoo! page, MyUTSA is a customizable, personal home page that will be used by every UTSA student, faculty and staff member.
Newly redesigned secondary pages provide streamlined access to department and college Web sites. The new design provides easier and more intuitive navigation, especially for external visitors less familiar with UTSA.
Based on continuing input from users, there will be more changes. The UTSA Web presence will be improved with easier navigation and more advanced features to make UTSA-on-the-Web a more efficient and helpful experience.