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August 31, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: Menu Structure

In today’s post, we will be covering menu structures and how to manage them on a department site. Based on the edict sent from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, resources either need to be on the primary Undergraduate page or within one click of that page. Using the CAS Department Theme, the Undergraduate page and associated subpages can be easily organized within the primary menu and submenu.

In order to reorganize the primary menu and submenu, the content needs to exist already. Since the information generally does not change (daily or weekly), the content should be put on Pages instead of Posts.

For more on Pages and Posts, the primary differences, and when to choose, click here.

Process

  1. Sign-in to your department’s website, then go to Appearance > Menus and select the website’s primary menu to proceed.
  2. To add a new content page, scroll through the list of pages or select the Search tab and type in the name of the page, then click Add to menu to proceed.
  3. The new content page will be on the bottom of the screen (which indicates the end of the menu). Drag and drop the new page into place by click-and-drag. A crosshairs cursor will appear which indicates that the page can be moved by click-and-drag.
  4. In order to have the new content page become a sub-item of a new or existing page, click-and-drag the page to the right until a dotted-line rectangle appears indented below the page(s) above it (see example below):CreatingSubItem
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until all content is added and in place.
  6. Click Save Menu on the top-right or bottom-right to enable the changes.
  7. You may leave the tab/window once the menu has saved. (Recommended: click on the page name to view the site and the menu changes.)

In our next post, we will look at the process of implementing the CAS Department Theme to your department’s website.

August 29, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: Landing Page

Today’s post is about the Undergraduate Landing Page for CAS Departments. This page is to be designed as the information hub for undergraduate students seeking the completion of a major or minor within a CAS department, program, or institute.

As per the edict from the office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate page should consist of the following:

The Undergraduate landing page should minimally include the following advising and curriculum information in an easily navigable format–either on the page itself of accessible after at most one further click (emphasis added):

  1. Who the department advisor(s) are, how to contact them and/or make an appointment, and any times they may be available without an appointment. Please distinguish faculty/staff advisors from peer advisors, and indicate who the department’s lead advisor(s) are for fielding general queries.
  2. Instructions for students on how to declare your major/minor
  3. Major/minor degree requirements, including coursework and important policies (e.g., on minimum grades, residency requirements, P/NP restrictions)
  4. Quick reference checklist for major/minor degree requirements
  5. Sample four-year plan/pathway for incoming students (recommended now, required by end of Fall 2016)
  6. Course offerings, including availability, timing, and prerequisites for major required courses, and alternative pathways if they exist. (OK to link to UO catalog for overall list of course offerings.)

We will use the Economics undergraduate page as an example since it already complies with most of these requirements. Most of the content provided on their site is within a page–which, in the WordPress world–typically has information that does not change too frequently, and a menu–which links to other pages (and external links).

The numbers seen on the image correlate with the above list. If the numbers are within parentheses, then the information is currently two clicks from the page:

Econ_UG_LandingPage

In the next post, we will look at how the WordPress menu structure works and how to manage menu links which will help organize the necessary content.

For more information on the CAS Department Theme in action, click here to see the CASIT Design Toolkit website.

August 26, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: A Series

Recently, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education issued an email to CAS academic departments with new standards for information on undergraduate education on CAS department websites. This series of posts will go over each piece of the new standards with steps and examples of compliant websites.

The list of standards (as per the email) for undergraduate information is as follows:

  • Each department homepage should have the word Undergraduate in its main menu bar.
  • The Undergraduate landing page should minimally include the following advising and curriculum information in an easily navigable format–either on the page itself of accessible after at most one further click:
    • Who the department advisor(s) are, how to contact them and/or make an appointment, and any times they may be available without an appointment. Please distinguish faculty/staff advisors from peer advisors, and indicate who the department’s lead advisor(s) are for fielding general queries.
    • Instructions for students on how to declare your major/minor
    • Major/minor degree requirements, including coursework and important policies (e.g., on minimum grades, residency requirements, P/NP restrictions)
    • Quick reference checklist for major/minor degree requirements
    • Sample four-year plan/pathway for incoming students (recommended now, required by end of Fall 2016)
    • Course offerings, including availability, timing, and prerequisites for major required courses, and alternative pathways if they exist. (OK to link to UO catalog for overall list of course offerings.)
  • Each department should adopt the CAS Elemental design (recommended now, required by end of 2016-17 academic year.

The CASIT Blog will feature a short series of articles breaking down each of these new standards in the coming days.

CASIT’s Training Services is also providing one-on-one training sessions for site administrators on a first-come, first-serve basis by appointment. If you are interested in scheduling one of these sessions, send an email to cas-training@ithelp.uoregon.edu

August 17, 2016

Check out the Vicis Zero1, the new Oregon Ducks football helmet


For those in the Eugene area that live or commute near the University along Franklin Boulevard near the intersection with East 11th Avenue have seen a billboard with a football helmet without any insignia have seen the new helmet being used for the Oregon Ducks football team starting this fall.

The Seattle-based startup, Vicis (pronounced VIE-seez), has been developing the Zero1 helmet upon the approaches used in developing automobile bumpers and crumple zones over the last three years. The structure is composed of a pliable outer shell that is supported by a series of compressible columns that help to deflect the force of any contact around the head. The inner padding is comprised of a fitted memory foam liner that distributes pressure evenly around the player’s head. The chinstrap is similar to a standard helmet but two of the straps will fasten on the helmet’s interior as to redirect energy flowing through the jaw.

The Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies are the only two teams wearing the helmets this year throughout the NCAA.

For more information, check out the video above or the Vicis website.