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September 2, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: CAS Design Theme and Toolkit

Our final post on the Undergraduate pages is about the CAS Department Theme used in WordPress/UO Blogs for CAS Departments, Programs, and Institutes.

Theme Features

The theme has a distinct color palette that is used in conjunction with each administrative division used in the College:

  • Utilizes three menu locations (marked as 2, 4, and 5)
  • Featured post categories on the department homepage (marked as 3)
  • Custom plugins for a front page slideshow (marked as 1), course management, and faculty/staff/student profiles.

For more information on the CAS Department Theme, check out the CAS Design Toolkit site.

Theme Adoption

The process for adopting this theme is as simple as sending a request for the CAS Department Theme to the Information Service Tech Desk via email along with the URL of the department site. Each of the additional plugins like the Courses and Profiles plugins require requests through the same channel.

Some considerations to keep in mind moving forward are that the existing content on the site prior to the theme change may be altered in order to comply with the new theme. One issue that could arise would be in conjunction with how menus are created, managed, and displayed (as seen in a previous post).

If you have any questions on how to help alleviate some of those transition issues, please contact us here at CASIT.

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.