Author: Duncan MacGruer

One of the best ways to get the most out of Google Analytics is by comparing two sets of data. This can be comparisons in time, actions, audiences or content. And the best way to do this is by using segments.

On Thursday 28 July, we’ll be deploying new functions into EdWeb: extra homepage flexibility, and a ‘call to action’ button for the central text editor.

This summer I’ll begin a series of posts about Google Analytics, exploring some of the key reasons that we recommend its use. I will explore key tasks you can perform, and answer that vital question – “how can I tell if my site is successful”?

On Wednesday 26 May, we’ll be deploying two new content types into EdWeb that allow University staff and postgraduate students to manage their own profile, and for EdWeb editors to create overview pages in their sites that highlight those profiles.

Always keen to get my hands on (a) free coffee and (b) useful advice on improving website quality, I recently attended a briefing on “Tips to improve the accessibility of your website”, hosted by User Vision.

The next in our regular schedule of updates and improvements to EdWeb will take place on Thursday 10 March. This deployment will introduce the ability to schedule publishing (and unpublishing), to ’embargo’ sensitive content, and to apply security patches.

In the Website Support Clinic this month, we were asked about working efficiently with the MyEd Event Booking system – and specifically, how to consume feeds of forthcoming events onto EdWeb pages so that visitors could browse and book onto courses effectively, and without manual intervention on the part of the website’s editors.

The next in our regular schedule of updates and improvements to EdWeb will take place on Monday 15 February. This deployment mainly focuses on improvements to homepages, though does also include some updates to the look and feel of the editing interface.

I recently attended a talk by Professor Gregor Kennedy detailing his recent research into “learning analytics”, the study of interactions in digital learning environments. Professor Kennedy’s research has revealed the gap between curriculum design and real student behaviour, and the impact this has on learning.

Due to the popularity of our trial EdWeb migration preparation session, we’re now going to conduct these sessions on a monthly basis to assist editors with their preparation work before their move from Polopoly to EdWeb.


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