EdWeb deployment update May 2017
Our expectation is that only technical staff within units will need to use these functions, so they will not appear by default. Rather, if you need to apply scripts, you will need to opt in to view these functions by becoming a “Script user“. Until your site has scripts uploaded, you will not be able to add anything through this mechanism, but you can register for their use as soon as the deployment is finished.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science sought to bring live chat facilities to their pages following a successful trial on their Summer School website. This will allow them to effectively answer questions instantly from their visitors, and guide their visitors where required.
The University uses dotmailer as our supplier for email marketing and communications. The service is provided centrally by Communications and Marketing, and administered locally by college and business unit contacts. dotmailer allows you to run marketing campaigns that allow your users to sign up for mail; and you to effectively track the reach of your email marketing.
If you are running campaigns that require external users to sign up for mailing lists and for you to track the impact of those campaigns, dotmailer could help with those requirements. If you are interested, Communications and Marketing supply details of the service on their wiki pages.
Any new scripts must be requested and assessed before being added to the central system. This is to ensure that they comply with our requirements for accessibility, usability, styling and security.
If you require new scripts, get in touch with us at the earliest possible stage of development so that we can offer advice on requirements:
- can existing functions meet your business requirements?
- are there existing scripts that could meet your requirements?
- who will supply ongoing support for your script?
Our wiki pages detail existing scripts and outline the process for working to get something new added to EdWeb.
Some improvements to EdWeb profiles are also included in this deployment. It’s now possible to bring through Research Activities as well as publications data as a feed from the research explorer, PURE. Student profiles now have the flexibility to add PhD details, and link to their supervisor’s page. There is now a conferences tab for use by students and staff. It’s also possible to add organisational units as a ‘tag’ to your profile, so that EdWeb editors can create profile overview pages dynamically based on these tags. We’ve also made some small changes to the display, accessibility and tagging of profiles.
Modern slavery commitment
You may also notice a change in the University’s global footer, which currently includes links to our privacy, cookie, accessibility and freedom of information statements and information. We will add a further link there to outline the University’s position on modern slavery. Thank you to Social Responsibility and Sustainability for working with us to complete this change.
Standard and module changes
This is the first deployment this year, so this deployment also contains a number of minor bug fixes and security updates. These are detailed in full on the EdWeb Change Advisory Board (CAB) pages, and are mainly of use to technical users, or those who run EdWeb distributions.