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  • Web Design, Content Management

    Responsive Design in No Time! How to Redesign on a Deadline

    When redesigning a website and making it responsive, it can be tough to get all the moving parts in order. You might be up against a strict deadline. Or perhaps you are forced to wrangle rogue content contributors. These were some of the challenges the University of Texas at Tyler faced when they decided to redesign their site and go responsive.

  • Web Design, Usability

    Transforming Your Website: From Content Management to Experience Management

    Any time a visitor is on your site, he is having some sort of user experience. The critical question is what kind of experience is it? Great! Ordinary. Terrible! Most institutions using OU Campus have made excellent headway in mastering the basics. Content works well on all devices and platforms, text is scannable, and pages are consistent. Is that good enough? Learn about six key areas to focus on in order to elevate your website experience.

  • Content Management, Web Design

    300 Content Contributors + 2 Redesign Efforts = 1 Awesome Website

    It’s no secret that redesigning a website can be a little intimidating. But add hundreds of content contributors in 75 counties across the state, subtract hours of wasted work, multiply by two redesign efforts, and you’ve got yourself one tricky equation. Learn how the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service team managed to solve this problem and simplify the process of managing web content.

  • Web Design, Content Management

    Five Guidelines for Mastering Your Website Redesign

    At OUTC16, Sylvia Nicosia, Director of Web Programming and Development at Farmingdale State College, talked about five guidelines to follow when rolling out a new website. Learn her secrets to success for a better website and redesign experience.

  • Usability, Web Design

    Website Redesign: How to Give Site Visitors What They Need

    At OUTC16, Sylvia Nicosia, Director of Web Programming and Development at Farmingdale State College, gave a detailed presentation on her institution’s most recent website redesign. Using analytics and qualitative data, Nicosia and her team developed a simple, yet powerful design where information architecture meets the expectations of their site visitors. Learn about their journey to a successful website redesign.

  • Content Management, Web Design

    When Bad Ideas Work: Clarion University's Road to Web Governance

    Jason Strohm took to the stage at OUTC16 to talk about bad ideas — and why they work! Strohm is the web designer and developer at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where the institution's website recently became a "20-year overnight success." Learn about the evolution of Clarion's website from 1996 to the present.

  • Usability, Web Design

    How to Improve Your Website's Usability and Make a Good Impression

    When starting a new book, the reader might give it a few pages or maybe even a couple of chapters to let it catch her interest. When it comes to your website, you’ve got a matter of seconds to capture her attention. Usability is understanding what your audience wants from your website and providing it in a way that is efficient and intuitive for them. Learn about five important areas to focus on when evaluating your sites’ usability strengths and weaknesses.

  • Usability, Web Design

    Using Information Architecture to Streamline Website Navigation

    Have you ever been on a website that was so badly organized you couldn't find information you knew was on the site? This is the effect of poor information architecture (IA). Good IA enables users to navigate intuitively so that they find what they're looking for in the shortest time and with the least effort possible, all while being engaged with your site. When IA is done well, the user doesn’t even notice the structure of information.

  • Web Design, Usability

    The Halo Effect and Your Website

    In social psychology, the Halo Effect is classified as a cognitive bias where an individual transfers his feelings about one aspect of something and extrapolates it into an overall opinion about it. So what does the Halo Effect have to do with your website? Actually, everything. The Halo Effect is not fair, but it is a definite reality.

  • Web Design, Usability

    Accessibility Matters: Is Your Website Up to Code?

    When building a website, the focus tends to be on how content is designed and managed, but we may be forgetting an important element that can cut down visibility when left unaddressed: content accessibility to people with disabilities. As part of #OUTC16, Justin Gatewood, Webmaster at Victor Valley College, showed us how to S.I.F.T. through a website’s content for accessibility.

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