Updates from a busy summer

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It's been a busy summer, and things are progressing nicely with the Web Refresh.

The two Social Media workshops were well-attended. On-demand video recordings of the sessions are available to members of the campus community; please email Melissa Bergem (melissa.bergem@csuci.edu) to request access.

We continue to work with Stamats on a weekly basis to iron out issues that arise as we refine our information architecture. Members of the core team have conferred with peers at UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona about their recent experiences with deploying responsive web site designs.

Over the summer, three style tiles were developed to visually capture the identity and mood of CI. These examples were reviewed by the core team and presented to the President for feedback. Ultimately one was selected to best represent CI as a connected, 21st-century campus of innovation, and the selected mood will be used to guide visual design decisions moving forward.

As the visual design continues to take shape, members of the core team have continued to meet with subject matter experts from key campus areas to gather feedback and demonstrate progress on our functional prototype, including new functionality that will be available for helping students match their interests to the programs offered at CI. Templates and a web style guide are now under development and testing by members of the design team.

The team expects to go-live with a public beta web site in October to obtain further feedback from the campus community and enable further refinement before go-live.

Finally, in support of creating a more mobile-friendly campus (and in parallel with the Web Refresh project) the Division of Technology & Communication is currently researching solutions to support creation and deployment of a campus native mobile app for iPhone and Android platforms. Visit the CI Mobile Strategy web site for further details.

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