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Changes in the works for university home page

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Click on the image above to see a larger version of what the updated UW-Eau Claire home page will look like. Changes still may be made before the new page goes live in late summer.

RELEASED: May 9, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire home page and related top-level Web pages will receive a new look this summer.

A campus workgroup researched statistics, conducted surveys and did usability studies with the website's audiences to identify needed changes, said Lillian Hillis, university Web coordinator. No changes to other university Web pages will be needed as a result of changes to the home page and its related top-level pages.

"We've made updates to the home page that will benefit those who use it, making it easier for them to get to the information they need when coming to our site," Hillis said.

An image of the new home page design can be viewed online. Changes still may be made to the design before it goes live in late summer.

The following are key aspects of the new home page design:

  • In the global navigation bar at the top right of the page, based on feedback from students, faculty and staff, the link to MyBlugold will be replaced by a link to CampS, and a link to D2L will be added. These changes ensure the resources most frequently used by the campus community are available in this popular area of the page, Hillis said.
  • In the gold horizontal navigation bar, the "Visitors/Community" audience label will be changed to "Community/Business." This change is the result of feedback from community members about terms they look for when determining where to find the information they need on the university website. Items found in the pull-down menus under each audience category will be modified based on recommendations from site users as well as on statistics regarding site usage and search habits.
  • The "Eau Claire Advantage" banner image and copy area beneath the gold navigation bar will be replaced with a rotation of featured images on the left that link to university highlights, and news and events tabs on the right. The new treatment keeps the featured images and accompanying messages in a prominent location while allowing university news and events information to be relocated toward the top of the home page. Event information in particular is not easily found by users of the current home page, and the updated site will ensure that information is readily accessible, Hillis said.
  • Links located in several areas on the current site will be combined and categorized in topical links columns beneath the featured images and news and events. A "Featured items" column will contain links of current interest, such as campus construction news, administrator searches and state budget news. "Our surveys and usability studies with the website's various audiences are showing what home page links people most frequently use, and this streamlining and categorizing of links will make it easier for them to find what they most often look for," Hillis said.
  • A new area across the bottom of the page will feature links highlighting ongoing and significant programs and activities that have a longer timeframe than most other news and events. This change fills a need because a home page region for promotion of these types of programs and activities is not currently available, Hillis said.

The new home page design is expected to go live just before the start of the 2011-12 academic year.

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