Project Updates: Web Development

October 14, 2013

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Web transition continues: 22 new sites launched!

The Office of Information Technology's web development team, in coordination with University Information and Communication (UIC), have launched 22 new content sections on the University's new website since the last edition of this newsletter. Each "content section" would typically be considered a "website" at many other universities. But at UW-Platteville, one website integrates all of these diverse content sections with unified navigation, search, user authentication, user permissions authorization, and more. The web development team is still poised to finish migrating all content sections to the new website by December 31, 2013, thanks to the hard work of many content stewards across campus.

Latest content sections launched on the University's new website:

Web CMS training winds down

With the majority of the converted websites launched or in progress, the need for training on the new content management system has subsided. After October 31 web CMS training will only be offered once per month.  If your department has not begun its web transition, see Training Opportunities below for details on remaining web CMS workshops.

Online Elections for 2013 Homecoming King and Queen a Success!

The Office of Information Technology's web development team leveraged the University's new website to deliver a new and improved online election experience that allowed students to vote for 2013 Homecoming King and Queen from the comfort of their preferred Internet-enabled device. The online ballot form was available for preview on the morning of Friday, September 27, at 7:45am. The form was automatically enabled to allow voting precisely at 5:00pm on Sunday, September 29.  Voting was automatically closed precisely at 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 2.  Using the website's powerful "webform" functionality, web development was able to build an election form in which…

  • The online ballot form was restricted to only students.
  • Voters were required to log in with their Net ID to prove authorization to vote.
  • All votes were anonymous despite a required login.
  • Voters were restricted to one ballot cast per Net ID.
  • "Webform Scheduler" was used to automate the availability of the online ballot form.
  • An aggregate summary of votes cast was restricted to the administrator of the web application, and even web development team members were not allowed to access the anonymous data before the results were made public. The aggregate data was reported to David Nevins, Director of Campus Activities, who insured that the results were made public during Coronation at the Variety Show on October 3, 2013, in Velzy Commons.

The 2013 Homecoming election is just one of many processes that have benefited from the new "webform" technology that was been implemented and further customized by the web development team in recent months. The team is looking forward to using “webform” to streamline more processes in the future.

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