Today we went to Convocation to celebrate the start of Dartmouth’s 243rd academic year and welcome the incoming Class of 2016. As students once again fill classrooms for the first day of fall term, we thought we’d take a moment to let you know what the project team has been up to this summer.
In semi-chronological order, we’ve been busy:
- Wrapping up the extensive research and discovery phase of the project, which included more than 40 interviews with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and parents; two open forums; an open survey; and data analysis
- Taking stock of the immense quantity of content currently on Dartmouth.edu (2,200 websites and more than 77,000 pages)
- Evaluating options for content management systems (CMS) that will provide a high-functioning publishing platform for the new website
- Defining features and functionality for a new online events calendar with the help of a cross-institutional group (to replace the existing homegrown solution, which was built in 1997)
- Working with the associate deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to identify four “early adopter” academic departments to be the first to move to the new design
- Planning for upcoming needs around content creation and migration support
- Collaborating with Digital Pulp and senior leaders from across Dartmouth to create a powerful and intuitive information architecture for the new site
- … and, last but not least, collaborating with the same partners to develop a new visual design for Dartmouth’s web presence
This is an exciting time with many important pieces of the project taking shape. We’ll have more to share on these topics and the project timeline in the coming weeks.
For now, we hope you are enjoying the energy of the new term as much as we are. And to Dartmouth’s newest students, welcome home!