Website Improvement

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Update on COVID-19 Alerts

Categories: Evolve

Demand for COVID-19 notifications across the UND website is strong. To quickly address needs, we issued a post on how to use the available alert snippet. The alert snippet is a universally accepted color system used to report technical issues for systems such as Blackboard, Campus Connection etc. After consultation with UIT, it was determined […]

OmniUpdate Alerts

Categories: Evolve

With the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, alerts have been an important tool for communicating time-sensitive information across the UND website. Alerts can be used on individual pages or messages can be communicated universally across all UND websites. Alert Snippet The Alert Snippet is available to OmniUpdate users to communicate information on individual web pages. […]

Program Finder Facelift

Categories: Evolve

All Program Finder index pages are getting a facelift with an updated look and more dynamic ways to display content. While most content will remain the same, pages will be revised to improve search rankings (i.e. Google, Bing) and ensure they meet accessibility requirements. All other existing pages (Requirements, How To Apply, UND Online, and […]

How UND Exceeded Web Accessibility Goals

Categories: Evolve

Any recipient of federal money must make their digital technology accessible to people with disabilities. It’s the law. For the UND website, this means anyone should be able to interact with and learn from our website without barriers. We weren’t meeting the mark. UND uses Siteimprove, a paid service, to ensure pages in our content management […]

Do The Wave (again)

Categories: Evolve

With the UND.edu website redevelop complete, we are starting over with a site-wide audit. Although huge strides have been made with the redesign, we’ve got work to do to ensure our website meets industry standard for performance and usability. SiteImprove The SiteImprove platform is used to monitor site-wide issues with accessibility, search engine optimization (SEO) […]

Great Websites Are Never Done

Categories: Evolve

Six years of minimal website maintenance dug the University of North Dakota’s web presence into a deep hole. Our last sitewide redesign was in 2010. Since then, everything digital changed. New technologies emerged, social media became part of our everyday lives and the mainstream adoption of smartphones all drastically changed user expectations. We needed a […]

New Way to Quickly Estimate Tuition and Fees

Categories: Evolve

The days of having one table that clearly describes UND’s tuition and fees are gone. Our differential tuition model is complex – changing based on major, residency, online or on-campus, number of credits, term etc. We had to use fine print to explain all the nuances. Presenting the cost of attending UND is now easier […]

A New Home for Student Organizations

Categories: Evolve

UND student organization websites have transitioned off UND.edu. Student org sites now live at involvement@UND.edu, a hub that allows students to find 250+ student organizations, see events, keep up with news and interact with other students. It is a great resource that showcases the broad spectrum of UND student organizations to prospective students, current students […]

Wave 5 – The Homestretch

Categories: Evolve

The FINAL wave is underway. Wave 5 will go live December 2019. This will officially complete the UND.edu website redevelopment project and is a milestone to celebrate. There will NOT be a Wave 6 and sites not migrated at the end of Wave 5 will be deleted.  Who’s In Wave 5 University Assessment University Analytics […]

It’s Calendar Prime Time

Categories: Evolve

We reviewed last year’s calendar use and found some interesting results. Calendar Traffic Spiked the First Week of School Each UND calendar event typically receive about 6,000 pageviews per week but spiked to almost 15,0000 pageviews the first week of the fall 2018 semester. Our students are engaged the first week of school and want […]