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ITS Launches Wesleyan Mobile Site

The new Wesleyan mobile web site, seen here on an Apple iPad, offers news, events, academics and directory links and map locations.

The campus community can browse university information through their smart phones and tablets through a new mobile web site developed by Information Technology Services.

The Wesleyan mobile web site, launched Oct. 25, provides quick links to university news, events, academics, map locations and directory. Mobile device auto detection is built into the Wesleyan home page, so smartphone users (iOS, Android or Blackberry Torch) can view either the full web site or the mobile version on their handheld device.

“A mobile web site is really designed for a broad audience,” says Melissa Datre, director of ITS’s New Media Lab. “Students, staff and faculty will find it useful, but it will also appeal to folks visiting campus who need to access information about the university quickly. The site provides information they would be able to find on the regular web site, but it is shortened and optimized for mobile viewing.”

Smartphone users have the option to navigate to the mobile site directly using http://mobile.wesleyan.edu/ or http://m.wesleyan.edu.

The New Media Lab began developing the mobile site in January by investigating technologies for cross-device deployment and researching internal statistics and other university’s mobile sites. They later conducted research to look at what other universities were doing with mobile technologies, and compiled their own data from Google Analytics.

ITS will continue to develop the mobile website and encourages the campus community to submit comments at medialab@wesleyan.edu. Datre says the next step will be to create mobile applications, or programs, that have a more targeted audience.

“The exciting part is we’ve only just begun with mobile device development and there is a lot more opportunity out there for Wes to go mobile,” Datre says.

Blog to Collect Input on Wesleyan Web Presence

Wesleyan has launched a web redesign blog to solicit input from the Wesleyan community.

Wesleyan has launched a web redesign blog to solicit input from the Wesleyan community.

The web at Wesleyan is undergoing major design and functionality changes, and the Website Design Team is seeking input from the Wesleyan community.

“This team has been charged with preparing a new website design strategy for the university,” says Melissa Datre, director of the Information Technology Service’s New Media Lab. “Through their request for feedback, peer school interviews, and faculty and student input, they will, over the next several weeks, propose to a new design concept for Wesleyan’s website presence.”

In early March, the team launched a web redesign blog to give every member of the campus community the opportunity to participate, contribute thoughts,

Wesleyan Now On iTunes U

Wesleyan's content on iTunes U comprises more than 100 tracks available for download.

Wesleyan's content on iTunes U comprises more than 100 tracks available for download.

Wesleyan has become the latest institution to join iTunes U, a component of Apple’s iTunes Store that provides free educational audio and video content from the world’s foremost higher education institutions, museums and public media organizations.

Wesleyan joins more than 160 higher education institutions who have met Apple’s strict quality control requirements and have been allowed to post educational content on Apple’s iTunes U site.

The initiative was the result of a joint effort between University Communications and the New Media Lab. The departments worked within the guidelines provided by Apple to create a web-based presence that showcases unique workshops, lectures, WESeminars, interviews, athletic competitions and other memorable events.