By Nicholas Sauma
It wasn’t long ago that the College of Education (COE) moved into a newly renovated Roskens Hall. The new building provides an impressive visual for all campus visitors, and now, as of last week, their new website provides the same to the world wide web.
Just last year, University of Nebraska at Omaha’s home page, and selected administrative type pages like Admissions, were completely overhauled with new colors, menu styles and navigation options.
“Our website is the front door to UNO for many of our visitors, whether they are prospective students, current students, parents, future faculty members or members of the community at large,” said Liz Renner, web content strategist in the Office of University Communications..
The next step was to select a college to work on the more complicated and detailed task of updating multiple academic pages. COE just so happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“We were already updating the material for our website,” said David Conway, the associate dean of COE. “The opportunity to work within a whole new template was just too good of an opportunity to miss out on.”
Like Renner, Conway sees the website accomplishing two equally important goals. The first is to continue to provide updated, useful and well organized information to current students, faculty and staff. The second is to use it as a marketing tool that not only tells their unique story, but also appeals to potential students and employees.
Though the finished product is easy to use and has received positive feedback, the process was the result of a lot of hard work by all parties involved. First and foremost, the COE had to research and update all their information, from every program of study. UNO Administrative Information Systems did the coding and programming, while University Communications and web consultants, LipmanHearne, handled the design and information architecture.
Four months later, the site went live.
“This whole process brought to light a lot of great things we’re doing here that people just might not have known about,” Conway said. “It’s been a great honor to be the pilot program for this update process.”