Sessions at HighEdWeb 2012 about Responsive Web Design on Monday 8th October

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  • Mobile is so 2011. Make all your campus sites & apps look great on any device.

    by Brett Pollak

    At this point, most universities have established some level of mobile presence, whether it's an app or a web-based mobile site.

    This is great if people want to look up a contact in the mobile directory, the location of a building, or places to eat on campus, but what about prospective students looking for admissions related information on their mobile device, and what about the thousands of webpages and web applications most campuses currently maintain? How can we make sure those are optimized for all resolutions including phones and tablets of all sizes?

    This session will cover some of benefits and "gotchas" of responsive design, a strategy to deploy responsive design as a “self service” for web developers using templates, ideas for how your mobile site (m.university.edu) can co-exist with your responsive web pages and projections about what's next for responsive design.

    At 8:30am to 9:15am, Monday 8th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

    Coverage slide deck

  • Everything You Know is Not Quite Right Anymore: Rethinking Best Practices to Respond to the Future

    by Doug Gapinski and Dave Olsen

    We’re entering a new era where an increasing number of devices with wildly divergent features--including phones, tablets, game consoles, and TVs--are connected to the Internet.

    As the way people access the Internet changes, there is an urgent need to rethink how we use the web to communicate. This doesn't mean creating separate solutions for each device but rather preparing our existing content to meet this increasingly unpredictable future.

    Dave Olsen and Doug Gapinski will share and examine examples that show how responsive design will help institutions rethink and adjust for the future-friendly web.

    At 9:30am to 10:15am, Monday 8th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center

    Coverage slide deck

  • Zero to Mobile in Three Weeks Flat

    by Peter Anglea

    If you were given just three weeks to completely overhaul your university's website with a new design, could you do it AND create a mobile-friendly version of your entire site at the same time?

    This is exactly what the four-person Internet Marketing team at Bob Jones University pulled off in February 2012.

    Leveraging the power of CSS grids, the team was able to rapidly prototype and deploy a robust HTML template that not only sped up the creation of individual pages, but was also responsive, cross-browser compatible and delivered a slick mobile-friendly layout for more than 95-percent of our website's content without extensive customization.

    This talk is geared towards small departments and “armies of one” who are looking to create a great mobile experience for their entire website without spending inordinate amounts of time and money to get it.

    You will learn what a CSS grid is and how it can help you create a responsive/adaptive site layout. We will discuss the various CSS grids that we researched and tell you what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what considerations we took in creating our own.

    Creating a mobile site can be a lot easier (and faster) than you think.

    At 4:15pm to 5:00pm, Monday 8th October

    In Frontier Airlines Center