The layout of many University web portals is not conducive to the application of standard web analytics, because they use a channel metaphor instead of a page metaphor. There portals can effectively be black holes into which all the potential intelligence about user activity disappears.
If you were to add your dream analytics solution to their University portal, what data would it record, how would you want to segment this, what KPIs would it use, and what reports and visualisations would it generate? What is the best approach to implementing such a solution in a portal framework like uPortal?
An example implementation at the University of Edinburgh, demonstrates how your portal can easily be turned into a goldmine of usage information, including tracking interactions with all portal content, whatever its origin, and segmentation of reports by a range of user attributes. Sample results demonstrate the business insight that can be gained by adding a powerful analytics solution to your portal.
According to some individuals, portals are dead. However, students and faculty continue to struggle with the shear volume of university applications and web sites. They seek a way to abstract and personalize their individual views of the university. This session seeks to motivate the case for a portal and why uPortal is a great long-term solution. Furthermore, we want to examine how portals fit into enterprise strategies such as mobile, web services, etc. At BYU, we have been running uPortal for our enterprise portal for several years. Recently, we have undergone a re-evaluation of our portal strategy. We will share the lessons BYU has learned and our experience on why uPortal is an attractive solution to build the foundation for the future.
The last several quarters have brought us game-changing new innovations for bringing content from your SIS and LMS into uPortal. Many of these focus on the Courses portlet, but the Calendar, Map, and Notification portlets also play an important role.
We will look at the cool new advances that are available now, and some that are under development. We will hear about or directly from several schools working with these technologies and the methods they've found to be effective in this area.
> University of Wisconsin - Madison has developed a suite of portlets that display a dashboard into the university's HR system. Employees can view pay stubs, tax statements, benefits enrollment information, time recording, and their contact information. Managers can view pending employee time management tasks such as approving absence, payable time and leave requests. The portlets have existing integration implementations with PeopleSoft HR and Cypress, a document management solution, but are pluggable to be usable with any backend data source.
Come and hear about the state of the uPortal and uMobile projects. Learn about the new features and functionality from the past year. Hear about the project's plans for the future including an overview of the project roadmap. We'll also delve into the details of the more interesting new and planned features in a brief technology review.
2nd–7th June 2013