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Presentation by Mike Williams at the UWA Emerging Technologies Forum on 15th July 2009 on the alumniConnect project

Presentation by Mike Williams at the UWA Emerging Technologies Forum on 15th July 2009 on the alumniConnect project

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  • 1. Emerging Technologies alumniConnect The Office of Development & Alumni Relations Project Officer: Mike Williams
  • 2. Overview of presentation • Introducing the Office of Development and Alumni Relations • Why an online community? • An overview of the Online Environment • A demonstration of the alumniConnect prototype
  • 3. The Office of Development & Alumni Relations • Developing and maintaining meaningful, lasting relationships with its alumni • Providing opportunities for alumni to continue their involvement with UWA through the Hackett Foundation. Since 1998, friends and alumni have donated to the University in the form of scholarships, works of art, contributions for buildings and support for ground-breaking research. • It’s Overarching Goal: An engaged and committed Alumni Body
  • 4. Alumni Online: alumniConnect • The most important tools in developing interactive communication with alumni are the current UWA website and the new alumniConnect online community, • The aim is to use the web along with the alumniConnect community to: – Involve alumni in a range of activities and events; – Allow alumni to interact with each other; – Deliver new and existing services and benefits; – Introduce an online community to extend these opportunities to alumni and provide a link across to the UWA website. – Become valuable world-wide ambassadors for UWA
  • 5. The Online Environment • The product is Encompass from iModules in the USA • iModules is an Application Service Provider (ASP). Their online community product is a fully hosted solution. • It needed to integrate with the OoD’s alumni database The Raisers Edge • It had to have the ability to incorporate other social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter etc.
  • 6. Demonstration of alumniConnect • We will now spend the rest of this presentation looking at the prototype of the alumniConnect online community. • This prototype has not be fully developed nor has it been populated with its content • It is expected that a fully working beta will be available for viewing by the end of Sept 2009
  • 7. Questions? Emerging Technologies alumniConnect