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Icon Homepage 2009

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Icon Homepage 2009

  1. 1. ICON homepage replacement Thursday, February 19, 2009
  2. 2. Original idea • customer requests for improved widgets • more control over placement (movable widgets) Thursday, February 19, 2009
  3. 3. First try • Got pulled into discussion of: • ITC homepage redesign • portfolio project • DIY project Thursday, February 19, 2009
  4. 4. Portal frameworks • Investigation reveals: they all kind of suck • uPortal-based portfolio also kind of sucks Thursday, February 19, 2009
  5. 5. going their own way • portfolio, DIY are both lovely projects by themselves, with their own scope Thursday, February 19, 2009
  6. 6. Second Try • ICON-specific • widget oriented Thursday, February 19, 2009
  7. 7. goals • look & feel similar to current homepage • incremental change, not revolution • basically the current homepage with a few improvements Thursday, February 19, 2009
  8. 8. tech background • liked the iGoogle method of widget production • Google released OpenSocial spec, Shindig widget engine Thursday, February 19, 2009
  9. 9. did it! • Xin and Uttam produced a working site with iGoogle-style widgets • D2L login/logout integration • release conditions & private widgets based on directory attributes from MetaPeople • widget management interface • flexible announcement / alert system Thursday, February 19, 2009
  10. 10. but we’re not going to show it to you Thursday, February 19, 2009
  11. 11. wrong metaphor • slightly-improved D2L homepage concept was the wrong target • tying for D2Lish homepage interface did not address a newly-important sub-goal Thursday, February 19, 2009
  12. 12. putting D2L at arm’s length • was a sub-rosa motivation, originally • is now arguably the most important goal Thursday, February 19, 2009
  13. 13. limitations of D2L-ish homepage • would have been juuuust a bit confusing for all 50k users • small interface benefit with big engineering / ops costs • weak branding Thursday, February 19, 2009
  14. 14. Third try • “best ICON possible” rather than “slightly better D2L” • use strong ICON branding • use Ken’s work on the login/docs site Thursday, February 19, 2009
  15. 15. ICON application • login/docs site is no longer a jumping point into D2L • instead it is ICON itself • logging in keeps you at the same site, just the logged-in view instead of the anonymous view Thursday, February 19, 2009
  16. 16. ICON means? • Iowa Courses Online • entry point into all ITS services that revolve around courses Thursday, February 19, 2009
  17. 17. Course-focused • “courses I’m taking” screen • each course has a collection of tools Thursday, February 19, 2009
  18. 18. D2L is just one tool • D2L site is the most prominent tool, and always pre-provisioned • but it is just one tool! • fits a “private site” spot in the tool ecosystem Thursday, February 19, 2009
  19. 19. Other tools? • Wikis • Blogs • Elluminate! sessions • static sites (like divms) • external sites (publishers, WebAssign?) • Media collections (SUMIT?) • stuff we haven’t thought of yet Thursday, February 19, 2009
  20. 20. prepare to wean • users are trained to think of D2L as just one of the available tools • less jarring if D2L is phased out Thursday, February 19, 2009
  21. 21. verrry simple • small feature set • brutally simplified interface • let us not confuse 50,000 users pls!! Thursday, February 19, 2009
  22. 22. “courses I’m taking” • list of courses for this semester, each with one or more associated tools • ‘recent updates’ list • MAYBE email/calendar stuff as well Thursday, February 19, 2009
  23. 23. “courses I’m teaching” • adds a provision/deprovision workflow • D2L site is pre-provisioned Thursday, February 19, 2009
  24. 24. “courses I’m adminning” • ??? undefined for now • depends on API, MAUI, blahblahblah Thursday, February 19, 2009
  25. 25. site admin stuff • impersonation (incl. for help desk) • editing interface for the online help pages? Thursday, February 19, 2009
  26. 26. conserving work from phase 2 • login/logout with D2L • data sourcing work (news, updates, etc. from D2L) • SSO stuff • hardware shuffling • directory/MetaPeople integration Thursday, February 19, 2009
  27. 27. Prereqs • Web SSO improvements • rich ecosystem of course-oriented services! Thursday, February 19, 2009
  28. 28. Web SSO • Spent time investigating CAS2, Shib, talking to other campuses • pushpushpushpush • movement happening now w/DnA, AIS, Security Office Thursday, February 19, 2009
  29. 29. course tool ecosystem • wikis yay! • blogs yay? (in progress) • SUMIT (some discussion)? • RFI? Thursday, February 19, 2009
  30. 30. To-do • form a core team with some role definition • user input (IAT, others?) • discovery Thursday, February 19, 2009

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