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Jim Helwig (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Aaron Grant (Oakland University)
Lori Tirpak (Oakland University)
Session presentation at the 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference
uPortal is a highly powerful and flexible portal framework that institutions have used in a variety of innovative ways to solve very real campus problems. This presentation showcases two different uPortal implementations demonstrating the diverse ways campuses make use of a central portal.
Oakland University (located in beautiful Oakland County Michigan) is a relative newcomer to uPortal: they first launched their uPortal-based campus portal, MySail, in 2009, using framework version 3.1. But on February 22nd 2012 they became the first school to run a portal based on uPortal4 in production. In this session we will showcase the new Oakland MySail portal and discuss the processes they used to migrate to uPortal 4. We will cover tips and tricks, best practices, and lessons learned. We will also highlight the use of Jasig portlets and talk about getting the most from those collaborative portlet projects.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has operated a campus portal, My UW-Madison, since 2001. In 2010 we rolled out virtual portals running on the same instance for our 13 sister campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. A migration to uPortal was completed in 2006 and the infrastructure was upgraded to uPortal 4 in April of this year. In this session we will highlight the personalized yet unified portal experience for our applicants, students, faculty and staff. We will showcase some of the innovate portlets we have implemented as well as our adoption of Jasig portlets. Finally we will highlight the benefits of developing Open Source portlets and engaging with the uPortal community.