The Web Press open lab held every Friday has been relocated to the office of web and new media in Park Central Office Building suite 100 through Friday, August 9, 2013.
The regularly scheduled time of 1:00 – 4:00 PM remains in effect.
Please contact the Web Help Desk at 836-5271 if you have any questions
The media, journalism and film website was redesigned as part of the Academic Website Project, which strives to enhance academic websites for use in recruitment efforts.
Key features of the newly designed website include the following:
- Showcases student work
The website features student work and provides continuous coverage of student awards and accomplishments. This practice helps prospective students better understand the curriculum and possibilities for success.
- Details the extracurricular opportunities and services
The website lists the hands-on opportunities for students (from working at newspapers to film projects) as well as the equipment and services in Student Production Center.
Several university relations offices assisted in developing this site:
- Staff lead: Jessica Clements, university communications assistant director
- Content: Aaron Baker, publications graduate assistant, assisted by Mark Biggs, department head of media, journalism and film
- Design: Veronica Adinegara, publications senior graphic designer
- Website implementation: Brandon Jimeno, Brad Fortenberry, Brittany Dilts, Tasha Jacobsen and David Howell, Web and new media student workers, with oversight by Brad Mitchell, new media producer, and Sara Clark, director of Web and new media
- Desktop view
- Mobile view
- Embeded view
The source code was also rewritten to make better use of events. The shuttle layer code in particular was completely redesigned.
The map code is annotated with JSDoc tags for Closure-compiler and supports ADVANCED_OPTIMIZATION compilation with the experimental type-based optimizations.
Map controls – specific to each view
Several years ago, we helped pilot a program to provide near real-time tracking of shuttles in the campus shuttle system. That original system relied on BlackBerry phones in the shuttles to transmit GPS data. While the system was hugely popular, the phones did not handle the wear and tear of everyday use and had a lifespan of about six months. After the second set of devices began failing, we realized that the original system was not maintainable and so discontinued the service while we searched for a new solution.
New GPS hardware
The first step in the system was to find a different way to send GPS data from the shuttles. We quickly realized that our system requirements were anything but the industry norm:
- Send updated coordinates at least every 10 seconds. Most industry devices only update every minute or more.
- Be permanently installed under the dash.
- Have a reasonable maintenance cost. Devices using cellular networks incurred monthly service charges nearing $30 per month for every shuttle.
After many hours of searching, Corbin Campbell in Electronic Support Services found a device which uses a private radio network to transmit updates every two seconds. While there was a moderate up-front cost in infrastructure, ongoing maintenance costs are extremely low. After a quick test to make sure that we could actually get reception over all of the shuttle routes, the system was purchased and installed in all of the Bearline shuttles.
Campus map feature upgrade
Along with the shuttles, the campus map was refreshed to add even more support. New features include:
- High resolution graphics for mobile devices with high-density displays.
- Shuttle tracking re-enabled.
- Improved GPS functionality for any supporting devices (previously restricted to phone view only).
- Refinements to location search.
- SSL support and a new address.
Check out the improved campus map!
Posted in Mobile, Technical
Congratulations to Kyle Falconer, Web Works student developer from the office of Web and new media, who was selected as University Relations Student Employee of the Month.
Mobile app work recognized
Kyle was recognized for his work in implementing two projects:
He not only worked diligently to implement the designs but helped finalize an internal framework which Web and new media can reuse for future mobile applications. Kyle also performed extensive testing to ensure the same experience across a wide variety of mobile devices and tablets.
Please help me congratulate Kyle on this much deserved recognition.
The student employment website was updated with a custom design skin and reformatted homepage.
The new format makes it easier for students to find job openings, an important component of financial aid.
- Design: Kelly Johnson, student Web designer, with oversight by Chris Austin, Web designer
- Website implementation: David Howell, Web and new media student worker, with oversight by Sara Clark, director of Web and new media