The conversion process is not a complete redesign. Instead, it converts each site to the mobile template and reorganizes existing content for consumption on mobile devices.
Like the academic website redesigns, conversions are funded by the provost’s office and processed on a college-by-college rotation according to the deans’ prioritization.
Websites that are converted to the mobile-friendly template will later undergo redesign, during which new content, multimedia elements and design elements will be created. This two-step process allows our office to optimize all academic websites for mobile consumption as quickly as possible.
Progress in the first half of 2016
During the first six months of this year, we published the following mobile-friendly website conversions:
An additional 14 academic websites are either currently in conversion or scheduled to begin the process before the start of the fall semester. We expect all of these conversions to be published during the first half of the fall semester.
Missouri State has launched a brand partnership with GIPHY, a search engine that allows people to search for and share GIFs on the internet.
What are GIFs?
GIFs are animated images that loop endlessly. From a technical side, they are an image file type that stands for Graphics Interchange Format. They’re a great way to engage audiences on social media with an engaging visual component.
Why Missouri State uses GIFs
This is part of an effort to make MSU-branded assets readily available to the campus community (and the world). GIPHY provides a search engine that allows people to find GIFs featuring Missouri State campus activities, Boomer Bear and President Clif Smart.
A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience as described in the Job Family 3 Knowledge Equivalencies Chart is required; a bachelor’s degree in an information technology field is preferred.
At least two years of technology project management experience is required.
At least three years of experience programming websites is required with fluency exhibited in at least one Web application framework (ASP.NET MVC, Rails, Grails) and one object-oriented programming language (ASP.NET C#, Ruby, Groovy).
Experience in the design and programming of applications in a team-oriented environment is required.
Experience working with mobile development tools (iOS, Android, etc.) is required.
Work experience in higher education is preferred.
The ability to effectively manage multiple, complex web-based projects concurrently is required.
Effective interpersonal and organizational skills are required.
Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
Strong and current application design and architecture skills, including an understanding of web security principles, are required.
An understanding of accessibility issues related to users with disabilities is preferred.
The ability to maintain confidentiality in regard to information processed, stored, or accessed by the systems is required.
The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Extended periods of time working at a computer workstation are required.
The twenty-four hour scope of university operations requires this position to be available evenings, nights, and weekends to respond to calls regarding questions or problems with the university’s website.
Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Employment will require a criminal background check at university expense.
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