What's new on Concordia.ca
Over the past year, Concordia has overhauled its digital communications platforms. The university is now in the final year of a two-year project that will add thousands of pages of information from 100 administrative and academic sites and into a single, easily searchable public site that runs on a powerful web content management system (WCMS).
Below you’ll find information associated with each milestone, including FAQs and site maps for the different units that will migrate to the WCMS over the next year.
April 30 site launches
Three new Faculties sites
On April 30, the redesigned Faculty of Arts and Science, Engineering and Computer Science, and Fine Arts websites went live on Concordia.ca. At the same time, Cspace (the intranet for faculty and staff) underwent an enhanced navigation and visual design.
As a result, the bulk of the content for faculty and staff members that was previously found on these three Faculty websites is now housed on Cspace.
Please view the new designs and content on the Faculty websites and let us know what you think by clicking on the feedback button on the bottom-right-hand corner of the screen.
Changes to Human Resources and Security
The following administrative site also have a new look:
Faculty and staff will see a new design and navigation on Cspace, the Concordia intranet.
- Read more about it here (Cspace, login required).
Can't find the pages you need? View site diagram with latest additions (Cspace, login required).
Recently migrated pages
Launched April 30, 2014
Since August 5, 2013
Launched February 2014
- Counselling and Development
- Career and Placement Services
- Student Success Centre
- Dean of Students
- LIVE Centre
- Multifaith Chaplaincy
- Advocacy and Support
- Aboriginal Student Resource Centre
- Access Centre for Students with Disabilities
- International Student Office
- Student Advocate Program
- Residence Life
- Student Parent Centre
Background: About the WCMS project
The new site stems from extensive consultations with the Concordia community as part of the WCMS project that kicked off in May 2012.
The project team brought together different units and departments to speak of common functional responsibilities – and organized their feedback into seven areas of focus.
- Consistent, energetic presentation
- Welcome different audiences
- Intelligent, easily-accessible information
- Build community
- Be where the students are
- Change organizational practices
- Administrative structure and evolution
Here’s how the new site addresses these areas of focus:
- Role-based navigation: Features targeted, relevant information for prospective and current students, alumni & friends, parents, as well as faculty and staff.
- More colourful, consistent and energetic presentation: There was general agreement that our website needs a consistent layout, an energetic look and easily accessible information.
- International in the top-level navigation: International audiences represent Concordia’s focus on extending its global reach so it was made part of the top-level navigation.
- Sophisticated events calendar: Events are now filtered according to categories (e.g., lectures, workshops or sporting events) and offer a consolidated view of what’s happening at the university daily, monthly and yearly.
- Revamped news section: Visitors are more likely to read news via Concordia’s push communications vehicles, such as the NOW weekly e-newsletter and Concordia’s numerous social media channels. As a result, News was removed from the main navigation and separated from events, thereby making it easier to find information within each of these sections.
- Launch of the first private site for the exclusive use of faculty and staff: The intranet houses internal information and documentation that helps facilitate work, teaching and research, as well as offers opportunities to build communities of thought, interest and practice.
“A web content management solution simplifies the process by which content contributors create, publish, and update website content. Web content management solutions enable more than just the web team to maintain website content by distributing the effort into the hands of the content contributors who are ultimately responsible for the content. Put simply, a web content management system:
- Simplifies the process of creating, publishing and updating web content,
- Enables both non-technical and technical staff to participate,
- Decreases the time and costs associated with web content maintenance.
What’s important to note is that Web Content Management is a framework that includes people at its core.”
*Lance Merker, President and CEO of OmniUpdate Inc.
Allows us to " Be where the students are " (website, social media, mobile)
During the past few years, digital communications has grown exponentially to include more than just websites. People, especially students, increasingly rely on the web, social media and mobile to access information. This information is not easily found or updated on our public websites.
With a robust WCMS, web professionals can focus on advancing Web 2.0 (commonly associated with social media) and Web 3.0 (commonly associated with mobile) initiatives that include social media, email, advertising, analytics tracking/report, search-engine optimization and mobile communications. Our goal is for the digital presence to contribute to Concordia’s selection as a first choice for prospective students, faculty and employees. This software gives us the ability to do so.
Ease of use: Content replication and repurposing, rather than manual duplication – IT knowledge not necessary for content authorship
The WCMS will empower casual content contributors across the university, who will be trained to update their own information quickly and easily without IT intervention or web communications professionals—and at no extra cost. The system’s centralized and dynamic infrastructure gives all content authors the opportunity to publish information once across multiple pages as well as use different channels of communication, such as social media.
Elevated service level for all
Few units within the academic or administration sectors have dedicated web resources to manage their digital communications presence. Most units maintain their websites using outdated or cumbersome tools. The WCMS will provide a consistent level of service to all units, including the vast majority of units that do not have any digital communications support, with an easy-to-use tool and formal training-and-support structures.
Consistent look, feel and navigation: information is easier to find, more accurate and consistent
The capacity to produce a common look and feel is a major benefit to the different visitors of the website, both in orienting themselves through a common navigation and finding the information they need. The capacity to update several pages at once will ensure new information is provided consistently. A WCMS makes a redesign more manageable, as there is one design to update, so the different parts of the website won’t drift apart from one another in the future, either in visual identity or navigation.
Dynamic English-French toggle
The Dynamic French-English toggle will allow Concordia to eliminate the separate French site. It will also give Concordia the technology that can help to manage its digital linguistic strategy and following this, streamline the process of translating of its web pages. Visit our new French site.
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