Continuous Improvement

Q1 2019 Site Improvements

We are currently working on a number of improvements and changes for Q1 2019.  

ItemDescriptionBenefitStrategic ImpactPriorityStatusDelivery Date
Facilitate long content better (continued from Q4 2018)

Explore this page - can the title be optional, can the links be coloured differently and can the anchors be made clickable

Previously we have a content type that could be expanded and contracted. I feel we need something back that operators in a similar way. This is especially necessary on long detailed pages. Such as the FAQ on the link below. If a page could be searchable in and off its self that would be great too. / In the example link above the link circles are being used to simulate a page containing tabs. Perhaps we need a content type that would allow you to step through a number of steps via a tabbed interface in the one page. For example: https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_tabs.asp and or this https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_full_page_tabs.asp this too
https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_vertical_tabs.asp

LONG CONTENT
 

I feel it would make long pages a lot more user friendly and aid users in finding information quickly / UCC has a lot of long form text as certain processes are very complex. I feel being able to display content in a tabbed manner would allow people to easily step through such process with ease  Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact  P3 - Medium In Progress March 2019
Allow external links to be opened in new windows (continued from Q4 2018) Any content type that allows an external link MUST allow the moderator to add a target = new window It will make a lot of our content types better, allowing moderators to use best practice when it comes to linking to external sites  Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement, Highlight Diverse Working Environment  P3 - Medium In Progress March 2019
Make contact details content type address fields more flexible (continued from Q4 2018) Update the Contact Details content type so that it doesn't force people to take the general location (remove that list altogether) and just have a form field for the address. Until we have consistent address structure data, we are making people put innaccurate address info on their sites  It will stop us being wrong and presenting incorrect address information  Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement, Highlight Diverse Working Environment  P3 - Medium In Progress March 2019
Create variety in page layouts to better support research sites in T4  Develop standard UCC them for research site page layouts As we phase out Wordpress (as decided at DEWG in Jan 2019), we will create page layouts that will specifically support research sites so that sites previously being implemented in Wordpress can be supported in T4 Highlighting Research Impact P3 - Medium In Progress Q2 2019
Help end users understand how content types fit together  When creating new content on a page, you're given a whole load of different assets that can be used - but you need to go through the process before you have any preview of them. This is fine as it's shown in-context on the page but it would be great if there were accompanying images for each asset that give a simple example of the element so you can see what it will look like prior to selecting it - so for example "2017 - Landing Page MEnu Block" would show the block with generic heading and a list of links, maybe in both mobile and desktop forms Helps people better understand how to construct sites Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement, Highlight Diverse Working Environment  P3 - Medium In Progress Q2 2019
Enhanced Link Box Content Type It would be useful to have a content type that is mid-way between a link and a connect box i.e. that allows a heading and a subheading in order to provide a heading and subheading in order to provide impact and accesibility Allows more flexibility with the link box (wrap and carousel) content types and allows us to better sign post to the page user what the link box is linking to Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement, Highlight Diverse Working Environment P3 - Medium In Progress March 2019
Introduce more blog-like features for T4 sites We are seeking a solution to a blog format. We've moved onto the (T4) website for our blogs and are in agreement that it is better to move everything in house. However the news items and stand alone blocks don't really work well for blogs for a number of reasons - take a look at our page (scroll down as we've two versions of blog entries). Neither are ideal as they take up so much space per entry and there is no calendar of entries that a user can easily browse through. Also from the point of view of the blog owner, putting up content is very unwieldy as we'll have up to 50 entries on CMS soon. We'd welcome a solution to this blog problem as they are a key content piece for promoting courses and for sharing on social media Allow site owners to add blog type content more frequently. Present a more conversational style of content to end users. Allow end users to digest blog content more easily/ Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement P3 - Medium In Progress Q2 2019
Improved Cookie Notification Let's look at improving the cookie notification so that it is not so intrusive and that is also allows more granular control of the cookies Better user experience and more control of cookies  Student Recruitment, Highlighting Teaching and Learning Experience, Highlighting Research Impact, Highlight Civic and Community Engagement, Highlight Diverse Working Environment P3 - Medium In Progress March 2019
Integrate Phone Number Feed from AD Change the feed for phone numbers to look at AD Single source of data for people search Highlight Diverse Working Environment P4 - Low Deferred Unknown

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