On Tuesday 24 June 2014, we piloted the Pubble Q&A app to run a live Q&A session for CAO applicants on the UCC website. Applicants were invited to ask our panel of seven experts questions directly, for an hour long live session.
The panel of seven included:
- Mags Arnold, College of Medicine and Health
- Loretta Brady, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
- Jennifer Murphy, Admissions Office
- Rebecca Noonan, Marketing and Communications
- Kate O’Brien, College of Science, Food Science and Engineering
- Maurice Ryder, IT Services
- Anne Wallace, College of Business and Law
The session was successful, with a question being answered every minute for an hour. We are happy with the outcome of the first session, and hope to run further live questions and answers sessions in future - watch this space!
Given the success of the 3 Pubble sessions that were held, IT Services and the DEWG are delighted to add Pubble Q&A of our list of available services.
Information on how to arrange your own Q&A can on found on our Available Resources page or the IT Services Pubble page.
The ‘Rough Cuts’ concept stems from an opportunity identified by members of the Digital Estate Working Group to supply news outlets with UCC video footage catering to their tight deadlines. This is in the belief that video content is more likely to be used if it is received in good time to link into a story appearing online/in print the following day. Complimentary to the longer high quality offerings of AVMS, which tend to be commissioned by various stakeholders across campus, the ‘Rough Cuts’ treatment is exactly as it sounds – acceptable quality footage and editing with a stronger emphasis on turnaround time to exploit a short timeframe.
Criteria for Rough Cuts UCC
Potential projects could be identified on basis of:
- High news value to mainstream news media.
- Strategic value to UCC as per the waypoints set out in UCC’s most current Strategic Plan and/or Communications Grid.
- Advance notice to AVMS/Office of Media and Public Relations of at least 2-4 weeks filed for a high profile event (accepting that breaking news may not lend itself to this). Such notice will help with scheduling and also allow lead-time for pitching to media.
The concept has already been piloted successfully, during the launch of UCC Health Matters Day in October 2013. Following discussions with the Irish Examiner, it led to the following offering, with the inaugural Rough Cuts feature embedded: http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/1010/world/job-puts-spring-in-kidneyaposs-step-245803.html
Rough Cuts is resource intensive given the short turnaround time required. Payment for this service will generally be required from the party requesting unless the video is deemed to be either of very high strategic value to UCC or to have some form of charitable/community value, at which point further discussions can be had to assess feasibility
Members of the digital estate working group worked with the department of sports and physical activity to redevelop the DSPA digital estate.
Following the development of the new UCC website design, which went live on 28 February 2013, individual organisational unit websites will be migrated to the new UCC website design. The project will consist of a pilot phase and 3 other phases, during which IT services will engage with website owners to facilitate the migration of their sites. Student help will be used to perform the majority of migrations. The new content types in the content management system will be utilised to improve the provision of information and the appearance of organisational unit websites. The new design is a responsive design so moving sites to this design will automatically enable the sites as mobile friendly.
|Phase||Number of Sites|
|Live Pre Migration||28|
|Phase 3||~ 50|
|Total Sites||~ 347|
The website migration project is now completed. A report on the project can be found at: Website Design Migration Project final report (32kB)
Started: April 2013
Completion: August 2014