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Learn how to use OpenScholar to increase your visibility online, attract collaboration opportunities and grant funding all by leveraging the tools and features built in to your OpenScholar website.

Leveraging Website Analytics To Increase Enrollment

OpenScholar allows schools to easily provide websites to their community. Because each school's websites are on a dedicated installation of OpenScholar, we are able to provide in-depth look into analytics across all sites via a Dashboard area.

OpenScholar Dashboard
 

Below is a snapshot from Harvard University’s OpenScholar dashboard.

Elements provided on the dashboard are pulled in from a global google analytics property and this dashboard is updated in real time...

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Top 5 Things All Faculty Websites Must Have

Faculty websites must be current, easy to navigate and also compelling. OpenScholar makes super easy for faculty to achieve this and we've compiled this list of 5 must have items for any faculty website:

  1. A professional looking photo or photography to your website
    There are many ways to add photography like a simple headshot in the body of a page or sidebar. Creating a slideshow of interesting work to display on your home page is a great way to keep your website...
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Be better online

Be better online” is a phrase we often use to encapsulate an important message about the reality of being a professional individual or organization today. Having an online presence is the norm and it’s critical to get it right.  

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When is it better to keep something in-house, and when to outsource?


We came across this fantastic article last week. In the article, authors David J. Hinson and Rajiv Shenoy perfectly explain a few key messages around using internal IT department resources and staff to drive strategic initiatives and outsourcing technology that needn’t happen in house.  

They answer the question:

“When is it better to keep something in-house,...

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Reduce Your Website Platforms


Streamline your web publishing tools using OpenScholar
 

Most schools that we engage with have the same problem… they are either offering too many options for website creation OR they don’t have a solution and everyone is doing it on their own.

Negatives of too many website building tools include:
 

  1. The community is underserved
    By providing too many tools, it’s difficult for users to decide which platform...

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Web Spending Psychology

We recently conducted a focus group with school administrators, department chairs, and IT staff to learn more about their pain points regarding website platforms and hear what drives IT platform level change at Colleges and Universities.

What we found was that no two schools are alike but they share similar headaches, hurdles, and motivational drivers.
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