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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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Website Branding

OpenScholar improves your online branding by creating website themes that can be used on all of your OpenScholar websites.

What is a website theme?
 

A website theme controls the look your website independent of content. A theme includes font types and sizes, colors and accents that affect the aesthetics of your site. Themes provide consistency and support wayfinding and user experience. 

We have a variety of available themes that can be customized to fit your school’s colors and logo to provide a consistent visual...

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Delighting Faculty

Our sites offer a clean and consistent way of displaying various kinds of content with the help of our content apps including a fantastic Publications App.
 publications app

The Publications App makes it easy to distribute your faculty’s scholarly works to repositories such as Google Scholar and RePEc. In a previous blog post, we explain how easy it is to add and customize publications on an OpenScholar website.  There is no lag time for citations published on your website, and you gain the exposure that Google Scholar and other repositories offers their users.... Read more about Delighting Faculty

How We Lower IT Costs

OpenScholar is a world-class web platform for higher education that can dramatically reduce your IT spending year-over-year.

When OpenScholar was developed and then fully adopted as the go-to web platform at Harvard University the intention wasn't to save the university $100M in web spend, but that's exactly what it did.1

 

How do we save YOU money?
 

1. OpenScholar is a complete academic platform
By using an academic feature focused platform in a department or across the entire campus, there is a limited need for one-off, custom and expensive website development projects. Save your IT staff from spending their time supporting, managing and maintaining those projects as well. Additionally, OpenScholar continues to improve and grow with our clients. These upgrades are automatically available to you at no additional charge.... Read more about How We Lower IT Costs