Start with a Pilot

5 Easy Steps to Piloting OpenScholar

OpenScholar provides your school with a quick and cost-effective way to create academic-focused websites,  meet faculty needs and support strategic initiatives. Adopting OpenScholar campus wide or beginning with a pilot is easy, and with this 5 step implementation process it takes 30-45 days.

5 steps

Bringing an OpenScholar pilot to your campus:

  1. Contact OpenScholar
  2. Identify an internal evaluator
  3. Select a pilot Department 
  4. Work with us to create OpenScholar websites for your pilot group
  5. Get ready for roll-out

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Accessibility & OpenScholar

What is Web Accessibility?

Accessibility involves two key issues:

  1. how users with disabilities access electronic information and
  2. how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive devices used by individuals with disabilities.

accessible speech bubble image exampleFor the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome, but sometimes the solutions require some additional thought and effort. (1)... Read more about Accessibility & OpenScholar

Publications & OpenScholar

As discussed in last week’s blog post, OpenScholar offers a simple and easy way to display published work. The platform gives users the ability to quickly add their most recent publications to their website and allows these publications to be automatically distributed to Google Scholar (if desired). This way, there is no lag time for citations published on your website, and you gain the exposure that Google Scholar offers their users. By streamlining this process, you can be sure your work is getting the visibility it warrants, which can help support and expedite your journey to tenure. Additionally, when people google you, or some of your publications, not only will your Google Scholar come up, but as will your OpenScholar website, allowing for further exploration of your work and your website.... Read more about Publications & OpenScholar

Cite your way to tenure

Using OpenScholar to promote your publications

“Not everything that can be counted counts and
not everything that counts can be counted.”

- William Bruce Cameron

We know that using citations assists researchers in validating their work, but how does the exposure of being cited correlate with professional success?

Academic institutions frequently recommend that faculty include a citation analysis in their tenure and promotion materials as a way to ...

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What Do Millennials Really Think of Your Website?

Millennials are ditching paper handouts and brochures in favor of doing their college search online. With students applying to a greater quantity of schools and more traveling out of state to continue their education, online sources are proving increasingly valuable.

Websites should give a virtual look into life as a college student and provide dynamic content about academic programs, student life, faculty, etc. You can tell a lot by what an institution chooses to show (or not show) on their websites.
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Our Top 5 Favorite Things about Building an OpenScholar Site

#1. The many different widget options

Widgets are drag and drop tools that make it easy to include useful content on the site without having to create it yourself. There are many options to choose from and can be personalized to your desire. In our sites we used calendars, slideshows, and social media feeds to make our sites more interactive. It was nice not having to add content constantly, as it was simple to add widgets and let OpenScholar do the work of generating our site. For example, adding one event on the News & Events page...

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Marketing Departmental & Individual Milestones - The OpenScholar Survey Results

OpenScholar recently reached out to  10,000 faculty and administrative leaders at over 1,500 U.S. universities and colleges to conduct a survey to understand how colleges and universities leverage their department and faculty publications, research and academic achievements. We specifically targeted and solicited feedback from Deans, Department Chairs and Program Directors from a wide range of disciplines.  I wanted to share the highlights of the survey with you and also give you an opportunity to see how you stack up. More details on that are at the end of this blog post.

The results were surprising and informative and showed that while almost all who surveyed acknowledged the importance of leveraging this type of critical information as a driver to meet key institutional metrics, a great opportunity exists for many higher institutions to highlight their departmental and individual achievements in a more successful manner.  More than half of the respondents in our survey felt they were not effectively promoting their departmental research and other achievements and less than 20% were happy with how individual achievements are promoted. That provides a lot of room for improvement -but why does marketing your milestones matter?

What Was Important

In the survey the metrics impacted by effectively marketing departmental and individual achievements included:  

new survey pie

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