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Archive for March 2010

In Defense of the CMS

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Here’s a great article I found on Erin Kissane’s website incisive.nu. With much debate about the use of Content Management Systems, this article uncovers new perspectives that can help you better understand the role of a CMS and how you should be using it.

Click here for the article.


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March 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Goodbye, SkillNet. Hello UC Learning Center

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Campus Human Resources has launched a new Learning Management System (LMS) to replace the SkillNet system called the UC Learning Center.

The new system will utilize the UCLA Logon ID, and all employees must use their Logon ID to sign up for classes or to complete assigned training (e.g., Ethics Briefing).

Bookmark it today: http://lms.ucla.edu

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March 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Why Your Users May Overlook Your Site’s Important Features

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Jakob Neilsen, known by many as “The Guru of Web Page Usability,” shares his knowledge of Graphical User Interface (GUI) design strategies for today’s web developers. He addresses the importance of keeping actionable elements close to one another, as not to confuse or mislead the user.

An excerpt:

When buttons, drop-downs, checkboxes, or other actionable GUI elements are too far away from the objects they act on, people don’t see them. Often, users don’t realize what they’re missing and simply assume the features aren’t available.

Here’s the full article. And be sure to bookmark Neilsen’s web site for insightful articles about usability.

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March 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Shorter, Simpler URLs for UCLA Web Pages

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Here’s a helpful site you should bookmark immediately. UCLA Communications & Public Outreach has launched a UCLA branded URL shortener at http://ucla.in. The service allows users to shorten a long URL, share it and then track the resulting usage, while keeping the UCLA name as part of the URL.

For example, ucla.in converts this long link:

http://map.ais.ucla.edu/portal/site/UCLA/menuitem.b67ecc2ab4bd59c1ae13e110f8 48344a/?vgnextoid=38b9f9c37ed01210VgnVCM100000e1d76180RCRD

into this short link:


Unlike traditional URL shorteners, which can create URLs to any site, ucla.in only shortens UCLA web page links (containing ucla.edu). As this service grows, it can also act as a trusted URL to UCLA web pages for users.

Important Guidelines for Using Shortened URLs in the Portal

Though shortened links generated in ucla.in are ideal for use in email and print, this service is NOT intended to replace the current Portal standard for inserting links in Related Information or embedded links. You must still follow the appropriate method of inserting links by browsing for the article in VCM or by using “/go/<article ID>” or “/portal/”. Adhering to this standard will ensure the proper monitoring of Omniture analytics and broken links in the Portal.

You can also shorten the URL of any Portal article by clicking on its hyperlinked ID number located just above the title.

For more information, please go to http://ucla.in/9Hqfv7 or contact Mike Takahashi at mtakahashi@support.ucla.edu.

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March 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm