This project was undertaken to introduce new faculty to the technology resources available at Miami University. Using Flash and XML, it was possible to combine all the commonalities faculty have with specific personal data on a single CD. This combination created completely personalized information including network account settings, departmental library and technical support representatives, user-centered campus maps, academic resources, and discipline specific online learning materials. Duplicating this effort for each faculty member required simply changing userID and academic department variables for each CD. Because of the CD’s success, similar projects in other areas were spawned using the same architecture.
The New Faculty CD included the following content sections:
This section introduces the new faculty to the central computing
resources available to them and provides hyperlinks and easy to
follow instructions for configuring things such as email and web
page accounts. In addition, this area provides the answer to the
most popular question, “What is my user name and password?”
The Instructor Resources section brings to light not only all Miami
University units designed to assist faculty in improving teaching and
learning, but also the MERLOT website, which provides
department-specific online learning materials.
When things go wrong, or a faculty member needs help with
technology, where do they go? This section breaks down all of the
support areas at Miami. It also provides the faculty with their own
academic department’s support representative contact information.
The campus map contains an interactive version of the standard
fold-out to help orient faculty to the Oxford campus. This special
version initializes by labeling and centering the faculty member’s
academic department with a “YOU ARE HERE” type marker. Then,
provides a link list of common places all new faculty must visit within
the first few weeks of the semester. A click on the list visually
reveals the buildings location in relation to their office.
Huge Tips is a helpful list of all of the little known resources
available to faculty, such as reduced-rate home broadband service
and interest free loans for personal home computers. In addition, a
complete list of grants and resources are available.
A list of all of the local eateries is included for newcomers. Broken
down by type of restaurant, this list provides numbers, hyperlinks to
menus, and directions to the establishment and indicates whether or
not they deliver.