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New Year Brings Changes To Web Services


As we start the new year, NDSU Agriculture Communication Web Services is undergoing a number of changes. Our personnel is changing. Our Ag Content Management System (Ag CMS) template is changing. We will be upgrading our Ag CMS software, and changing our approach to working differently.

Web technology specialist Julie Kuehl has left Web Services after more than a year of answering questions, preparing learning resources and posting to this blog. Julie did a great job for us, and she will be missed. The process to fill Julie's position has already begun. We hope to have a new staff member in place by April.

As you may have noticed, NDSU University Relations designed and launched a new look for NDSU web pages last fall. We will be launching a new template for the Ag CMS to more closely align our page design with the new design of NDSU web pages. We are holding off on launching the new template until we have completed an upgrade of the Ag CMS system. The Ag CMS is built on Plone, an open-source content management software. Early this year, we will be upgrading from Plone 3 to Plone 4. This is a major upgrade that will likely present many challenges for us and few for you, as well. You will hear from us often on this blog, on the Ag CMS site and in your email inbox as we get nearer to making these changes.

Finally, we will be changing our approach to working differently. Working differently is the term we use to describe the individual and organizational change necessary for NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service to flourish in an increasingly networked society. Working differently includes, but is not limited to, the use of online networks and social tools for gathering and sharing information, for learning and for teaching (learn more about working differently).

Our efforts to get you and others involved in online networks, social tools and new media, will include more opportunities like our Twitter cohorts, which allowed participants to immerse themselves in the culture of Twitter. We will work to cultivate your opportunities to learn from your colleagues at NDSU and around the world. We will build resources designed to provide learning at the time you need it. All of these efforts will be enhanced by your input and feedback.

You can help us get 2012 started on the right track. Just complete this survey  on your use of online networks and social tools for workplace learning.

The survey should take about 5 minutes.

Thanks in advance for your time and happy new year.

 
 
 
 
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