The MyUVa Portal Project Tim Sigmon December, 2001
History • Pilot launched in February, 2001 • Collaboration with Student Council, Student Affairs, University Relations, and ITC • focused on students • home-grown infrastructure • purchased three small servers • login required (CMS or HDS/blue password) • channels • email stats, news, event calendar, MyCourses, MyNetmarks, MyReminders, useful links
Lessons Learned • Student feedback was extremely positive • However, usage was low • mainly due to not enough functionality to keep them coming back • Main suggestions: • users should have more control over channels, e.g., subscriptions, look and feel, etc. • want single sign-on • want to read email inline • needs more functionality
Next Phase of MyUVa • Working toward new pilot in spring, 2002 • Must bring real value to users • what’s the threshold of required functionality? • uPortal infrastructure • being developed by JA-SIG consortium of universities • gives users control over channel subscription, layout, skins, etc.
Planned Functionality • Virtual single sign-on (optional credential caching) • Email (either builtin client or previous mail stats with autologin to webmail) • calendar (initially CTime, then other sources) • discussion groups (from Toolkit and general) • class lists (with autologin to Toolkit) • Integrating more content • personal bookmarks • RSS: Cavalier Daily, Topnews, national sources • event calendars (student and University) • channels written/contributed by others (library, students, etc.)