Q. What's going on? Why do some faculty have laptops that use Windows 7?
A. Technology has changed. More up-to-date (not necessarily new) laptops are being issued to faculty members on a college/school-by-college/school basis. These laptops use Windows 7 as their operating system instead of Windows XP.
Q. When will I get mine?
A. They are being issued by college/school with the expectation of being finished by the end of the spring semester.
Q. Will this change how I access and edit my web pages?
A. Yes. One big change is that if you have a laptop that uses Windows 7 as the operating system you will no longer be able to use MS FrontPage to edit your faculty web. You must use MS SharePoint Designer 2007 instead. Follow these instructions to download SharePoint 2007 and to make it similar to the FrontPage configuration you have been using.
Q. I heard we were moving away from FrontPage and going to a content management system to access and edit our web pages. Is that still true?
A. Yes. The rollout has been delayed due to some technical challenges, but sometime during the school year the university website will convert to using DotNetNuke (DNN). The Center for Instructional Development (CID) and the Office of Information and Technology Services (OITS) are setting up a process to create new faculty webs and provide training in DNN on how to move content from existing faculty websites. This is going to be done one college/school at a time throughout fall and spring semesters or by individual appointment.
Q. So why do I need to use SharePoint?
A. SharePoint is an interim program for those who have Windows 7 until DNN becomes available.
Q. Will I lose anything from my faculty web? Do I need to make copies?
A. Once you set up your new web in DNN you should be able to copy content from your faculty web. OITS also has a plan in place to retain old content for a short time. However, if you want to be sure that you don't lose anything, you can back up your web page content to your laptop.
Q. Will my pages look exactly the same in DNN as they did in Front Page?
A. Since DNN is a different program there will be some differences in the layout, colors, background, etc., but you should be able to transfer all your content.
Q. What specific things should I put on my web page?
A. Clayton State University tries not to inhibit academic freedom on faculty web pages. Having said that, though, contact information is a must, and for DNN users it can be pulled automatically from the Clayton State University directory as part of the faculty web page template. Many departments require that faculty members post their current course syllabi on their web pages. Some faculty include their photos and vita, but these are not required by the university. To protect your work, it is strongly suggested that you place any course content beyond the syllabus in Georgia View where it will be password protected.
Q. This is all over my head. Who can I call for help?
A. Whether you're using Front Page, SharePoint, or DNN, the CID staff would be happy to assist you with your web page. To schedule an appointment, please call 678-466-4190 or email CID@clayton.edu. While an appointment is not necessary, it does help us schedule our time to best meet your needs. Remember that CID will also offer DNN training once faculty webs become available.
The Center for Instructional Development occupies Rooms 138-151 in the University Center. From the main hall of the University Center on the 2nd floor, take the down stairs located next to the study lounge. You can also walk down the green carpeted hall from the HUB on the first floor of the University Center. Look for the CID signs just before you get to Media Services.
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Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; After 12:00 PM, by appointment only.