Web CMS provider OmniUpdate, which specializes in serving the web content management needs of the higher education industry, is releasing version 9.18 of its OU Campus CMS platform.
The latest iteration of OUCampus enables the secure editing of online content through integrated Web-based distributed authoring and versioning (WebDAV) functionality. This means OUCampus developers can gain access to the CMS staging server to edit content using WebDAV-compliant tools including Adobe Dreamweaver, <oXygen/> XML Editor, Cyberduck, Transmit and Coda 2.
OUCampus administrators can still apply all OUCampus permissions, file locking management and other features to users of third-party WebDAV-compliant tools. In addition, users check out files they work on with third-party applications to avoid having multiple users editing the same file simultaneously.
OUCampus Strives for ‘BWCMSOC’
The latest upgrade to OUCampus is part of OmniUpdate’s continuing effort to make the solution the “BWCMOC” (Big Web CMS on Campus). OmniUpdate is on an aggressive update/upgrade schedule. OUCampus Version 9.17, including a feature OmniUpdate called “multi-target publishing” that enables users to create a workflow that spreads across multiple servers, debuted in November 2012. This shortly followed OUCampus Version 9.16, which included tweaks such as improved auto-tag completion for HTML coding, released in September 2012, and version 9.15 with filtering and tagging updates and new scheduling options came out in May 2012, just one month after version 9.14 debuted with a page accessibility check feature.
As CMSWire noted in September 2012, “looking at how frequently OmniUpdate makes these changes shows it is likely working closely with its customers and listening.” And indeed, OmniUpdate says it integrated WebDAV into OU Campus “based on input from some of its most technical higher education customers.”
Colleges Need to Earn Passing Digital Content Grade
Colleges and universities need to earn a passing grade in developing digital content. Solutions like OU Campus can help them create varsity-level digital content, but having the right technology is only part of the answer. An October 2010 FastCompany article on how poorly many higher education institutions fare when it comes to digital content is still relevant today.
“College Web sites are still largely organized around the internal structure of the institution and not the goals of external users,” states FastCompany. “But beyond that, few colleges have invested in user experience as an internal core competency.
“Roles such as information architects, usability experts, interaction designers and content strategists simply don't exist on most higher education Web teams. These team members are needed to move beyond cookie cutter templates to more holistic experiences that connect the entire student lifecycle.”
Colleges and universities deploying OUCampus or similar applications need to also examine their internal IT teams and flesh them out, if necessary. Tools are a wonderful thing, but don’t do much besides look good unless you know how to use them.
More than 550 college and university websites are managed using OU Campus.
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