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2017 Website Analytics Report for College, University, and Higher Education Websites

April 11, 2017

“How does our site compare to our peers?” This is one of the most common questions we get from our clients. To help answer it and to benchmark your site, we’ve compiled the analytics on a set of higher education websites to understand the current browsing behaviors. This data captures browsing behavior between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

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ADA Website Accessibility Compliance in Higher Education

April 10, 2017

Real-world accessibility solutions have been commonplace for some time. Wheelchair accessible ramps outside of buildings, braille numbers on ATM keypads, and chirping audio cues at crosswalks are just a few accessibility features we often take for granted. How accessibility translates to the digital space, however, is a question that industries across the web are still struggling to answer. Particularly in higher education.

Last month, in response to a Justice Department accessability order, The University of California, Berkeley had two options:

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7 Strategies for Recruiting Adult Learners and Non-Traditional Students

March 06, 2017

Higher education institutions tend to define “non-traditional students” or “adult learners” as students over 25 who are returning to college to complete an undergraduate degree or undertake an undergraduate degree for the first time. Under this definition, approximately 38% of college students in the U.S.

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The Future of the Virtual Campus Tour

February 13, 2017

When most people think of virtual reality, they conjure images of clunky headsets and an endless sea of wires and sensors. They may think of video games, and futuristic setups with users strapped into sophisticated rigs exploring complex digital environments. They almost certainly don’t think about higher education.

But as the technology progresses, it might be time to start questioning how higher education can benefit from virtual reality.

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The Future of Email Newsletters

January 20, 2017

Last November, I presented at Confab Higher Ed on what higher ed can learn from new trends in email newsletters. Yes, you read that right: email newsletters, arguably the hottest digital platform today (sorry, Snapchat) and it was invented in 1972.

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Website Personalization Approaches: Explicit, Implicit, and Contextual

January 13, 2017

The concept of website personalization is a simple one.

To improve the overall experience of its users, a site utilizes information — such as geographical location, browsing history, and demographic data — to present unique content that’s specific to each individual’s needs. We’ve all experienced the power of personalization and an improved experience through Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook. These sites improve our digital experience – and draw us deeper into the product – by providing the most relevant content.

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OHO’s Annual Volunteer Day: Cradles to Crayons

December 12, 2016

I started with OHO in November of 2015 and one of the first calendar invites I received was an invite to OHO’s Annual Volunteer Day. I was excited even though I didn’t really know anyone yet, but as it turns out this was probably the best possible introduction to both the folks at OHO and the company in general. Whether through Content, UX, or Development, OHO is the sort of place that takes pride in the impact of our work, and volunteering gives us a chance to get out of our heads and give back to our local community.

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The New Typical Student: How Three Schools Are Courting Adult Learners and Winning the Enrollment Game

November 29, 2016

The American Marketing Association (AMA) Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education is an opportunity for marketing leaders to come together to discuss strategies and the direction of the higher education market.

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What Prospective Undergraduates Want from Admissions Marketing Materials

November 08, 2016

User research is one of the pillars of our web design process, and I recently had the opportunity to join a focus group with ten prospective undergraduate students at the CASE Annual Conference for Publications Professionals in New Orleans.

While we didn’t organize the focus group, the format was similar to those we typically conduct. The high school students were provided print and digital admissions marketing materials, and they were asked to provide their feedback using the Think Aloud methodology.

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Law School Website Design: 7 Insights for Recruitment Success

October 18, 2016

With law schools across the country facing diminishing class sizes and enrollments, the pressure to recruit and retain students is increasing.

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