June 10, 2002
Customized Student Portal puts array of information at students' fingertips
By Bonita Sebastian
UCSC's new Student Portal, a web service
providing everything from a customizable individual calendar with the student's course
schedule to weather forecasts, college and department information, and movie schedules,
is getting rave reviews from users.
Introduced on May 23 by Academic Information Systems for UC Santa Cruz undergraduate
and graduate students, the new system drew almost 4,000 users the first week.
|The Student Portal includes a peronalized calendar, above, and a course schedule,
"This site is awesome! It is exactly what I need to manage my time, and have
access to so many important sites," e-mailed one student.
"I really like having the weather, movie listings, search engine, my class,
and major-related stuff on the same web page," wrote another. "The layout
is very clean and concise--it's not overwhelming, but there is a lot of great info
Students log on to the Student Portal, using their student and personal ID numbers,
just as in the Teleslug system. They can then access individually tailored information,
including their current course schedule, academic deadlines, holidays, and administrative
messages. Students can also add their own events. Other general-interest information
includes news headlines and local event listings.
Additional Student Portal features include:
- Links and resources relevant to the student's college and major
- An interface that allows the student to customize the layout and content of the
page, including color schemes, links, and portal services such as news, sports, weather,
and movie listings
- The ability to view and update the user's mailing address of record around the
clock, 365 days a year, so important notices from UCSC are not lost in the mail
- The ability for designated administrative units to send messages to specific
groups of students
In addition to serving UCSC students, the system offers a guest log-in for those
not currently enrolled as students who would like to experience the portal.
The portal is a key step in UCSC's move toward a self-service model for providing
information to the entire campus community.
The current version of the portal (1.0) will be upgraded in December, with subsequent
upgrades and feature enhancements every six months. Users' comments on ways to improve
the system are encouraged.
More information regarding the AIS UCSC Student Portal is available from Mark
Cianca, AIS Director, (831) 459-4116; Bonita
Sebastian, AIS Training & Communication Manager, (831) 459-1471; and David
Rosen, web developer, (831) 459-4491
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