Monday, 23 April 2007

Settings and Permissions

I have been working on trying to set up a HR Managers area in the test portal (LifeRay), a Managers area and a Learners area. Before completing this hit a couple of fundermental issues for different groups seeing simular information and also sharing information across users. I think it is based on my understanding of roles and communities within the portal so even with permissions across groups the different users could not see the same information, and the end user could do too much across the portal, as we are hoping to make it mostly a push site. Hopefully Sam will be able to sort it out. We have managed to give the portal the same colour scheme as the project website which is nice :) I have set up a HR Managers area with loads of information in it that seems to make sense. I have passed the information on to the team to check out and also now waiting to see what they think of the portal.

Monday, 16 April 2007

Presentations and Use Cases

I have (fingers crossed) now finished the final report for the SURF WBL project so now I can put that project to bed, oh no how could I forget dissemination?! Have a number of events coming up relating to both the SURF WBL project and the SURF WBL-Way project. Off to Bradford this week to help contribute to a project that is planning to use the learning objects from the SURF WBL project within a personal learning space for students on Foundation Degrees. Next week involves a trip to Taunton and the week after I am spending some time in Wales. I have a number of presentations, workshops and papers to put together which is going to keep me busy. We are also planning to publicise the projects using the in house newsletter IS Connections.

SURF WBL-Way need not feel neglected - I am working hard with the LDI team to try and get a working demonstration in place for the portal. This includes getting the layout to look good and the tools to look useful. A main start was the logo selection at the last project meeting and sitting down with Sam to think about Use Cases based on the partner interviews and also on the report by AimHigher. Meanwhile the project partners are working at identifying gaps in our supporting materials to go on the portal.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Spring time

Spring is in the air, portals are up and running, things are looking sunny in the project world of SURF WBL-Way.

For the last few weeks Sam and I have been looking at the employer database, now that we have spoken to the Corporate and Student information teams we have a better idea of how things fit together and can now push something to Mark and back to the Corporate information team.

The marketing team have managed to come up with a logo we are all happy with (bar the colour) so will be able to get that up on our site in the next two weeks (the marketing contact has the next week on holiday) and it can also go onto our demonstration portal. The team meeting went well, with ideas being spoken about how to get marketing involved from the different colleges, and at what stage that should happen. We spoke about getting the demo a bit more polished before showing it externally so I have two days planned with Ray to get it looking good with demo content.