Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
August 1, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
 

Laurierís website is moving and itís time to start packing.

As part of the creation of a new university website, Laurierís core web-project team will spend the next few months helping faculties and administrative departments create an inventory of pages within their sections of the current website, evaluate the content, and plan and write new content.

This will ensure that only relevant and accurate information will be moved to the new website this fall. After all, thereís nothing worse than moving to a new house and having it cluttered up with boxes that will never be opened!

Laurier began a website renewal process in late 2012, but the project got its official start in February 2014 when a new web-project team kicked-off the development process. Laurierís web-project team is working with web strategy and design firm mStoner, as well as team members from ITS and CPAM, to develop the new website. The website, which will use Hannon Hillís Cascade Server as the content management system (CMS), will be rolled out in stages beginning in mid-to-late fall 2014.

Milestones/tasks completed since February 2014:

  • Student and faculty intake sessions with mStoner took place Feb. 5.
  • The page prototypes and high-level information architecture (IA) were developed in February and March.
  • Prototypes and IA user testing was conducted with prospective students (undergrad, grad, domestic and international) and staff in February. 
  • Based on the user testing results, prototypes and IA were revised and approved by the Website Steering Committee in March.
  • Style tiles (design elements) were reviewed and approved by the Website Steering Committee in March.
  • A design concept consistent with Laurierís brand guidelines, the page prototypes and style tiles was approved by the Website Steering Committee April 30.
  • Current tasks happening in parallel include a web governance report, a content audit of the current site, and new content creation.

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Website Development Timeline

Strategy Phase (Winter-Spring 2014): Planning the siteís navigation, marketing and communications strategy, and governance structure.

Creative Phase (Winter-Summer 2014): Designing web page concepts and prototypes, creating a suite of web page templates, auditing the current websiteís content and developing new content. 

Implementation Phase (Summer-Fall 2014): Building and implementing the design of the new CMS using Cascade Server, creating and uploading content, and usability testing. The implementation phase will occur in stages to accommodate the immense amount of data that will need to be created and added to the new CMS.