Web Profiles Module: Webinar and FAQs

Faculty web profiles are one of the top three places prospective students and faculty, donors, alumni and community members go to learn about the real-world impact of your institution and the opportunities they’ll have by becoming part of the campus community. So it’s critical you’re always presenting a full and current story.

In this webinar, you will learn about a new way to leverage the faculty activities captured in Faculty Success for web profiles—with minimal work for your IT team!


Speakers

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Brett Weisz

 Associate Chief Information Officer
Montana State University - Billings

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Grae Desmond

Web Development & Operations Lead, Office of Institutional Research and Planning
North Carolina State University

Anthony Fuger

Product Marketing Manager
Faculty Success by Watermark

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David Sarnowski (Moderator)

Client Success Manager
Faculty Success by Watermark


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee associated with this new web profiles integration option?
Yes, there is a separate fee for this add-on to Faculty Success by Watermark. This fee is based on the number of units and faculty in each unit. Your Client Success Manager can provide a personalized quote.

Is the new web profiles integration option compliant with WCAG AA guidelines?
Yes, all faculty facing features that we build are accessible.

With what content management systems is this compatible?
This new offering is compatible with any content management or home grown system that can render javascript. Examples include Wordpress, Drupal, Terminal Four and OU Campus.

Can this be used without a content management system?
Yes, as long as the institution’s site can render javascript.

How does one determine the content to pull into the web profile?
Your Faculty Success administrator or a web profile administrator to which you grant Self-Service Reporting access will build a self-service report template to determine rules by which content from your data collection screens will be pulled into your web profiles. You can create as many reports as needed in order to respond to the varying needs your university, colleges and departments might have. By building the template using our Self-Service Reporting utility you will have maximum flexibility to add the individual categories you need. In addition, you can filter content, group it and format it using the same tool you are already used to.

Once you have your template, you will be able to generate a small snippet of javascript, which the administrator of your content management system will integrate to connect Faculty Success and the CMS.

Faculty will have the ability to control which activities appear on their web profile through a new Allow Sharing toggle that will become available to them on the summary screen for the relevant data collection screens in the system.

What does the web profile show if a faculty member doesn’t have any records for a screen that the template is configured to include?
There is an option within Self-Service Reporting that allows you to determine whether you want to include blank sections in your report. If you choose to include blank sections, the section heading will show up regardless if the faculty member has activities associated with it or not. If you choose not to include blank sections, the section header will be suppressed for faculty who do not have activities for that section. 

Does this integration option provide a way to build the faculty directory?
Not at this time. The faculty directory must be maintained within your content management system.

How does the web profile respond to changes to the data?
The web profile is cached for 12 hours in order to provide optimum performance.

How does the integration respond to changes in the data collection structure as screens and fields are added and removed?
The Self-Service Reporting tool will take care of that for you. For example, if you set up the report template that drives the content of your web profiles to include just peer-reviewed articles, and later remove the field that this filter is based on from your data collection instrument, the report will automatically remove that peer-reviewed filter and your web profiles will continue to function without issue.

Does this tool support including images in web profiles?
Yes, you can store images within Faculty Success or point to a remote system.

How can we reflect our university branding and apply other style preferences to web profiles that use this integration?
You can modify the styles once the web profile has been embedded in your content management system by including basic Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Can a faculty member control which records in Faculty Success (e.g., publications, service records) appear on their web profile?
Yes, faculty members will have control over which records in Faculty Success appear in their web profiles via a new Allow Sharing toggle which will be located on the summary screen for each screen (e.g., publications, service).

Do you have any examples of web profiles powered by this integration option?
Montana State University-Billings and North Carolina State University are actively working to finish their web profile integrations as we speak, and will provide links to those as soon as possible. In the meantime please see our demonstration profiles for Your University, which actively leverage Wordpress and the live data, self-service report template and javascript snippet from our Your University demo environment.

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