Hi Kathy

Just to add to Santiago's comments.  I know that the ESUP Student and 
Portal (https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/portal/) workstreams are 
using gadgets that I built for the header.  Both sites are not using a 
specific global theme, but have each created templates inside the site 
itself.  While there have been hurdles, we are finding Google sites to 
be a great option for small informative sites.

In addition, we've learned a lot about how to manage permissions within 
a site - especially when working with all campuses.  I'm in process of 
writing up our "lessons learned".

Kathy - contact me off list today if you want a closer look at the 
Portal site or more of a description of how the gadget is constructed or 
a copy of our "lessons learned".


On 2/1/13 10:30 AM, Santiago Fernandez-Gimenez wrote:
> Hi Kathy,
> The ESUP is using Google Sites extensively.  I'm new to the Program, 
> and Jim Thorp doesn't know what templates we are using, but I suspect 
> it's sort of "good enough" but perhaps not meeting your guidelines 
> exactly.  Would you like to take a look?
> Here is the Portal project site:
> https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/portal/
> The Finance work stream site:
> https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/finance-project-work-stream/
> The Student work stream site
> https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/esup-student/home
> What do you think?
> Santiago
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM, Kathy Jensen <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>     Hello all,
>     This afternoon, the Communicators Forum listserv started a
>     conversation about using Google sites. I thought the message I
>     wrote on that list would be of interest to this list as well.
>     For the past few months, Chris Goodland from OIT and I have been
>     working on branded templates for Google sites that can be used by
>     University units. The template mentioned on the Forum list for IT
>     communities of practice <http://it.umn.edu/home/cops> is one that
>     we had collaborated on a year or so ago and is a good choice for
>     anyone who needs to develop a Google site right away.
>     In the upcoming months, U Relations will be working closely with
>     OIT to more fully develop this template and work through the
>     details that units need to be aware of when using Google sites.
>     Things like being sure to set your site's permissions correctly to
>     avoid publishing a site that anyone at the U can edit, or refining
>     the search in a way that will allow it to produce the results your
>     want or expect.
>     Along with the template development, we are writing guidelines and
>     instructions that will help ensure units understand how a site
>     should properly be constructed for use as an official University site.
>     Beyond Google sites, we are also working to provide approved,
>     branded templates for other Google apps, such as Blogger, docs,
>     spreadsheets, and so on.
>     If your unit is interesting in using Google for an official
>     University site, please let me know. We'd be happy to work with
>     you as we develop templates for University use.
>     Thanks!
>     Kathy
>     -- 
>     Kathy Jensen
>     Marketing & E-Communications
>     University Relations
>     University of Minnesota
>     612-624-5808 <tel:612-624-5808>
> -- 
> Santiago Fernández-Giménez
> Assistant Program Director:  Communications, Change Management, & Training
> Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP)
> University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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> 612-625-6423
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> Is that useful to know?

Kim Doberstein

Analyst / User experience
Portal Project - Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP)
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University of Minnesota

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