Hi Santiago (and all),

These are templates Kim Doberstein in ASR created. Kim does great work and there's nothing wrong with the templates these sites are using. 

One of the things we're looking at improving, if we can, is the way the site search is set up. This template header allows you to search either that Google site or umn.edu. If it was a comprehensive search, it would give results for all umn.edu and all umn.edu Google sites, not just the Google site you're on. (Pete W. should feel free to correct me if I didn't get that quite right.)

For now, keep using what you've got. I'll be letting everyone know when we have a new design.

And thanks for asking!

Kathy Jensen
University Relations
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On Feb 1, 2013, at 10:30 AM, Santiago Fernandez-Gimenez <[log in to unmask]> 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:

The Finance work stream site:

The Student work stream site

What do you think?


On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM, Kathy Jensen <[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 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.

Kathy Jensen
Marketing & E-Communications
University Relations
University of Minnesota

Santiago Fernández-Giménez
Assistant Program Director:  Communications, Change Management, & Training
Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP)
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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