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]> 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 > -- Santiago Fernández-Giménez Assistant Program Director: Communications, Change Management, & Training Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP) University of Minnesota - Twin Cities [log in to unmask] 612-625-6423 StrengthsQuest assessment classifies my strengths as: Arranger ° Ideation ° Strategic ° Achiever ° Woo Is that useful to know?