It’s time to say goodbye to a Drake staple – blueView. This fall, a new launch page called myDrake will be taking its place and will have a new look and feel to it.
According to Carla Herling, Drake’s IT communications manager, this project has been in the works for a long time.
Ellucian is the software that runs Banner, the system behind myDUSIS. The current version of Ellucian used for blueView is no longer being supported, which means that IT has no choice but to create a new launch page to replace blueView.
Another reason for getting rid of blueView? It’s getting cluttered, according to Herling.
“It’s just like any time anyone moves into a house and at first, you’re like, okay, everything’s neat,” Herling said. “Then you get more stuff, and you get more stuff, and then suddenly you’re like, oh dear, I need to clean.”
Herling also cites changing technology as another reason for making the switch.
“What met the needs of students then doesn’t necessarily meet the needs of students now,” Herling said.
A beta group, which is a testing group, is slated to start playing around on the myDrake launch page around mid-May.
“We are getting close enough with the initial layout of the different pages that we can start having a small group of people, and we’re going to have faculty, staff and students who are going to be testing it,” Herling said.
The new page is supposed to be running in parallel with blueView in the fall. MyDrake is only replacing blueView, not myDUSIS, so registering for classes and other functions will be the same.
“We’re going to keep everything up at the same time. The hope is that after the tenth day in the semester we can shut off blueView in the fall,” Herling said.
Giada Morresi, the facilities and technology senator, is the student representative on the myDrake team.
“A lot of times there’s a disconnect between the adults who work at Drake and the students at Drake, just because we do things differently, we see things differently, and we utilize Drake resources differently,” Morresi said.
Morresi has her own committee that has been looking at a mock-up of the site and bringing back feedback. Morresi also helped create the Frequently Asked Questions page on Drake’s website about myDrake, which can be found at http://www.drake.edu/its/pm/ourprojects/mydrakefaqs/.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty smooth transition,” Morresi said.
Student senators will be taught how to use the new page, and there will be sessions taught by IT on how to navigate the new page next semester.
“We’re basically just putting together a communication plan on how to unroll and communicate myDrake to campus,” said Ashton Hockman, assistant director of campus relations. “And just making sure that they’re aware that the new portal is coming. We’re also trying to equip our IT team with tools on how to present the new portal to campus, how to train people on the implementation of it.”
MyDrake will also have a single sign-on feature, and will let students launch their Drake email, Blackboard and any other functions that are on blueView now. The page will also be customized for students and faculty, so that users aren’t seeing things they don’t need to see.
“The biggest difference will be visually, it has a new look and feel,” Hockman said. “More of a modern look to it. Functionality wise, I think it will be more efficient and easier for users to use. “