Digital Transformation for The College of Humanities

Office of Digital Humanities has been providing exceptional service to faculty members in the College of Humanities. One of our services is the content management solution, which is especially essential for the college and faculty. Generally speaking, building a website requires some scripting skills such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript or PHP. However, not everyone knows how to code or has time to learn how to code. Therefore, building a website can be a challenging task to many people who are not tech savvy.

Under former Dean John Rosenberg’s request for finding a suitable website solution, ODH was able to find an open source content management solution to provide a website solution to the College and faculty members. The platform they chose was WordPress. In 2015, Tory Anderson, senior web application developer, successfully built eight department websites by using WordPress platform. According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 43% of all the websites on the Internet. Using WordPress as website solution is an ideal solution for individuals who lack experience in building websites. More importantly, WordPress allows users to build and manage a website without having to code it from scratch or without knowing any code at all.

Philosophy Department Legacy Website German & Russian Department Legacy Website

(left: College Humanities Legacy main website, middle: Philosophy department legacy website, right: German & Russian department legacy website)

During the past several years, students, faculty, and alumni were able to utilize department websites and the college website created by ODH. For instance, Students were able to find course information related to their studies and used course information to plan their graduations. Faculty members were able to access department resources for their teaching or research. Alumni were able to use websites for other purposes including networking with others, reading recent posted news, or donating to the College. In addition, the web support team was able to integrate department websites and the college website with Google analytics to provide valuable information to the college communication team for marketing and other purposes.

ODH has been playing an essential role in providing a website solution to the College. Hundreds of students and faculty member have been benefitted from the services provided by ODH.