Interactive Web Features
The Office of Web Services develops, creates and implements interactive web features that periodically take the place of the university’s weekly featured photos on the UIS homepage.
In June of 2016, the Office of Web Services created a 360° Photo Sphere of the Colonnade for the UIS homepage. The Photo Sphere turned automatically, but could be navigated using a mouse, or by swiping inside the image from a smartphone. View the Photo Sphere and learn more about The Colonnade on the feature web page.
In May of 2016, the Office of Web Services developed and released a small game for the UIS homepage named ORIONpong. The game was meant to give students a stress-reliever and a break from finals.
Black History Month
In February of 2016, the Office of Web Services worked with Shannon O’Brien, Senior Photographer with Campus Relations, to feature stories that focused on the UIS tradition of celebrating Black History Month, starting in 1973 as Black Awareness Week. The tradition continues today with current students finding ways to add their voices to the conversation. See more on the Black History Month feature web page.
Find Your Way Around UIS
In August of 2015, during the start of the semester, the Office of Web Services released a layered, annotated map that includes helpful locations on campus. The map took hours of planning and plotting to complete. The resource was put in place as an an effort to assist new and differently-abled students and visitors to the UIS Campus. See more resources and information on the Find Your Way Around UIS feature web page. The layered, OpenStreetMap can also be found on the UIS Maps website.
The UIS Global Experience Program
In July and August of 2015, the Office of Web Services worked with Shannon O’Brien, Senior Photographer with Campus Relations, to feature students who were part of the UIS Global Experience Program over the summer. An interactive map with each student’s travel experience appeared on the UIS homepage over the course of eight weeks. Read more about the story on the UIS Global Experience feature web page.
In July of 2015, Shannon O’Brien, Senior Photographer with Campus Relations, led an effort to feature 3D Printing in the UIS Chemistry Department. She worked with Jeff Sudduth in Information Technology Services, and the Office of Web Services assisted by adding video to the homepage and creating the 3D Printing feature web page.
UIS Archives/Special Collections
In October of 2014, the Office of Web Services worked with Thomas J. Wood, University Archivist to create an interactive feature that focused on UIS Archives/Special Collections records concerning the Portuguese community in Springfield, Illinois history. The UIS homepage featured a photo and audio clip. See the project on the UIS Archives/Special Collections feature web page.
In October of 2014, the Office of Web Services worked with Campus Relations and Marketing to record short videos of students, staff, and faculty sharing their favorite things about UIS. Over 80 videos were recorded and shared on the UIS homepage on the same day. View the videos on the UIS Moments feature web page.
In May of 2014, the Office of Web Services released an interactive graduation card, that allowed friends and family of UIS graduates to select one of three congratulatory cards and add their own message, which could be emailed to individual graduates and also appeared on the UIS homepage.
This I Believe
In March of 2014, The Office of Web Services released an interactive web feature titled “This I Believe”. This I Believe is WUIS’ annual essay program for central Illinois high school seniors and was started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951 to allow anyone able to distil the guiding principles by which they lived. In the feature, visitors of the UIS homepage could listen to audio of each student’s essay.
In February of 2014, The Office of Web Services released an interactive section of the spiritual song “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” to mark Black History Month at UIS. “Spirituals” were songs sung by slaves and were also called “plantation songs” and “sorrow songs”. “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” is one such song.
The Social Map
In January of 2014, The Office of Web Services released an interactive social map that allowed students, faculty and staff to plot their hometowns on a world map, showing how widespread the UIS community truly is.