Leveraging Manila for

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Dec 8, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Leveraging Manila for
Learning

The Swiss Army Knife of Web
Development for Faculty, Staff

& Students

Presenters


Sean Baker, Web Manager, Computing
Services


sbaker2@monroecc.edu


Carol Burritt, Web Specialist, Computing
Services


cburritt@monroecc.edu

Monroe Community College, Rochester NY

The MCC Web Crew


Web Manager
-

Sean


team leadership, development, programming, design, Web
infrastructure, R&D, reporting, planning, not shrugging


Web Specialist
-

Carol


design, development, programming,

faculty/staff training for Manila


Web Specialist
-

Bob


design, development, programming,

primary Lotus Notes developer


Web Specialist (pt)


Dawn


design, development, programming,

primary liaison to academic departments

The MCC Web Toolkit


Servers


Apache, IIS, Domino, Frontier, MySQL, Oracle, SQL


Development


HTML, DHTML, PHP, ASP, Perl, Java, XML, JavaScript,
Lotus Notes, CSS….


Applications


HTML/Text Editors, DreamWeaver, Lotus Notes &
Notes Designer, Contribute, FrontPage, Flash,
Photoshop, Manila, Contribute

Types of Content


general information


news


Web Services for students and employees


sitelets for individual academic, student
service and administrative areas


sitelets for college community groups and
special projects


individual faculty sites

Manila is…


A browser
-
based tool that allows
authorized users to manage their website,
publish information, edit content, post
images and more with any browser from
any location.


A tool that allows for access and
functionality limitation through built in
membership and editorial roles features.

Manila is…


A tool with built in collaboration
capabilities through online discussion,
direct email and RSS feeds.


A tool that provides one touch content
editing control through the “Edit This
Page” button.


A tool that automatically archives Web site
content and makes it accessible through
links on generated calendars.

Manila is not….


a course management system


a content management system on the
scale that an institution the size of MCC
requires


the MCC Intranet


our primary Web development tool

Where does Manila fit in?


Manila has become the web development
tool for:


Individual faculty web sites


Organizational sites for faculty, staff and
student groups


Faculty Senate


Student Government


Faculty Association


student clubs

Where does Manila fit in?


Manila has become the web development
tool for:


Sites that meet the needs of special projects
for:


Group communication and collaboration


Information dissemination


Document archiving


Event promotion

Benefits of Manila for Users


Maintaining a Manila site does not require
knowledge of html coding, or web design
tools such as DreamWeaver or FrontPage



Benefits of Manila for Users


Graphic elements such as digital
photographs and properly formatted
artwork can be saved within the site
structure, and added to web pages.




Benefits of Manila for Users


Many digital file types can be loaded into a
Manila site space, to be accessed by web
site visitors. In Manila, these elements are
called Gems.


.pdf, Flash, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, audio,
video, zip, and more

Benefits of Manila for Users


Capability for
threaded
discussion is
built into every
Manila site


Benefits of Manila for Users


Participation in
the discussion
is limited to site
members


Email
notification can
be sent to
discussion
participants
whenever new
content is
posted

Benefits of Manila for Users


Through the built in feature of
membership and editorial roles,
functionality and access can be easily
controlled at many levels of a Manila site.


Roles:


managing editor


content editor


contributing editor


member


visitor

Benefits of Manila for Users


Access can be
controlled by role,
group inclusion or
time, right down to
a page level

Benefits of Manila for Users


ability to change the look of the site by
applying a different theme

Byan Bell, Weblogger.com

Benefits of Manila for Users


Once a Manila site is set up, the user can
focus on the content, not the design.


content that is available in other formats,
such as Word documents can be
incorporated into a Manila site in a
number of ways


resources can be made available to
anyone with internet access, on a 24/7
basis

Benefits of Manila for Users

Communication tools

Benefits for the Web Team


allows us to promote the use of Web sites
by many individuals and groups, for a
variety of purposes


many users become comfortable with the
tool with a minimum of instruction


the Frontier server license includes
frequent automatic upgrades, that provide
useful enhancements and improvements
to the tool

Benefits for the Web Team


Key administrative
functions such as site
creation and upkeep
usage logs, server
maintenance and
upgrades are web
based.

Benefits for the Web Team


both Frontier and Manila are fairly well
documented, making management and
user training easier


uses technologies that will most likely be
around for the foreseeable future, such as
XML, RSS, CSS


licensing cost is very attractive

Benefits of Manila


Scalability

"
The coolest thing about Manila is that it's as simple or
as deep as you want it to be. Few other Web products
scale well in both directions
--

you either wind up with
easy
-
to
-
use homepage
-
building tools that can't handle
dynamic sites, or you have complicated, expensive
content
-
management platforms that aren't helpful for
beginners or small sites. Manila lets anyone set up an
interactive Weblog quickly and easily, without any
client
-
side software, but that site can grow into a
sophisticated, high
-
traffic site on the same platform.”

Kevin Werbach,

Managing Editor of
Release 1.0