Designing Portals: Opportunities and Challenges

Designing Portals: Opportunities and Challenges

Ali Jafari (Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA) and Mark Sheehan (Montana State University, USA)
Release Date: July, 2002|Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 318
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-108-7
ISBN13: 9781591401087|ISBN10: 1591401089|EISBN13: 9781591401162
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Portals present unique strategic challenges in the academic environment. Their conceptualization and design requires the input of campus constituents who seldom interact and whose interests are often opposite. The implementation of a portal requires a coordination of applications and databases controlled by different campus units at a level that may never before have been attempted at the institution. Building a portal is as much about constructing intra-campus bridges as it is about user interfaces and content. Designing Portals: Opportunities and Challenges discusses the current status of portals in higher education by providing insight into the role portals play in an institution's business and educational strategy, by taking the reader through the processes of conceptualization, design, and implementation of the portals (in different stages of development) at major universities and by offering insight from three producers of portal software systems in use at institutions of higher learning and elsewhere.

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This volume provides a much-needed roadmap to the rapidly evolving field of web portals. Jafari and Sheehan have done a superb job of tying together critical elements of theory, practice, and case studies. Contributions by leaders such as Steve Ehrmann and Bill Graves make this required reading for strategic planners as well as for those who build and maintain university portals.

– Martin Ringle, President, NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium, USA
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Ali Jafari (jafari@iupui) has worked in the fields of Information Technology and Multimedia since 1985 as a software designer, system engineer, technology architect, professor and researcher. He has worked in various engineering, administrative and academic positions at the Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. He is currently Director of the IUPUI CyberLab and Professor of Computer Technology in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Dr. Jafari has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences and published in professional and scholarly journals on a variety of subjects in information technology as it relates to teaching and learning. Dr. Jafari’s research interests include interface design, agent-based learning environments, intelligent user interfaces and most recently Internet portals. Dr. Jafari has initiated, directed and co-developed several major research and development projects including the Interactive Multimedia Distribution System (1997), the Oncourse enterprise course management system (1999) and the Angel e-Learning Portal (2000). Professor Jafari’s new research and development project is electronic portfolios, a new teaching and learning portal environment to be built by a consortium of higher education institutions. For this purpose he has initiated and established the ePort Consortium (ePortConsortium.org).

Mark Sheehan (sheehan@montana.edu) is Executive Director for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Montana State University. In recent years he has presented an introduction to portal technologies to audiences at EDUCAUSE 2000, the 2000 and 2001 User Services Conferences of the Special Interest Group for University and College Computer Services (SIGUCCS) of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the 2001 annual meeting of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium. Dr. Sheehan writes frequently for such publications as EDUCAUSE Review, EDUCAUSE Quarterly and ONLINE. In 1995 he won the UMI Excellence in Writing Award for his article “Pulling the Internet Together with Mosaic,” published in ONLINE.

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