So you’ve set up your U.OSU site, you have an About page, some snazzy Widgets, and a post or two. Now it’s time to work on increasing your social reach. Additives tend to have a negative connotation (no sugar added, etc.) but in this case, social additives can propel your site to the next level. Here are three simple steps to get you on your way.
U.OSU has been live for four months now, making way for a true community of Ohio State web authors. You’ve shared your travels, research projects, professional successes and creative masterpieces. Our rise in numbers is just a reflection of your many imaginative uses for the platform. Here’s how U.OSU has grown so far:
Edublogs, the service behind U.OSU, hosts an annual awards celebration to promote and demonstrate the educational values of social media.
Fun fact: “The Edublog Awards started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.”
Some of the best teaching and learning content, on Edublogs and other social media, has undoubtedly been created right here at Ohio State. Help recognize our content creators by submitting a nomination by Sunday, December 1st.
U.OSU officially launches today as Ohio State’s professional website platform. With the university-wide roll out, we’re celebrating new enhancements provided for students, faculty and staff to develop their own authentic web presence with our service.
New Ways to Share
In our newest Oval theme you can turn the blog functionality off, or locate it separately from the front page, lending the spotlight to content that’s more static. Insert an image in the banner space to personalize your site in a big way.
Try the New Theme
Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Live Preview under Oval Theme
U.OSU will be undergoing maintenance late Friday night, November 15. The work will begin at 11:30 PM and should be complete by 2:00 AM Saturday morning. During the maintenance period, access to U.OSU will be limited. Users can expect outages.
The vendor will be implementing improvements to their infrastructure and hardware. Users will not notice any changes in features or interface after the work is complete.
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
U.OSU is the university’s easy-to-use professional website platform. Share your work and explore sites from throughout The Ohio State community. “U” because it’s about the work you do at this university.
What is it?
U.OSU provides web space to support professional and educational activities at The Ohio State University. Students, faculty and staff use U.OSU.EDU to share independent work, host course assignments, enhance project visibility, communicate within groups, and represent organizations.
What’s under the hood?
For those who want the technical details, the service is a multi-site WordPress installation hosted by EduBlogs. It provides a flexible and easily accessible platform for individuals to post about their work. Sites can contain both static pages and chronological blog posts.
How can I use it?
U.OSU is designed to support professional sites for groups and individuals affiliated with Ohio State. What does that mean? Here are some examples:
- A professional profile that highlights scholarly, pedagogical, and service activities, with pages for a biographical statement, curriculum vitae, teaching overview and course listing, research statement and more.
- A portfolio of projects, both in process and completed, that can be used to demonstrate skills and experiences. Regular posts can share progress on ongoing projects in the field or in the classroom.
- A forum to enable sharing among community members who might otherwise be separated geographically or by discipline.
- A site to host and share resources, notes, and collections of digital materials.
- A site created for use in a class or as a group project (assuming the site is ultimately owned and managed by one individual).
Follow our footsteps or think up something new. The next step is yours!
Where do I go for help?
If you need help the Teaching and Learning Resource Center is your first stop, with tutorials and answers to frequently asked questions. If you need additional support or can’t find what you are looking for, email email@example.com or call the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 (HELP).
Details such as Service Level Targets and other fine print is available in the OCIO Service Catalog.
updated Jan 25 2021