A new umanitoba.ca is here and is improving every week. 

On August 8, 2019, after extensive community consultation and over a year of development work, the university launched a new website starting with top-level webpages. This new site was designed with key audiences and their user journeys in mind.  

In stakeholder engagement with more than 1,700 prospective and current students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community members, the project team heard UM needed a new website that is: 

  • User-centred, with improved navigation and search; 

  • Mobile-friendly; 

  • Accessible; 

  • Visually appealing with a common look and feel; 

  • Easy-to-update for content creators; and 

  • Features improved performance management and measurement capabilities. 

A project of this size needed a phased approach. Remaining webpages will continue to migrate to the new site in stages, with faculty and department content moving throughout 2020 and will be updated continually with improvements based on feedback from our community. 

Published so far:

  • Ancillary Services  

  • Academic Integrity  

  • Academic Learning Centre  

  • Career Services  

  • Child Care  

  • College of Pharmacy  

  • Community Engaged Learning  

  • Counsellors page (Recruitment and Admissions) 

  • English Language Centre   

  • Enrolment Verification  

  • Faculty of Agriculture  

  • Faculty of Architecture  

  • Faculty of Education  

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies  

  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management  

  • Faculty of Social Work  

  • Financial Aid and Awards  

  • First Year Centre  

  • Government Relations  

  • Health and Wellness  

  • Indigenous Engagement  

  • Indigenous Qualico Bridge to Success  

  • Indigenous Student Recruitment  

  • International Centre  

  • Kinesiology and Recreation Facilities 

  • Marketing Communications Office  

  • Media Relations  

  • Partnerships and Innovation  

  • Photo ID, Tax Information  

  • Proof of Graduation  

  • Recreation Services  

  • Social Media directory  

  • Student Advocacy and Case Management  

  • Student Life  

  • Student Services Bannatyne  

  • Student Viewbook  

  • Transcripts  

  • Tuition tables  

  • UM Brand  

  • University Health Services  

  • Why UM 

In progress:

  • Asper School of Business 

  • Campus Planning Office 

  • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources 

  • College of Nursing 

  • College of Rehab Sciences 

  • Colleges: St Paul’s, St John’s 

  • Desautels Faculty of Music 

  • Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry 

  • Extended Education 

  • Faculty of Arts 

  • Governance 

  • Human Resources 

  • IST 

  • Libraries 

  • Office of Sustainability 

  • Physical Plant 

  • Price Faculty of Engineering 

  • Program Finder/explore 

  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences 

  • Research: MIM, Centre on Aging, RESOLVE 

  • Risk Management 

  • Smart Park 

We continue to welcome feedback by emailing ngwe@umanitoba.ca or through the feedback form at the bottom of the page. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are we transitioning to the new website?

The NGWE project contains five phases. We are currently in phase 4: site migrations. 

Our approach has been to focus on the university’s strategic priorities, transitioning to the new website in a gradual, staged approach. As we transition, the legacy RedDot site and the new website on Drupal will run in tandem.

Page launches are continuing weekly, and the release schedule has been adjusted. The NGWE project team will work with each faculty or unit to refine the release migration plan.

How do we streamline the large volume of content on our existing website?

Reducing the volume of content on umanitoba.ca will improve the user experience. To better meet the needs of all our audiences, an Intranet is being introduced for our internal audience, to run alongside our new website. 

How is content for the new website being created and/or migrated?

After Initial Site launch, and for the duration of the site migrations, content creators and quality assurance experts on the NGWE Site Migration team are supporting new content creation and unit migrations. 

All content created for the website during the NGWE project will be reviewed within the Marketing Communications Office (MCO) and by the respective faculties and units before publication. 

How has the indigenous community been engaged in the project?

Indigenous stakeholders from across campus have participated in many of the NGWE workshops and sessions that have been required for discovery, design and development. The project board includes Christine Cyr and Ruth Shead from Indigenous Engagement, both of whom have been instrumental in informing direction at each stage of the project. Indigenous Design Principles have been incorporated into the content guidelines to ensure Indigenous knowledges and achievement are top of mind when creating web content.  

Will training be provided?

An integrated training plan has been developed to ensure that units are receiving training throughout their site migration and can practice their skills before releasing pages.  

Ten content guidelines have been developed to support content authors to create content for the web. These guidelines include: Clarity and Accuracy of Language; Single Source of Information; Accessibility; Indigenous Design Principles; Copyright, Security; Privacy; Imagery, Digital and Video Consent; Records Management; SEO and Search-Friendly Guidelines. 

Drupal 101 training introduces users to the structure of Drupal, and covers creating and editing pages, uploading digital content and publishing pages. 

Once individuals are trained, there will be time to practice building and editing pages to transition the remaining pages from RedDot to the new site. The NGWE migration team will work alongside the faculty or unit for the 30-day warranty period to reinforce the concepts from training and handoff the new site. 

What is the Web Community of Practice (WCOP)?

The Web Community of Practice (WCOP) has been introduced to reinforce supports and training, and to promote best practices after a faculty or unit completes its site migration.  

Since the initial launch of the new website, the focus has shifted to individual site migrations and conversations specific to the faculty or unit’s support and technical needs. To keep pace with the evolving stakeholder needs, Web Community Of Interest was disbanded as support was shifted to the development of a Web Community of Practice (WCOP). 

Who is on the NGWE Project Board?

Led by project sponsor John Kearsey, Vice-President (External) and project executives Lori Yarchuk (retired May 2020), Associate Vice-President, Marketing Communications and Mario Lebar, Chief Information Officer, this cross-functional team includes representation from: the Faculty of Arts (Greg Bak); Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (Mark Torchia); Human Resources (Darlene Smith); Indigenous Engagement (Christine Cyr, Ruth Shead); Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (Doug Brown); Libraries (Lisa O’Hara); Marketing Communications Office (Paul Lacap); Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (Reg Urbanowski); Research and International (Jay Doering); Faculty of Science (Ben Li); Student Affairs (Jeff Adams); UMGSA (Ehsan Tahmasebian); and UMSU (Tino Dogo). 

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