Web Services' top stories of 2021

With many folks only partially returned to campus, our digital spaces continued to provide a key means to collaborating and connecting in McGill's community. That in mind, web teams across McGill focused on improving site usability and accessibility.
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2021 was all about improving user experience on McGill's websites. From updates to the WMS search tool to the launch of the new virtual campus tour to efforts to improve website accessibility, the push was on to provide user-friendly, welcoming and inclusive web spaces for all members of the McGill community.

  1. Initiatives supporting accessibility and inclusion
    2021 was packed full of initiatives aimed at improving site accessibility including:
  2. Search updates
    Our improved WMS search tool went live in January of 2021.
  3. Launch of the new Virtual Campus Tour
    McGill's spiffy new virtual tour shows off our beloved campus and facilities.
  4. New options for digital publications
    View a complete rundown of McGill-supported tools and platforms for digital publications, including new options introduced this year.
  5. Web governance and initiatives proposed by the Web Advisory Committee
    How do you get 1700+ staff members who manage 900+ websites on the same page when it comes to web strategy and standards compliance? Watch our presentation at the 2021 #PSEWEB conference to hear about our path to better web governance at McGill.
  6. Evolution of Web Services' processes and support during COVID
    Working remotely caused us to reevaluate and refine many of our tasks and processes. We shared insights about some of the ways our methods are evolving at this year's HighEdWeb conference.
  7. Consultation projects
    We were pleased to provide support on a large number projects for new and redesigned websites, including:
  8. Design system progress
    We were excited to share details about the new McGill DS (currently in beta) at our year-end presentation. Request a demo.
  9. Planning and preparation for Drupal 9 release
    Towards the end of 2021 we shared our initial announcements about our plans to upgrade McGill's WMS to Drupal 9. Check out our Drupal 9 toolkit for info.
  10. Putting our design principals game face on
    We've got a number of new resources and initiatives in the works to help site managers create attractive user-friendly layouts. Read all out it in our article, Design Principles: UX design basics for site managers.

  11. Web Services training registrants
    Why stop at 10 when you can go to 11?! This year we trained over 600 people in our Web Services training courses (more than 1300 if we count individual registrations).

Additional tools and resources launched in 2021

New guidelines and best practices

Protect websites and users' data

  • Privacy considerations concerning data collection for analytics and user research
  • Guidelines for linking to information in a cloud service
  • Webform security resources

Be consistent

  • Translation guidelines

New training courses

Our 2021 year-end presentation

Interested in hearing more about the tools and resources we launched in 2021? Watch video of our recent 2021 year-end presentation!

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