Who is Instructional Web and what do you do?
- gives current ACC students a seamless web experience as they navigate instructional programs online to access the information and resources needed for their continued success;
- makes student-facing ACCessible, inclusive, and user-friendly digital products for academic departments that in turn empower faculty to promote increased student success and persistence.
- builds websites and applications to facilitate instruction.
How can Instructional Web help academic departments?
Our priority is working with academic departments to redesign their websites to ensure that they meet accessibility standards and align with The College’s 2020 branding guidelines. Additionally, we working with instructors and departments to create new student-facing websites and apps.
We also work with departments to meet other instructional digital needs:
We are available to hear about the work being done by your department and discuss potential student-facing digital tools that will contribute to the increased academic success of our Riverbats. Request our digital tool services today.
How can Instructional Web help faculty?
We are available to hear about your instructional practices and discuss potential student-facing digital tools that will contribute to increased academic success of our Riverbats. An example includes, Communication Studies: OER.
Does my academic department need a new website?
If you answer no to one or more of the questions below, request our services today.
- Is it consistent with the 2020 ACC branding standards?
- Is it responsive for mobile viewing?
- Is it designed to meet accessibility requirements?
- Do you need expert web design assistance?
Does my department website meet accessibility requirements?
Request our redesign services to start the review of your department’s website for digital accessibility. Your department’s website should:
- be keyboard accessible
- have descriptive layouts
- have appropriate color contrasts
- have alternative text descriptions
What is the process?
Visit the Instructional Web Client Information webpage for information.
Can you start designing my website without content?
No, content drives the design of your website or digital tool. We recommend that you create a Shared Folder on Google Drive to provide content, charts, graphs, pictures, videos, etc. for your new website/digital tool. If you need support with organizing content, Instructional Designers are available to provide that service.
Why does Instructional Web customize an academic department website template instead of creating unique websites for each department?
It is important to define a brand visually. Therefore, it is fundamental to have a standardized baseline for the academic departments that represent the mission and brand of Austin Community College. We are happy to work with you to design a product that reflects your vision. To learn more about branding, check out this short video.
Can clients change/edit website content independently?
Yes, clients can be granted editor-level access to their websites to make content changes independently. However, we are also available to complete updates. Updates are completed within 5 business days and edits within 2 to 3 weeks.
What level of access do clients have with their websites and digital tools?
Clients can be granted editor-level access to their websites to make content changes independently. However, we are also available to complete updates. Updates are completed within 5 business days and edits within 2 to 3 weeks.
Why are clients not allowed to have administrator access?
We are minimizing the level of access to ensure the technical health, security, and accessibility of all websites that are hosted on our server. We are happy to work in partnership with you to create a website or digital tool that meets your expectations; however, our current guidelines will supersede client requests that fall outside of our governing parameters.
I have an internal/external web developer in my department. Is my developer able to design and maintain my website on the Instructional Web server?
No, all websites that are hosted on our server will be designed, maintained, and governed by the Instructional Web team. We are minimizing the level of access to ensure the technical health, security, and accessibility of all websites that are hosted on our server. We are happy to work in partnership with your developer; however, our current guidelines will supersede external requests that fall outside of our governing parameters.
Why are clients not allowed to add plug-ins to websites managed by Instructional Web?
We evaluate and minimize the number of plug-ins to ensure the technical health, security, and accessibility of all websites that are hosted on our server.
Who are Instructional Web's clients?
Faculty and staff that work to meet the instructional needs of students.
Who is Instructional Web's target audience?
Our digital tools target current students.
Can the Instructional Web team design/maintain my Google Sites website?
No. The benefit of using Google Sites allows the owner to have control and easy access to make edits and updates in real-time.
Instructional Web is available to design and manage academic department websites and instructional digital tools. Contact the Instructional Web team to request academic department website and instructional digital tool services:
- submit the online Instructional Web Service Request form, or
- email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Instructional Web’s e-portfolio to see our work.
How can I get help with my Google Sites website?
- TLED Internal Communications Website
- TLED Google Sites Guide
- External resources:
- Educational Technology Support Team are available to provide basic technical support, but they will not create your website for you.