The past few weeks I’ve been pretty focused on Vlabs–creating assets for the interactives, building them in Canvasser, doing peer review. We’ve realized that some of the content that initially got marked as interactive can be added to the html as text, which has been super helpful, especially with sections that are very dense and overly complicated. We’re also adding in the videos directly to the html, as opposed to adding them to interactives, which looks a lot cleaner. There have been a few snags (missing animations, formatting issues), but it’s been really satisfying to see the site come together after all of our work. Aesthetically it’s much cleaner-looking, and the content is less confusing when it’s laid out flat.
Here is an interactive that I worked on from start to finish, so you can see the process.
Making the assets in Photoshop:
Making the assets interactive using Canvasser:
The approved interactive:
What it looks like on the site:
I’ve also been updating some of the COLA help guides. The goal is to make these comprehensive, so when we get a question from faculty/staff about Cascade or the COLA Web Editor and it’s not already in the help guides, we try to make a page or edit an existing page to address that issue. I’m also training some of the newer STAs on Cascade, helping them learn it by making a test site.