Extent and nature of portalling in Australian university websites

A'Herran, Anne (2003) Extent and nature of portalling in Australian university websites. In: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). pp. 17-25. From: ASCILITE 2003: Interact, integrate, impact, 7-10 December 2003, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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An August 2003 survey of Australian universities websites demonstrates that almost one third have converted their institutional website to portal. The trend towards portals is an incremental shift occurring in most Australian universities. It reflects the shift in HE philosophy fuelled by the post-Dawkins trend towards a VET sector model of demand led education replacing the traditional HE supply model. Like that shift, it has met with some resistance. This paper identifies the major challenges to portalling. It attempts to deconstruct the shift from static website to a portal, throwing light on patterns in structural and navigational approaches to portalling in Australian university 1vebsites. The paper touches on management issues underlying and surrounding the shift to portal, an1ongst other challenges con1n1only faced by universities developing institutional portals. The study described in this paper is a work in progress, data having been gathered from observation at the unauthenticated level. The author plans to follow up with a formal approach to all Australian universities towards a fuller investigation of portal implementation, using the five measures identified in this paper.

Item ID: 14711
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9751702-0-5
Keywords: Australian universities websites; content management; portal management; portal policy; portals; website management
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 23:20
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management @ 51%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080610 Information Systems Organisation @ 49%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities @ 34%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 33%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 33%
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