A New Atlas To Be Unveiled on Monday, March 22

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A Message from Patti Smith, Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology

On Monday, March 22, 2021, the new Atlas site will be live and ready for use, with a soft launch on Saturday, March 20, 2021. This change will bring a new look and a new and enhanced user experience.

With this upgrade, you will have access to all of the content currently in Atlas, accessible in a user-friendly layout. As shared, the transition to the new platform will allow for:

  • Enhanced user experience: Provides a cleaner look and feel that will facilitate site navigation
  • Mobile responsiveness: Allows for Atlas to display properly on mobile devices
  • ADA compliance: Meets the ADA accessibility guidelines with the use of tags and labeling that can be read by screen reading technology

Take a look at the screenshots below for a sneak peek of the new portal.

A New Layout

The most noticeable change in the new Atlas environment is the layout. The tabs, currently located on the top of the page in Atlas, will transition to a left-side menu, which will be open by default upon login.

Mobile Responsiveness

One of the main reasons for the Atlas upgrade is to provide ease of use on mobile devices. On the new platform, our Atlas portal will be able to display properly on cell phones and tablets. Content collapses into a single column to make it easier to read.

Preparing for the Launch: Update Your Materials

Currently, if you have instructions for processes and procedures that are performed in Atlas that you use in your department, and they include screenshots of the older Atlas layout, please make plans to update those to reflect the new system navigation, as the content layout has been reorganized. As a best practice, minimize the use of screenshots in your directions and refer to the menu, channel (portlet) name and the name of the link in the Atlas portal. This will help reduce the number of outdated materials and instructions, as well as reduce the frequency of updates that are required when the portal undergoes a refresh. Additionally, when creating new instructions, refer to the search feature when appropriate to assist in finding resources, which will also minimize the need for changes to documentation.


Leading up to the transition of Atlas to a new platform, the Office of Information Technology has created a webpage — Atlas Upgrade — that includes details about the new Atlas environment and features.

For a quick view of what’s changing within the new Atlas site, read Atlas Upgrade: Here’s What’s Changing.

We will continue to keep you informed as we get closer to the launch date. Stay tuned to your email for more information. If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a message in the comments or contact me at psmith50@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 5411.

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