Atlas Is Getting a New Look

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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

I am pleased to share that this spring, Atlas will be upgraded with a new look. Atlas, our web portal, is an essential part of our day-to-day activities at Valencia College, for both employees and students, and has been for nearly two decades.

In 2014, we launched a new Atlas portal that featured a new interface, easy access to Office 365 and email, along with enhanced content organization and a search feature. Since that time, and with the rapid changes in technology and software, our current platform is in need of an upgrade. With this new upgrade, you will have access to all of the content currently in Atlas, with an enhanced user experience.

In March, the Office of Information Technology will move Atlas to a new platform that 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

In preparation for the launch of the new Atlas in March, a group of faculty and staff members have been assembled to perform testing and documentation review throughout February. This will help us to ensure functionality of the site and update any documents or trainings that include screenshots or references to specific content housed in Atlas.

We will continue to keep you informed as we get closer to the launch date. Stay tuned to your email for more information, including a sneak peek of the new portal. If you have questions or feedback, please contact me at psmith50@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 5411.

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