Tuesday, February 23, 2021
On Monday, March 22, 2021, a new Atlas site will go live that includes a new look and content layout. With this upgrade, Atlas will be mobile responsive and offer improved navigation, display and user experience. In preparation for the transition, listed below are changes you can expect in the new Atlas environment as well as things that will remain the same.
New layout: The new layout will feature larger font and less pictures, allowing for a cleaner look, and content that collapses into a single column to make it easier to read with optimal line spacing for phones and smaller mobile devices. Most noticeably, the tabs currently on the top of the page will transition to a left-side menu, which will be open by default upon login.
Accessibility: Designed with accessibility in mind, the new Atlas will meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines by providing appropriate tags and labeling, making it more accessible for students and employees who may use screen readers. Reducing the amount of images also helps with the socio-economic restrictions that affect both bandwidth and speed. This allows the site to load faster for those who have slow internet either at home or on a mobile device.
Email: Accessing email within Atlas will look a bit different. Selections for Atlas email and webmail will go away. Choosing “Email” from the drop down menu will allow access to either @valenciacollege.edu or @mail.valenciacollege.edu email accounts.
Bookmarked pages: After the new Atlas site is live, bookmarked pages (other than those to the main page) will no longer work. All users should access Atlas at https://atlas.valenciacollege.edu for log in.
What’s Not Changing?
Login Page Address: The web address for the login page will remain the same. To login to Atlas, visit https://atlas.valenciacollege.edu.
Content: All content that is currently housed in Atlas will transition with the Atlas upgrade. Positioning may change slightly, but all content within Atlas before the upgrade will accessible on the new site. There will be no changes to page names, menu order of pages, channel (portlet) names, channel (portlet) position on page or channel content.
Help Desk: Access will remain the same for Atlas Help Desk for students the OIT Help Desk for employees. Passwords and the ability to reset credentials will also remain the same.
Stay tuned to your email for more announcements in The Juice or other email newsletters, including the reveal of a sneak peek of the new portal. If you have questions, please leave a comment below or contact Patti Smith, chief information officer, at email@example.com or 407-299-5000, extension 5411.