Students Design New SAGE Website

By Jerry Hensel, Professor, Computer Programming and Analysis

Innovation. Forward thinking. Problem solving.

These were the words that described Professor of Computer Programming and Analysis Ray Enger’s capstone class from the Osceola Campus.

Ray and his students were tasked to help redesign the SAGE (Study Abroad & Global Experiences) website. They focused on creating an appealing and functional design that would help students and faculty learn about all the wonderful programs that are offered by Valencia Study Abroad.

With the help of Robyn Brighton, director, curriculum initiatives, and John Slot, vice president, information technology and chief information officer, students received direction and feedback on what the SAGE website should look like and the desired overall design.

In addition, Valencia’s Web and Portal team, led by Director of Web and Portal Services Jim Flanagan, and Valencia’s Marketing team, led by Assistant Vice President of Marketing Traci Bjella, supported the class by working with Ray to provide technical and brand standards.

Students in Ray’s class worked more than 12 weeks during the summer 2017 semester to develop a prototype for the new SAGE website. They used their web development and programming skills that include JavaScript, PHP, CSS and HTML 5 to create their prototype.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a panel of Study Abroad employees, faculty and administrators had the chance to view the designs and give their impressions on the work that was created by the capstone students.

Given the opportunity to view the designs, I thought the student prototypes were amazing. In the short amount of time that was given to them, they were able to communicate their ideas, create a design for the website and develop their teamwork skills by going through this process.

Overall, the project is a win-win for everyone. The students can showcase their skill sets, and the Study Abroad office now will have a new website to share with faculty and students who may want to get involved with study abroad.

This fall, another class will continue work on the site. It is expected to be live in December.

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