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Jeffco Website Redesign Project

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Overview

Jeffco Public Schools is excited to launch a comprehensive redesign of our district and school websites to connect staff, students and families with resources from the district and their schools in support of delivering a world-class education.

Project Timeline

This timeline is subject to change.

Winter 2022

Spring 2023

  • Website platform selection process
  • Website user research
  • Website content, user experience and interface design

Summer 2023

  • Phase 1: Jeffco external website and intranet (internal website for Jeffco staff) development, migration, user testing, training and launch

Fall 2023

  • Phase 2: School website development, migration, user testing, training and launch


Website Redesign Terminology

Accessibility: 

Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. More specifically, people will be able to:
  • Perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web
  • Contribute to the web

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the web, including:

  • Auditory
  • Cognitive
  • Neurological
  • Physical
  • Speech
  • Visual

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, for example:

  • People using mobile phones, smart watches, smart TVs, and other devices with small screens, different input modes, etc.
  • Older people with changing abilities due to aging
  • People with temporary disabilities such as a broken arm or lost glasses
  • People with situational limitations such as in bright sunlight or in an environment where they cannot listen to audio
  • People using a slow Internet connection, or who have limited or expensive bandwidth

Learn more about web accessibility.

Source: 
Initiative, W. W. A. (2022, March). Introduction to Web Accessibility (S. L. Henry, Ed.). Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/ 


Content Management System (CMS)

A content management system (CMS) is an application that is used to manage content, allowing multiple contributors to create, edit and publish. Content in a CMS is typically stored in a database and displayed in a presentation layer based on a set of templates like a website.

Source:
Content management system. (n.d.). Optimizely. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.optimizely.com/optimization-glossary/content-management-system/ 


Digital Equity

Digital equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning and access to essential services.

Source:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance. (2022, August 29). Definitions: Digital equity. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.digitalinclusion.org/definitions/ 


Intranet

An intranet is a computer network for sharing information, easier communication, collaboration tools, operational systems, and other computing services within an organization, usually to the exclusion of access by outsiders.

Source:
Wikipedia contributors. (2022, November 29). Intranet. Wikipedia. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intranet


Interface/User Interface: 

A user interface, also called a UI or simply an interface, is the means in which a person controls a software application or hardware device. A good user interface provides a user-friendly experience, allowing the user to interact with the software or hardware in a natural and intuitive way.

Source:
TechTerms. (2009, March 31). User Interface Definition. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://techterms.com/definition/user_interface


User (website user)

An individual accessing a website through a web browser.

User Experience

User experience (or ‘’ux’’ in short), by definition, is an individual’s experience with a company. It encompasses all aspects of the consumer’s experience, including everything they see, hear and their emotional reactions. There are many different factors that affect the user experience.  But the main ones are usability, usefulness, credibility, desirability, accessibility and value.

In terms of web design, user experience best practices focus on making a website easy to use and appealing to consumers. This is done by using content, image, and media to create powerful emotional responses.

Source:
Colman, Z. (2021, October 13). What is User Experience and Why is It Important For Users And Websites? Creatitive. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://creatitive.com/what-is-user-experience/


Website Migration

Website migration is when a website moves from one environment to another, or the domain name of a website changes. Usually, changes in the location, platform, layout, content, architecture, or UX of the website, all constitute site migration.

Source:
Bhati, K. B. (2022, September). Website Migration and its Types. Infidigit. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.infidigit.com/blog/website-migration/


Website Platform

An umbrella term for a website's infrastructure. A web platform may refer to the server software, such as Microsoft's IIS or Apache, or to the website authoring software such as Dreamweaver or WordPress.

Source:
PCMag. (n.d.). Definition of Web platform. PCMAG. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/web-platform


Website Template

A website template is a predesigned resource that shows the structure for the comprehensive layout and display features of any website. It is provided by various suppliers to help make Web design a lot easier for designers. A website template is also known as a web page template or page template.

Source:
Techopedia. (2015, July 1). Website Template. Techopedia.com. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/4899/website-template

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Jeffco redesigning our district, intranet and school websites?

As we strive to fulfill our mission to provide a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures as local and global citizens, it has become clear that we are in need of a robust web solution to adequately serve our diverse schools and community.

Jeffco Public Schools is embarking on a comprehensive redesign to provide our users with sustainability, growth and compliance today and for many years to come. In addition, we are redesigning our websites so we can provide:

  • Focused content through an intuitive user experience via a modern, user-friendly website platform;
  • A mobile-first, responsive design for a seamless user experience across digital devices;
  • A platform that allows Jeffco to champion digital equity and accessibility in service of our diverse school communities;
  • An easy-to-use website platform to our school staff
 

Who is involved in the website redesign project?

Our Communications Services team and IT team have partnered together to lead the website redesign project.

Additionally, team members from across schools and departments are supporting the website redesign project to ensure all perspectives and voices are accounted for throughout the process. This includes members of our Web Governance Committee, Web Editors Group, as well as incorporating the feedback from all of Team Jeffco.


How are you involving stakeholders (staff, families and community members) in the website redesign process?

We are asking our families, students and community members to make their voice heard by providing feedback on their experiences with current Jeffco websites through a survey during the month of January 2023. We will also be offering future opportunities to participate via a focus group and user testing this summer.

 

How will the new website vendor be selected?

The website vendor will be chosen through an open and competitive selection process this winter/spring.

 

Who can I contact with questions about the website redesign project?

Please contact [email protected] for questions.

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