Visitors to Wolverine Access this week may have noticed an invitation to try a new version of the gateway to many university systems and resources.
Because the programming supporting the site is out of date by today’s standards, Information and Technology Services has pursued an alternate technology for a new Wolverine Access gateway built on a more modern, secure technology platform called OneCampus.
The new Wolverine Access is designed to reduce the number of clicks needed to access U-M resources that individuals use the most, improve search capabilities within the U-M digital universe, and provide a customizable and mobile-friendly design.
Currently, Wolverine Access users can access the existing version or try the new one. ITS plans to transition Wolverine Access to this new look in late summer, although visitors to the site will have the option to revert back to the “classic” Wolverine Access until 2021.
“With the new Wolverine Access gateway and the other tools we provide, our goal is to create a user-centric, cohesive digital experience for our community,” said Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer.
“With improved search, mobile-friendly design and the ability to customize favorite tools, we hope that our community is able to find relevant information quickly, enabling them to spend more time on the things they love to do.”
Members of the U-M community may be familiar with the functionality and benefits of the OneCampus platform through their use of MaizeLink, which ITS made available over the past 18 months. Feedback from users and content contributors regarding the platform has been positive.
“User experience testing and feedback played a large role in how we organized and populated the various categories in the new layout,” said Will Burns, ITS digital user experience manager. “We’re working in an iterative fashion to continue to improve the gateway and to provide the community with the information they need when they need it.”