By Jocelyn Colbert |Staff Writer|
E-mails notifying the campus community about the revamped program were sent out before the launch.
“The university has begun the process of planning for a complete redesign of the csusb.edu website. The process will take 18-24 months, will be pursued in phases, resulting in a complete redesign of the website that will be dynamic, user-friendly and focused on prospective students, parents and community constituents,” said Samuel Sudhakar, vice resident and chief information officer at CSUSB.
Due to aging equipment and older technologies, MyCoyote has migrated to a newer platform that Web 2.0 supports.
The project started in February 2014 and was released to the campus community in late September 2014.
“MyCoyote was migrated from PeopleSoft portal to an open based, cloud hosted solution powered by CampusCloud and Liferay portal,” said Sunny Lin, lead operating systems analyst at CSUSB.
The Information Technology Services (ITS) team, responsible for creating the brand new MyCoyote, is located in the Wedge, which is located by the main entrance.
The entire new portal was created in six months, led by Tiffany Chiang, PeopleSoft campus solution technical lead and Anthony De La Loza, MyCoyote portal administrator.
“We adopted this new technology to include several flexible layers within the portal,” said Chiang.
“Everything was moved to the Cloud for this big-scope project,” said De La Loza.
MyCoyote focus groups were aimed at testing every part of the new portal, said Lenora Rodgers, director of administrative computing and business intelligence at CSUSB.
“Now everything is organized and information is easier to access, whatever the student or faculty desires,” said Rodgers.
“The campus community now has a convenient gateway to single sign on applications. Several focus groups were brought in to test the new portal, insuring a place for community success,” added Rodgers.
However, students and faculty gave mixed reviews about the new MyCoyote.
“MyCoyote gave me a headache until I got used to it,” said student Diana Lee.
“As a professor it’s a lot better. You can get things you want quickly, making it a one-stop shop for professors and students,” said Dr. C.E.Tapie Rohm.
MyCoyote is created in phases. The phase one task was to create a portal that connects to other applications such as e-mail and blackboard. PeopleSoft functionality was provided with one click.
Phase two is the feedback. Various IT departments want to know what the campus community wants to see, and will provide enhancement to the site based on the feedback.
During the coming phases, other functions will be added and any other applications that the community needs.
“We’ve created an 85 page ‘How To’ for MyCoyote, including an index. When you log on to MyCoyote, click student or employee, then on the right hand side of the page, click the Self Service link in the ‘How To’ box,” said Chiang.
Login to your MyCoyote account to view the “how to “ instructional guide detailing the changes.