Become a Content Manager
Gaining access and getting started in OU Campus is a multi-step process
Getting Started - Initial Online Training
Access to OU campus is only available to USU employees (full-time, part-time, or student) who have editing responsibility for an OU Campus website. If you do not fall into this category you will not be able to access the Online Training through the USU Learning System. For non-employee access, see resources for non-USU personnel in OU campus.
To help new content managers get familiar with OU Campus, they are required to take the online training through the USU Learning System. (A captioned verison of the training videos are also available although a short quiz at the end of the training inside the USU Learning System will still be required.) Your hiring paperwork needs to be complete, and you need to have an @usu.edu email (if you are faculty/staff) or an @aggiemail.usu.edu (if you are a student and do NOT have an @usu.edu email address) email address in Banner; you can check your email settings in Banner. Please note that you will need to access this using Chrome or Safari, not with Firefox. If you experience any problems accessing the training, please contact email@example.com.
Creating Your User Account
User accounts are available to USU employees (full-time, part-time, or student) who have editing responsibility for an OU Campus website. For non-employee access, see resources for non-USU personnel in OU campus.
Before you can accesss a USU OU Campus website, you need to creat a user account. You set that up by having the program supervisor (often a department head or their assistant) contact the IT Web Team by phone at (435) 797-8551 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need to know the following information for each person who will be actively managing the website content:
- URL for the existing web site. If access to only a portion of the site is needed, we need to know which section of the site for which content manager will need access.
- A-number (there is no access to OU Campus without a valid A#)
- E-mail address
- Phone Number
Once this is complete you will have "view only" rights to OU Campus. In order to receive editing rights, please complete step 3.
Once you've completed the online training and your account has been created, the next step is to meet with a member of the IT Web Team to answer any specific questions and review the available resources for content managers. To set that up, content managers email email@example.com or call (435)797-8551.
At the completion of In-Person training, your editing privileges will be unlocked an you can edit your website.
Review Site Structure Guidelines
After becoming a content manager, it is important to review USU site structure guidelines. USU websites follow a template to maintain a uniform look across various departments, programs, and colleges. Site structure guidelines include configuration of key parts of a site such as the header, top navigation, and footer.
Select a Page Layout
After configuring the site structure, create new pages by first selecting a page layout. These page layouts have been developed and approved by University Marketing and Communications (UMAC) and provide a unified look across university websites.
Add Content Options
Adding content to a page is the final step in editing a website. Several examples of how to add content to a page have been provided for content managers. Additional help for adding website content is available by contacting the IT Web Team or by exploring OU Campus resources.
As a member of the USU Web Community, you have many opportunities for continuing education. You are invited to participate in the annual USU Web Conference (held in May), and any of the group trainings offered throughout the year.
We also offer an on-line refresher course for those who are returning to active editing of OU Campus websites and need their access reinstated.
As always, you can reach out to the IT Web Team at any time to get guidance on web page design, effectively using available resources, and any other questions that you have.