Fort Hays State University's Virtual College Web site recently went from drab and difficult to lively and convenient.
"The new Web site is fresh, and the vibrant colors allow for easier navigation," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College and learning technologies.
One of the biggest improvements to the site is the new navigation system, which quickly connects visitors all around the world to information that is available in Chinese, Turkish and Spanish.
Students will better be able to decide if Virtual College classes are right for them and decide what degree programs suit their interests.
"When people come, they will be able to find the information they need when they need it," said King.
"With the help of our staff, FHSU student and e-communications coordinator Mark Howey and Lipman Hearne Inc., we were able to make this Web site not just user friendly but were also able to incorporate the use of mobile devices," King said.
According to the Lipman Hearne Web site, the Chicago company is "the nation's leading and most comprehensive marketing and communications firm serving the not-for-profit community." The company helped create the new mobile device network for students who use personal digital assistants and Smartphones. Students can access a variety of ring tones, wallpapers and other useful information with a click of a button on the new Web site.
"Students can use their mobile devices to stay in touch with the campus, while accessing cool ring tones such as a tiger roar or FHSU's fight song," said King.
While this Web site allows students to stay in touch with the campus technologically, it has also "opened up another avenue for advertising FHSU," King said.
"The Web site helps FHSU to stay at the forefront of technology and now we can truly say that we stand by our motto, 'Affordable Success, Wherever You Are,'" said King.