Higher Education homepages in the snow

Over the last couple of days there’s been a bit of snow around the country and I’ve been keeping our homepage up to date. Yesterday morning in between making changes I did a quick scan around some websites to take screenshots of their homepages. It’s interesting to see the different approaches which often didn’t correspond to the severity – some had big banners saying, effectively, “we’re open!” while others had a standard news announcing closure of campus well below the fold.

I’ve uploaded the screenshots to my Flickr stream and highlighted the relevant areas or watch the slideshow below:

Our approach was to insert an additional notification area above the main feature. I think it’s obvious enough to be seen and appreciated as a temporary announcement while not being confused with, or detracting from, the main feature area. We also had announcements on the GO news area and posted updates to the Edge Hill Twitter account and Facebook “Fan” page

Brian Kelly posted this morning about his use of Twitter yesterday to find out that the University of Bath was closed for the day and of course we already know they’ve had experience of doing this before. On the Edge Hill account, I tried to blend news announcements with interesting things like a link to Andy’s photos but it’s hard to say how well used it was – we certainly added a few (real) followers to the account over the last 48 hours.

Chill out at Edge Hill

Yesterday I drove to work. I made it in, just. This is the photo I took of St Helens road on the way in (I took it on the timer, honest).

St Helens Road
St Helens Road

It was a blizzard by the time I walked from the car park to the office.

EHU snow storm
EHU snow storm

The Office snow globe
The Office snow globe

Five minutes later we were told to go home. This morning a few Edge Hill tweeps (@reedyreedles, @mikenolan, @mister_roy and @edgehill) waited with baited breath on the campus status. It opened and the following two snaps from the car park to the office make prettier viewing.

EHU Snowy Sunrise
EHU Snowy Sunrise

Back to work then
Back to work then

The drive in wasn’t too bad, local roads are compacted and main roads have at least one lane open and traffic was moving freely.

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