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Permanent link for List Module Upgrade on August 2, 2019

The List Module has gone through an upgrade, which introduces several new options. 

First, there are now 3 different layouts you can select from - The Table Layout, A to Z Layout, and Directory Layout. 

Second, you now have the ability to import a spreadsheet into the list module.  This means you no longer have to manually enter each entry. 

Watch the video about the List Module Update to learn more. 

List Module How To Video


Permanent link for Problem Report Notifications on July 22, 2019

We have recently made a change to the way Problem Reports notifies someone. Now, whenever a user submits a problem report, an e-mail will be sent to the CMS administrators.  

In the past, an e-mail was only sent to the individuals listed in the “Contacts” section of your page.  

Now, any administrator with the “Manage Problem Reports” permission checked will receive an e-mail. 

To see if you have this enabled, log into the CMS. Click on More, and then click on Administrators.  From this page, click on the Edit button next to the administrator. Under the Site Management section on the right hand side, check the box that says “Manage problem reports”. Changing this setting will also disable e-mails being sent to that person. 


Permanent link for How To - Protected Access on July 17, 2019

Learn more about password protecting a page or file on your CMS.  Watch the How To video explaining the process. 

How To - Protected Access on the CMS


Permanent link for Updated Accessibility Training on July 2, 2019

As of July 1, an updated version of the CMS Accessibility Training is live. The prior version of the CMS accessibility training was provided by DeQue University. We brought this training in-house, and developed the training specifically for the GVSU CMS. 

The new training features a 16 minute video, followed by a 10 question quiz.    

Here are some common questions: 

  • How often do I need to complete this training? 
  • I recently completed the accessibility training. Will I also need to complete this training? 
    • No.  For example, if you completed the DeQue training in March 2019, you will be required to complete this updated training by March 2020. 
  • How will I know when I need to take the training? 
    • When you log into the CMS, click on the link that says "CMS Trainings" on the left hand side. This will show when your current training expires. 
  • What is the difference between the DeQue training and the GVSU Training? 
    • The GVSU Training was built entirely by the Web Team. It is more condensed and tailored towards the CMS. The DeQue training required a 90 minute video, whereas the GVSU Training video has been condensed to 16 minutes. 
  • My student only uses the CMS to view form results.  Will they still need to complete the training? 
    • Yes.  A new requirement for access to the CMS is that everyone must complete the training, regardless of their permission level. 
  • Will I be notified when my training is set to expire? 
    • There will be no more e-mails to indicate your training will expire.  However, you will receive a notification when you try and log into the CMS. This notification will appear 30 days prior to when your training will expire.  
  • With the new GVSU Training, will shared network accounts need to complete the training? 
    • The CMS will no longer allow shared accounts to log in for security and accountability purposes. CMS will check Banner to make sure they are an active employee, or have credits as a student. If they do not meet either criteria, they will not be allowed to log in.
  • I just added a new user to the CMS.  How long before they can have access? 
    • The GVSU Accessibility training is built into the CMS.  This means as soon as the user is created, the training is available.  Once the user completes the accessibility training, they will have access. 
  • Am I able to view the accessibility video without taking the training? 

Permanent link for Campus Directory Refresher on July 1, 2019

It was recently announced that the GVSU Directory will no longer be printed as of Fall 2020.  As a reminder, the Campus Directory is always available online. 


Permanent link for CMS Intranet Now Available on July 1, 2019

Your CMS site can now be available on the GVSU Intranet. This is a great solution for departments who have content that should not be accessed by the general public.  To better understand, consider the following. 

If a page is created on the Internet, it is available for everyone. 

If a page is created on the Intranet, it is available for only those people on the GVSU Network. 

If you have content that is not appropriate for the general public or is intended specifically for internal audiences only (e.g. HR documentation and procedures), you may want to consider a site on Intranet to house that information.

For all new requests, you will see an option in a dropdown from the New CMS Site Request page

For any pages that already exist that you believe should be moved to the Intranet, please contact us


Permanent link for Fact Chunk Icon Updates on July 1, 2019

If you use the Fact Chunk on your site, you will notice that we have updated the list of icons available.  These icons are provided by the website Font Awesome.  If you find an icon on the Font Awesome website you would like added, please let us know.   


Permanent link for Blog Module Now Available on May 21, 2019

Starting today, there is now a blog module that you can add to your CMS. The blog will be a great way to documenting anything that you see fit. To add the blog feature to you CMS:

  • Log into the CMS
  • Click on Manage Modules from the left hand side
  • Click the New Module button
  • From the Drop Down menu, choose Blog and click Submit. You can enter an alias title if you wish. 

Now when you click on Manage Modules from the left, you will see Blog listed.


Permanent link for Hashtag Modules on May 21, 2019

A new module is available on the CMS that allows you to collect tweets based from a hashtag.  The module is called the Twitter Hashtag Module, and  will automatically collect tweets with specific hashtags. 

As an example - Let's say you are having an event called the GVSU Walk-A-Thon.  You can ask your participants to tweet using #gvsuwalk, and then display those tweets using the Twitter Hashtag Module. 

To learn more about this module,  a How To video is available for you to watch. 

What's New - Hashtag Module


Permanent link for Time Stamped Comments in Form Builder on May 1, 2019

In the Form Builder, Administrators can write comments within an individuals response. These notes are only visible to administrators, and it is a great way to keep notes about a person who has submitted the form. 

When you go into the Form Builder, you click on the response - You can scroll to the bottom of the response and create notes.  Any responses with a comment will show in the event responses.  

You can also be e-mailed whenever a comment is made by changing the option on the form settings page. 

What's New - Form Builder Comments



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