It is obvious the Christmas holidays have started for our students, normally we get a drop off in usage on a Saturday followed by a growth in the number of page requests on the Sunday. The average is about twice as many as the Saturday. But the first weekend of the Christmas break Sunday was only just busier than the Saturday
As you can see My MMU was continued to be used over the Christmas break, this year we had 1095 unique users on Christmas day an increase of 188 on last year. Comparing this year’s Christmas break with last years the portal usage increased on average by 28%. Last Year December 29th was the most popular with 2424 users, this year January 2nd had 3301 users.
For the last few weeks we have looking at a re-branding exercise for the My MMU portal. The current design is a standard Sharepoint web part site that while the students say the like the content but hate the design
So we set up a working party with representatives from
New Media and marketing
And of course the LRT team
We asked 5 companies to take part in the process and after looking at their suggested designs we asked Novtronix Ltd to design our new site. You can find them at http://www.novotronix.com
After an initial meeting they offered their first take on the design, if was apparent that we are content driven and Novtronix are less so. After sending them our comments including a mock up Sharepoint site https://testmy.mmu.ac.uk/sites/feedback Novotronix have come up with the goods. A Strong but simple visual design allied with our contentFor a quick preview on how it will look have a look the jpeg
My MMU busiest Sunday
Sunday the 18th of April was our busiest Sunday with over 5800 students logging into my.mmu.ac.uk. Anyone would think there are exams starting
Over the weekend I had a quick look at our user base and see who uses the portal the most.
Of our top five users the gender split was 3 females and 2 males and we have 4 undergrads and one postgrad. With the undergrads having one first year, two second years and one year three.
Our Top 5 are
Combined Honours Biology/Forensic Science year 3 66 pages a day
Leisure Management year 1 54 pages a day
International fashion management year 2 52 pages a day
Criminology year 2 51 pages a day
Msc Biomedical Science 43 pages a day
It would be interesting to see if there is a link with use and sucuess
Rachel McAlpine the Quality Enhancement Officer from Centre for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement (CASQE) asked if we could put a link on the front page of my.mmu.ac.uk to the National Student Survey. To avoid the Twitter page being sent down the page we added a Content web part on the same level as the Twitter web part. To jazz up the link we used a graphic from the NSS site
I was interested to see how the usage of My MMU the student/staff portal held up over the Christmas break. As you would expect there was a a reduction from the average of 8,000 distinct users during term time to a high of just over 3,100. Christmas day had the lowest usage of 909 logins, usage has grown up to 3109 on Sunday 3rd January 2010
As you can see our usage on a Sunday has a strong bais towards the evening
John Burgess of Recruitment & Admissions asked if we could do a staff only RSS feed of the Association of University Administrators news page. Happily we could agree and turned it round within the hour