August 15, 2017
Designing the Course Catalog Web Experience

One essential element of our demos with higher education institutions is the course catalog. 

It's interesting to talk with potential customers and hear their requirements for making the course catalog available on the website. Some think all they can do is provide a PDF that they update every quarter. What we show them is something better. Something that gives them the best of both worlds: an online searchable catalog and a downloadable PDF for offline viewing or sharing.

An Interactive Course Catalog

The course catalog is a big piece of every Higher Education institution's web experience. Prospective students and parents want to know what programs and individual courses are available. They want detailed descriptions of not only the course but the professor who conducts the course. Knowing what current students think of a program or course, or professor for that matter is also important.

So how can you provide all that on your website if all you provide is a PDF to download? Or even a searchable PDF for that matter? You don't.

But what if you could integrate the backend systems that manage the catalog, manage professor information, facilities and student insights, and give prospective students an interactive course catalog experience? Now that would be engaging.

That's exactly what you can do with Ingeniux CMS.

You can connect your ERP system and learning management system, where your programs and courses are managed with Ingeniux CMS and use the CMS to create more detailed course information. From there you can connect the institution's directory and link in Professor information. If the professor has a website or blog, you can link to that. If you offer students a place on the Intranet or Student Portal to share information and collaborate on courses, you could connect to that content and make some of it available as well.

What you end up creating is an immersive online catalog experience that helps prospective students and parents decide whether to apply to or attend your institution. 

From Digital to Print

Ingeniux provides a publishing system that enables you to streamline catalog production and make it available across different channels and in different formats. This is different from managing two separate processes for the catalog – one for print and one for digital. When you manage separate processes, you run the risk of inconsistencies across versions. Ingeniux CMS can output catalog content to print based systems such as PDF, InDesign, and Quark, as well as to the website.

The benefits of managing course catalog content within the CMS are many. It's one place to securely manage all course content – leveraging the workflow, versioning, and roll back in addition to security. It also enables you to integrate content from other systems, like professor information, creating more than a simple listing of programs and courses.

Most institutions update their catalogs every quarter. Managing the content through Ingeniux gives you the ability to update the course content easily and integrate course information at a defined time – so you can work on changes to your catalog, but not implement them until you are ready.

Learn More

We’d love to show you how the course catalog works when managed through Ingeniux. It’s one of many elements that we know you will appreciate.

Download the Ingeniux CMS Buyer’s Guide for Higher Education Institutions to learn about more capabilities specific for Higher Education.  

Posted by David Hillis
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