Author Archives: Ian McBride

About Ian McBride

I'm a web developer at Middlebury.

Get a Sitemap of your Drupal Site

I know that many of the people who edit our site are responsible for large areas of content. Often this includes pages that are hidden in the site menu and don’t show up in tools like SiteImprove that crawl publicly visible content on our site. I’ve added a tool that can help you look at and organize the pages in your site.

There’s a new link in both versions of the Edit Console. In the old Edit Console it is the number to the right of the page title:

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In the new Edit Console it is the “Sitemap” text in the purple section in the upper right:

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Clicking on this link will open a new browser tab with a report of all the pages in whatever section of the site you happen to currently be viewing. (Note: the list of pages is only displayed if you have permission to edit the current level of the website.)

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You can then print or copy and paste this table into an application like Excel for further review.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop

I’ll be hosting two workshop opportunities to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Thursday October 31 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105. I will also host a trial session for interested LIS staff this Thursday, October 17 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105 where I welcome your feedback in helping polish up the material for the 10/31 session.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events. If you need help with these, please send a note to helpdesk@middlebury.edu and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

September 2013 Social Media Stats

The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 247 (142) new people liked our Page, while 31 (36) people unliked our Page.
  • 1190 (612) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 41464 (21110) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 95009 (59144) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. President Ron Liebowitz’s statement to the campus community about the Sept. 11th incident.. Reach: 11488, Engagement: 1874
  2. Where do students enroll when applying to top colleges? According to the Parchment Student Choice College Rankings, Middlebury is among the top 20 schools in the nation and top five among liberal arts schools. http://www.parchment.com/c/college/college-rankings.php. Reach: 10736, Engagement: 1274
  3. Middlebury President Ronald D. Liebowitz issues statement on divestment.. Reach: 8276, Engagement: 994
  4. Do you remember moving into your first-year dorm? This short video might take you back! Reach: 7292, Engagement: 803
  5. Welcome first-year students and their families who are arriving on campus today!. Reach: 7240, Engagement: 385

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athleticssections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Email: 5 (6) Shares, 258 (17) Clicks
  • Facebook: 6 (23) Shares, 125 (1723) Clicks
  • Twitter: 1 (9) Shares, 21 (77) Clicks
  • Google+: 1 (3) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets

September 2013 Web Stats

For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses.

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 321,114 (312,603) visits from 187,648 (170,440) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 56,713 (36,085) visits from 45,003 (29,469) people
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 29,971 (4,675) visits from 14,102 (2,828) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 28,841 (22,714) visits from 27,042 (21,323) people
  5. catalog.middlebury.edu: 23,137 (7,778) visits from 19,717 (7,192) people
  6. courses.middlebury.edu: 23,137 (6,130) visits from 18,402 (4,239) people
  7. portal.middlebury.edu: 14,653 (16,396) visits from 8,903 (11,077) people
  8. web.middlebury.edu: 13,612 (8,425) visits from 11,477 (7,679) people
  9. biblio.middlebury.edu: 11,127 (6,730) visits from 8,706 (5,208) people
  10. eres.middlebury.edu: 11,107 (1,132) visits from 9,264 (876) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 175,965 (183,436) pageviews
  2. catalog.middlebury.edu/schedules/index/catalog/catalog/MCUG/term/term/201390 38,759 (8,992) pageviews
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 30,652 (4,699) pageviews
  4. courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 25,256 (4,790) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 20,444 (19,472) pageviews
  6. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 19,543 (20,504) pageviews
  7. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 19,438 (11,139) pageviews
  8. courses.middlebury.edu: 18,942 (6,159) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 15,983 (9,751) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 14,204 (7,671) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 391 (504)
  2. moodle: 221 (48)
  3. schedule planner: 221 (69)
  4. academic calendar: 215 (254)
  5. mojo 93 (72)
  6. sites.middlebury.edu: 90 (55)
  7. menu: 77 (17)
  8. my schedule planner: 76 (25)
  9. go/hub: 69 (47)
  10. political science: 54 (21)

Browsers

  • Safari: 36.68% (34.61%)
    • Desktop Safari: 25.04% (24.30%)
    • Mobile Safari: 11.57% (10.21%)
    • Safari (in-app): 1.04% (0.98%)
  • Chrome: 28.00% (23.46%)
  • Firefox: 16,68% (18.27%)
  • Internet Explorer: 15.54% (19.91%)
    • IE8: 7.69% (10.17%)
    • IE10: 4.08% (5.00%)
    • IE9: 2.08% (2.76%)
    • IE7: 1.65% (1.93%)
    • IE6: 0.04% (0.06%)
  • Android Browser: 1.03% (1.22%)

Platforms

  • Macintosh: 44.46% (39.34%)
  • Windows: 39.02% (45.30%)
  • iOS: 13,50% (11.72%)
  • Android: 1.87% (2.03%)
  • Linux: 0.32% (0.36%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.11%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.07% (0.08%)

August 2013 Social Media Stats

The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 142 (148) new people liked our Page, while 36 (33) people unliked our Page.
  • 612 (499) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 21110 (17370) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 59144 (49731) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. Where do students enroll when applying to top colleges? According to the Parchment Student Choice College Rankings, Middlebury is among the top 20 schools in the nation and top five among liberal arts schools. http://www.parchment.com/c/college/college-rankings.php. Reach: 10072, Engagement: 1244
  2. Middlebury named one of 22 schools on Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll.. Reach: 8560, Engagement: 636
  3. Beautiful Middlebury campus footage at mid-summer, captured by Communications Office graduate intern Matt Lennon ’13.. Reach: 8172, Engagement: 469
  4. Middlebury President Ronald D. Liebowitz issues statement on divestment. Reach: 7800, Engagement: 980
  5. Get your first look at Middlebury’s Solar Decathlon home, InSite!. Reach: 6928, Engagement: 253

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athleticssections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Facebook: 23 (37) Shares, 1723 (990) Clicks
  • Twitter: 9 (20) Shares, 77 (166) Clicks
  • Pinterest: 6 (0) Shares, 1 (0) Clicks
  • Email: 6 (0) Shares, 17 (569) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 3 (4) Shares, 12 (1) Clicks
  • Google+: 3 (2) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets

August 2013 Web Stats

For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses.

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 312,603 (371,746) visits from 170,440 (198,853) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 36,085 (48,060) visits from 29,469 (36,711) people
  3. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 22,714 (22,004) visits from 21,323 (20,619) people
  4. portal.middlebury.edu: 16,396 (26,964) visits from 11,077 (19,929) people
  5. web.middlebury.edu: 8,425 (8,763) visits from 7,679 (8,431) people
  6. catalog.middlebury.edu: 7,778 (5,878) visits from 7,192 (5,691) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 6,730 (10,087) visits from 5,208 (8,759) people
  8. courses.middlebury.edu: 6,130 (13,779) visits from 4,239 (9,633) people
  9. students.middlebury.edu: 5,880 (7,045) visits from 4,670 (5,647) people
  10. menus.middlebury.edu: 4,675 (6,270) visits from 2,828 (4,259) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 183,436 (234,814) pageviews
  2. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 20,504 (33,831) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 19,472 (20,088) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 14,323 (15,897) pageviews
  5. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 11,139 (10,571) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 9,751 (10,719) pageviews
  7. catalog.middlebury.edu/schedules/index/catalog/catalog/MCUG/term/term/201390 8,992 (4,532) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 8,722 (14,544) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/about: 7,753 (8.136) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 7,671 (8,329) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 504 (545)
  2. academic calendar: 254 (249)
  3. banner web: 79 (68)
  4. mojo: 72 (64)
  5. schedule planner: 69 (29)
  6. go/zw: 55 (61)
  7. sites.middlebury.edu: 55 (54)
  8. moodle: 48 (181)
  9. go/famis: 47 (48)
  10. go hub: 47 (83)

Browsers

  • Safari: 34.61% (32.47%)
    • Desktop Safari: 24.30% (23.04%)
    • Mobile Safari: 10.21% (9.43%)
  • Chrome: 23.46% (22.49%)
  • Internet Explorer: 19.91% (22.00%)
    • IE8: 10.17% (12.57%)
    • IE10: 5.00% (4.63%)
    • IE9: 2.76% (2.59%)
    • IE7: 1.93% (2.14%)
    • IE6: 0.06%)
  • Firefox: 18.27% (19.34%)
  • Android Browser: 1.22% (1.15%)

Platforms

  • Windows: 45.30% (47.90%)
  • Macintosh: 39.34% (38.19%)
  • iOS: 11.72% (10.37%)
  • Android: 2.03% (1.85%)
  • Linux: 0.36% (0.34%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.11% (0.08%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.08% (0.05%)

Friday Links – September 6, 2013

The history of favicon.ico.

Progressive enhancement is dead but also progressive enhancement is faster. PE, by the way, is the idea of ensuring that a web application is usable across a broad range of browser environments, most recently (and in the linked articles) in the case where JavaScript can’t be used.

Kids can’t use computers” and why we should be worried. “Tomorrow’s politicians, civil servants, police officers, teachers, journalists and CEOs are being created today. These people don’t know how to use computers, yet they are going to be creating laws regarding computers, enforcing laws regarding computers, educating the youth about computers, reporting in the media about computers and lobbying politicians about computers. Do you thinks this is an acceptable state of affairs?”

Australian and New Zealand virtual worlds scoping study: Final report available for download – In 2010-12, with colleagues from Charles Sturt University (CSU), the University of New England (UNE), and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), I worked on a project that involved conducting an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study on the use of virtual worlds for learning and teaching in higher education. The final report from the project is now available as an open-access publication.

MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocolypse

How do you get thousands of people excited about an online course in math, physics, and public health that will not earn them formal credit or any kind of certificate?

First, make it a MOOC.

Second, make the central text a popular TV show.

Third, add zombies.

Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype –

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.

The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype’s 10th anniversary.