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Friday links – August 2, 2013

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

University of Oregon Ripple: An open source mobile audience participation application.

Web Content

Universal Analytics and user-centric analytics: What Google’s new Universal Analytics platform is doing and what it might be positioned to do in the future to track individual users across multiple devices.

Social Media in Higher Education: A curated Flipboard of articles from the last month on this topic, with many focusing on analytics.

4 Tips From Google To Make Your Website More Compelling: Resist organizing content according to pre-formed taxonomies of ideas and try to think from the user’s perspective–then make sure to test and test again with real users.

Higher Education Search Analysis Q2 2013: Good news for Middlebury! Searches for higher education resources with a strong relation to the liberal arts and a residential location were up compared to last year.

Facebook adds embedded posts

Google launches real-time analytics API beta

Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2013: Matt discusses the upcoming 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 versions of WordPress. The release video for 3.6 is at about 7:00 and features native audio and video embed support and a better revision browser. 3.8 will include a redesigned administration interface and is slated for release this December.

 

Web Development

Protect Your Website From Its Embedded Content: Security considerations for the new sandbox and seamless attributes to the iFrame element.

Facebook’s Huxley and the BBC’s Wraith: UI testing tools that compare screenshots of your web application and lets you know if things change that you aren’t expecting to change.

Google PageSpeed Insights: Updated to include tips for mobile speed improvements.

Reading

Students Prefer Print for Serious Academic Reading: A study that will be published in College & Research Libraries shows that while students read for pleasure on devices, they prefer print for academic work. Among other reasons, this preference may owe to print being a less distracting medium, with easier ways to highlight and take notes.

The Professor Who Declared, It’s J.K. Rowling: Stylometry software was used to help build the case that J.K. Rowling penned crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under a pseudonym. The comments to this article are great reading, too.

July 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 371,746 (333,036) visits from 198,853 (180,556) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 48,060 (36,597) visits from 36,711 (30,979) people
  3. portal.middlebury.edu: 26,964 (6,356) visits from 19,929 (4,643) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 22,004 (19,943) visits from 20,619 (18,762) people
  5. courses.middlebury.edu: 13,779 (3,553) visits from 9,633 (3,023) people
  6. biblio.middlebury.edu: 10,087 (5,229) visits from 8,759 (4,182) people
  7. web.middlebury.edu: 8,763 (7,803) visits from 8,431 (7,551) people
  8. students.middlebury.edu: 7,045 (4,721) visits from 5,647 (3,493) people
  9. menus.middlebury.edu: 6,270 visits from 4,259 people
  10. catalog.middlebury.edu: 5,878 (5,559) visits from 5,691 (5,227) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 234,814 (202,738) pageviews
  2. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 33,831 (8,119) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 20,088 (17,404) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 15,897 (12,802) pageviews
  5. courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 15,266 (2,930) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 14,544 (6,961) pageviews
  7. courses.middlebury.edu: 14,069 (3,613) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 10,719 (11,507) pageviews
  9. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 10,571 (8,421) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 8,329 (7,700) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 545 (492)
  2. course hub: 395 (44)
  3. academic calendar: 249 (151)
  4. go/hub: 248 (24)
  5. moodle: 181 (32)
  6. go/moodle: 141 (8)
  7. go/mail: 95 (25)
  8. go hub: 83 (24)
  9. go/papercut: 77 (8)
  10. ian cameron: 75 (0)

Browsers

  • Safari: 32.47% (33.20%)
    • Desktop Safari: 23.04% (23.12%)
    • Mobile Safari: 9.43% (10.08%)
  • Chrome: 22.49% (23.16%)
  • Internet Explorer: 22.00% (21.28%)
    • IE8: 12.57% (10.77%)
    • IE10: 4.63% (4.45%)
    • IE9: 2.59% (3.67%)
    • IE7: 2.14% (2.27%)
    • IE6: 0.06% (0.10%)
  • Firefox: 19.34% (18.80%)
  • Android Browser: 1.15% (1.24%)

Platforms

  • Windows: 47.90% (47.79%)
  • Macintosh: 38.19% (37.96%)
  • iOS: 10.37% (10.92%)
  • Android: 1.85% (1.88%)
  • Linux: 0.34% (0.44%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.09%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.05% (0.06%)

July 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

  • 148 (179) new people liked our Page, while 33 (44) people unliked our Page.
  • 499 (932) 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]
  • 17370 (29230) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 49731 (69940) 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. Beautiful Middlebury campus footage at mid-summer, captured by Communications Office graduate intern Matt Lennon ’13.. Reach: 6808, Engagement: 436
  2. What did General Lee see (or, more significantly, NOT see) at Gettysburg? Prof. Anne Knowles tells the Associated Press how GIS mapping is giving new insight into the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. . Reach: 5710, Engagement: 139
  3. Watch Middlebury’s past and present converge in this fun short video produced by Brendan Mahoney ’11. It’s the college’s “Thank You” for donors to the Annual Fund.. Reach: 5684, Engagement: 272
  4. Countdown to 58%! If Middlebury reaches 58 percent alumni participation by June 30, a generous donor will give $58,000 for financial aid. http://www.middlebury.edu/giving/ Reach: 5632, Engagement: 102
  5. Middlebury’s PTP/NYC Season Opener Off Broadway. Reach: 5148, Engagement: 186

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: 37 (27) Shares, 990 (2201) Clicks
  • Twitter: 20 (15) Shares, 166 (376) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 4 (0) Shares, 1 (0) Clicks
  • Google+: 2 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks
  • Google Reader: 1 (0) Shares), 0 (0) Clicks
  • Email: 0 (18) Shares, 569 (226) Clicks

Data Sets

June 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

  • 179 (171) new people liked our Page, while 44 (61) people unliked our Page.
  • 932 (802) 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]
  • 29230 (30180) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 69940 (80169) 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. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Middlebury Commencement speech was adapted into a New York Times opinion piece. Reach: 9744, Engagement: 697
  2. Congratulations to the Middlebury class of 2013. Welcome to the alumni family! http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement/congrats2013. Reach: 8548, Engagement: 388
  3. Bike til it hertz: College kids spin out campus electricity. Reach: 8164, Engagement: 395
  4. Middlebury to Launch School of the Environment in 2014 Reach: 7496, Engagement: 539
  5. In case you missed it, here’s a video of author Jonathan Safran Foer’s amazing commencement speech. Reach: 6952, Engagement: 317

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: 27 (62) Shares, 2201 (4463) Clicks
  • Email: 18 (36) Shares, 226 (370) Clicks
  • Twitter: 15 (42) Shares, 376 (614) Clicks

Data Sets

June 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 333,036 (419,244) visits from 180,556 (224,678) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 36,597 (49,502) visits from 30,979 (40,886) people
  3. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 19,943 (19,997) visits from 18,762 (18,693) people
  4. web.middlebury.edu: 7,803 (10,247) visits from 7,551 (9,530) people
  5. portal.middlebury.edu: 6,356 (13,620) visits from 4,643 (10,243) people
  6. catalog.middlebury.edu 5,559 (5,375) visits from 5,227 (5,145) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 5,229 (10,421) visits from 4,182 (8,640) people
  8. students.middlebury.edu: 4,721 (4,712) visits from 3,493 (3,638) people
  9. facstaff.middlebury.edu: 4,266 (4,944) visits from 3,729 (4,256) people
  10. museum.middlebury.edu: 3,702 (3,177) visits from 3,273 (3,046) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 202,738 (234,755) pageviews
  2. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 17,404 (18,381) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 12,802 (12,482) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 11,507 (23,533) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/alumni/reunion: 8,524 pageviews
  6. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 8,421 (14,103) pageviews
  7. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 8,119 (15,766) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 7,700 (10,141) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/about: 7,597 (8,077) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/ls: 7,251 (7,595) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 492 (577)
  2. academic calendar: 151 (166)
  3. banner web: 85 (80)
  4. mojo: 77 (68)
  5. sites.middlebury.edu: 72 (74)
  6. email: 58 (35)
  7. first year seminar: 45 (16)
  8. course hub: 44 (91)
  9. visit: 44 (22)
  10. health forms: 39 (7)

Browsers

  • Safari: 33.20% (36.71%)
  • Chrome: 23.16% (23.00%)
  • Internet Explorer: 21.28% (18.91%)
    • IE8: 10.77% (9.99%)
    • IE10: 4.45% (2.72%)
    • IE9: 3.67% (4.03%)
    • IE7: 2.27% (2.07%)
    • IE6: 0.10% (0.11%)
  • Firefox: 18.80% (17.67%)
  • Android Browser: 1.24% (1.19%)

Platforms

  • Windows: 47.79% (42.35%)
  • Macintosh: 37.96% (42.49%)
  • iOS: 10.92% (11.83%)
  • Android: 1.88% (1.69%)
  • Linux: 0.44% (0.38%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.09% (0.12%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.06% (0.07%)

May 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

  • 171 (232) new people liked our Page, while 61 (54) people unliked our Page.
  • 802 (1032) 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]
  • 30180 (33979) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 80169 (74593) 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. Do you know a Midd alum in the food business? Tell us about farmers, chefs, bakers, brewers, vintners, and entrepreneurs for our upcoming food issue of Middlebury Magazine.. Reach: 9804, Engagement: 395
  2. Midd alum Andrew Forsthoefel ’11 walked across the U.S. from Philadelphia to California. His story was just featured on NPR’s “This American Life.”. Reach: 9152, Engagement: 473
  3. Midd’s Pranksters win D-III national title for Ultimate Frisbee!. Reach: 8804, Engagement: 597
  4. Congratulations to the Middlebury class of 2013. Welcome to the alumni family! http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement/congrats2013 Reach: 6996, Engagement: 383
  5. MIDDLEBURY, VT – Middlebury College’s 2010 Commencement ceremony on the main quad of campus. (Photo © 2010 Brett Simison) Brett Simison www.brettsimison.com. Reach: 6444, Engagement: 280

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: 62 (42) Shares, 4463 (3461) Clicks
  • Twitter: 42 (29) Shares, 614 (366) Clicks
  • Email: 36 (48) Shares, 370 (326) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 9 (5) Shares, 4 (0) Clicks

Top Five Shared Pages

  1. Student Panelists Offer Diverse Perspectives on Divestment. Shares: 11, Clicks 174
  2. Middlebury College Statement on Natural Gas Pipeline. Shares: 10, Clicks 54
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer to deliver Middlebury College commencement address. Shares: 7, Clicks 14
  4. Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement. Shares: 6, Clicks 130
  5. Men’s Lacrosse Knocked Off In NESCAC Tourney. Shares: 6, Clicks 9

Data Sets

May 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 419,244 (477,603) visits from 224,678 (262,735) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 49,502 (61,992) visits from 40,886 (50,683) people
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 31,735 (44,602) visits from 16,354 (23,930) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 19,997 (19,982) visits from 18,693 (18,849) people
  5. portal.middlebury.edu: 13,620 (18,434) visits from 10,243 (13,886) people
  6. courses.middlebury.edu: 12,217 (22,032) visits from 8,727 (16,569) people
  7. web.middlebury.edu: 10,247 (12,910) visits from 9,530 (11,965) people
  8. biblio.middlebury.edu: 10,421 (12,485) visits from 8,640 (10,676) people
  9. eres.middlebury.edu: 6,842 (11,465) visits from 5,261 (9,944) people
  10. catalog.middlebury.edu 5,375 (23,923) visits from 5,145 (21,025) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 234,755 (255,909) pageviews
  2. menus.middlebury.edu: 32,427 (45,486) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 23,533 (31,097) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 18,381 (25,502) pageviews
  5. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 15,766 (21,443) pageviews
  6. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 14,103 (17,156) pageviews
  7. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 12,482 (16,541) pageviews
  8. courses.middlebury.edu: 11,569 (18,973) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 10,802 (13,458) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement: 10,225 (1,422) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 577 (576)
  2. academic calendar: 166 (255)
  3. graduation: 106 (42)
  4. course hub: 91 (143)
  5. menu: 87 (137)
  6. banner web: 80 (50)
  7. sites.middlebury.edu: 74 (71)
  8. mojo: 68 (106)
  9. moodle: 56 (123)
  10. phi beta kappa: 53 (12)

Browsers

  • Safari: 36.71% (37.25%)
  • Chrome: 23.00% (24.30%)
  • Internet Explorer: 18.91% (16.83%)
    • IE8: 9.99% (9.12%)
    • IE9: 4.03% (4.18%)
    • IE10: 2.72% (1.53%)
    • IE7: 2.07% (1.92%)
    • IE6: 0.11% (0.09%)
  • Firefox: 17.67% (17.12%)
  • Android Browser: 1.19% (1.13%)

Platforms

  • Macintosh: 42.49% (45.28%)
  • Windows: 42.35% (39.14%)
  • iOS: 11.83% (11.15%)
  • Android: 1.69% (1.51%)
  • Linux: 0.38% (0.37%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.12% (0.10%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.07% (0.07%)