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The UIT Blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the build and delivery of technology products and services to the Stanford community. The topics you’ll read about are all told first-hand by the individuals who work closest to them.

Create a Slack Workspace for Your Course from Canvas — and Meet Coursebot

April 7, 2021
Thanks to a partnership between University IT and Learning Technologies and Spaces, instructors in most schools can create private Slack workspaces directly through the Canvas tool. 

When and How to Use Drop-down Menus

Ishita Shah
March 30, 2021
Navigating a website can be a daunting task, especially if the site’s architecture and menu system aren’t clear.

5 Steps for Designing Modern Website Navigation

Kerri Augenstein
Ishita Shah
March 30, 2021
Research shows that we have less than 20 seconds to grab the attention of users who come to our websites.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Stanford Mobile App

March 15, 2021
The Stanford Mobile app was designed with you in mind. That’s why we’re committed to constantly evolving our features and curating a unique experience for each student, employee, and visitor who uses it.
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Drupal 9 Upgrade Won’t Require a Rebuild

Sara Worrell-Berg
February 12, 2021
You may miss our next major Drupal version upgrade, but that’s all part of the plan. Stanford Sites built on Drupal 8 (D8) will automatically upgrade to D9 on Feb. 18.

The Farm at Your Fingertips: Five Reasons to Get Stanford Mobile

Rachel Manongdo
January 12, 2021
You’re not alone if you’ve been feeling a little disconnected from The Farm lately. The University IT Stanford Mobile team has kept that in mind while continuing to build out the university mobile app experience to boost convenience, connection, and community. ​

Thinking About Creating a New Slack Workspace? Here’s What You Need to Know

January 11, 2021
Any Stanford Slack member can create a new workspace. If your group needs a virtual space of its own to collaborate, this information will get you off to a great start.

How to Put User Needs at the Forefront of Your Web Design: Cardinal Service Part Two

Ishita Shah
November 23, 2020
Identifying user needs is an integral part of designing a successful website. How do you take the next step to put those needs at the forefront of your new design?
Different roles in Slack

Adding Others to Your Slack Workspace: Common Questions Asked and Answered

October 14, 2020
You can invite others to join you in any Slack workspace or channel you belong to, usually just by sending an invite. But if the person you want to invite isn’t a member of Slack — or even affiliated with Stanford — the process requires a few additional considerations.
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The Importance of an Informed Website Strategy: Cardinal Service Part One

Ishita Shah
October 14, 2020
Successful website design unites user needs with organizational intent.