A new AU intranet portal is available for you to explore. The Office of Information Technology says the new product offers more intuitive navigation, easier access to information, tools related specifically to your role at AU, and continued access to your existing portal links.
This week’s soft launch allows faculty, staff, and students to preview the new intranet portal before its official launch in early Spring 2011. You can access the new portal through my.american.edu by clicking on the “Try the New Portal” banner.
The portal was developed on top of Microsoft SharePoint, a leading collaboration tool. It integrates more fully with MS Office tools and American University’s Colleague platform (which contains all student, staff, and faculty data), which means future upgrades will allow groups and teams to work much more collaboratively through document sharing, time and task management, discussion and wiki tools, and more.
Try these new features and innovations:
- Customized Primary Landing Page
When you sign in, you will land on a page that is customized to your role(s) as an AU student, faculty, or staff member.
- Personalized Functions
Choose links and functions that apply specifically to your role(s) at AU.
- Organized Content Landing Pages
Content pages are grouped within menus by function, such as: Academics, Finances, or Life at AU. For example, the menu heading “Work at AU” contains pages and links to payroll and benefits information.
- Targeted Announcements
The Announcements section on landing pages and some content pages displays messages that are relevant specifically to you.
- Targeted Events Information
Similar to announcements, information displayed in specific areas of each landing page and some content pages is filtered specifically by interest group—students, faculty, or staff.
- Personalized Links
On the existing portal, you see a list of links when you select a category. On the new portal, links are listed on your landing page or content pages that apply to your AU status. You can search or browse links.
We urge you to experience the collaborative nature of the new portal and familiarize yourself with its features before the official launch. For feedback, suggestions, questions, or to join a discussion, follow the link to “myAU Portal [Beta] Feedback” from your landing page. You can also contact the IT Help Desk at x2550, firstname.lastname@example.org, or instant message AskAmericanUHelp.