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New Site – Campus Virtual Tour

January 22nd, 2013 by Erick Beck

This one has been a long time coming. We have been talking to people across campus about publishing a virtual tour for two years now. We have finally got something on line and are opening the doors for public consumption. See http://campustour.tamu.edu/

The content currently online is only a fraction of what we plan to publish, but we didn’t want to wait until we had all of the content because that could be another six months. As many of you recall, the original plan was going to be to have a vendor produce the core of the site and we would add material from specific areas on campus to supplement and compliment what they had done. Negotiations with the vendor fell through, though, leaving us to produce the entire site. The first round of content, what you see today, is the areas of campus that the vendor was to have provided. Over the course of the Spring and Summer we will be introducing additional content covering other areas of campus. We already have buy-in from several departments, and will be approaching others in order to flesh out the tour site.

The goal of the site was to incorporate all of the tours that we offer on campus, so it is not strictly a self-contained virtual tour. It also links over to walking tours that the Visitor Center offers, tours of the Bonfire Memorial, the university’s FourSquare program, audio podcasts that can be played from the site or downloaded, and many more.

We also realized that one of the primary users would be people here in town walking around campus. We therefore made the page views accessible to both phone and tablet size devices.

We invite your feedback on the site. Tell us what works and what doesn’t, what you like and what you don’t. Because we have so much content left to publish we fully intend to use the feedback that we get from this round to modify and improve the site as we go through each new phase of development.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 Campus Tours
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