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New Virtual Tours Release

July 30th, 2013 by Erick Beck

We are pleased to offer another content release for our Virtual Tours site. This one is relatively small, but makes some important changes.

First of all, we have added a new feature section — Residence Halls. Working with Res Life, we have managed to get sample rooms in most of the residence hall types. Included are still photos as well as panoramas for most dorms. We did miss a few because of scheduling conflicts, so we will come back and catch those in the Fall when the rooms are occupied and decorated.

The second content addition is the expansion of the audio podcast section. We have added a few new locations, as well as adding text transcripts for each podcast. Some of the existing podcasts have also been updated with new voice talent to add a little variety to the mix.

Probably the most striking update has been with the photos. We have some spectacular photos on the site and we want to highlight them as much as possible. We have therefore replaced the front-page cartoon image with a striking image of campus and have added feature photos on each of the major category pages. Most importantly, we have completely overhauled the photos page on each of the buildings. Instead of having to flip through a carousel to see each image, they are now laid out grid-style on the page much like you would see on Facebook. This will hopefully make them much more accessible and thereby much more viewed.

We will continue to make additions in the Fall and Spring. We have several more major building updates to add, hopefully a few partnerships with large campus groups to feature their locations, as well as the opportunity to display user-generated content.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 Campus Tours
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