The University of South Dakota integrated CommonSpot with uPortal—a free open source portal platform designed by and for the higher education community—to enable the easy management of portal content. myU provides convenient and easy access to a wide variety of information and services, such as teaching technology, training, student information and calendars, through a single Web interface. This enables content contributors to also take advantage of other CommonSpot capabilities (such as form creation) not commonly available in portal systems.

“CommonSpot amplified the power of uPortal by enabling content to be easily managed – a capability uPortal lacks,” said John Flack, technology integration specialist for The University of South Dakota. “With CommonSpot, non-technical users can easily create and customize myU content, resulting in increased efficiencies and timeliness. When you are developing hundreds of channels, that time savings really adds up.”

The ease in publishing and managing content has resulted in significant increased usage of the University’s myU portal. “Since the launch, the number of myU portal users logged in at any given time has increased by 20 percent,” said Flack.  “Resources that were previously managed by IT are now managed by approximately 25 content managers across campus, and content is now indexed into channels, providing members of the University community with a variety of targeted university information services and resources.”

Bob Cellucci, senior vice president of PaperThin, Inc., said, “To my knowledge, USD is the first university to incorporate these systems effectively, and is consequently able to achieve its information management and delivery goals. USD’s ‘myU portal’ is a perfect example of how well the product can work for universities.”

PaperThin, Inc. features The U’s integration model on its Web site,

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