Final Project Pitch [Updated]

What: The SCS Student Life Website will serve as a one-stop-shop for SCS students to learn about professional development events, social activities, or student groups available to them during their time at Georgetown.

Who: All SCS graduate and undergraduate students; non-degree and non-credit students taking courses at SCS. Monitored and moderated by SCS administrative staff.

Why: There is currently no resource designed solely for the student community at SCS. This website will serve as a community-building tool where students can find and communicate with one another, network with alumni, get information on upcoming programs and events, and even launch and manage their own student group pages.

Customizations:

1. Child theme with significant design changes using CSS

2. Simple plug-in to create custom “event” posts

3. Simple plug-in to create custom “job opportunity” posts

4. Contact form

5. Embedded events calendar

6. Custom admin dashboard using WordPress API

Customization Details and Timeline:

  1. Child theme with significant design changes using CSS (TO-DO)
  • What: Using University-approved fonts & colors, edit the style of the child theme so that it is visually appealing and easy to read
  • Why: Brand management will be important for any University-sponsored, student facing site. Making sure the fonts and colors are used appropriately will not only create brand cohesion but ease of use.
  • How: Create a child theme within the htdocs folder and add a .css file featuring at least 10 modifications
  • Timeline: Draft by Sunday, April 7; Final by Sunday, April 14

 

  1. Simple plug-in to create custom “event” posts (TO-DO)
  • What: Posts about events should stand out from blog posts, jobs posts, etc. Create a visually unique “event” post type that features fields such as time, date, place, image, and rsvp link.
  • Why: Events drive student engagement and provide community and professional development opportunities. As events are hosted by many entities within SCS as well as the broader University network, events are often not published in a standard way. This plug-in will standardize all event posts.
  • How: Using the example “reading list” plug-in, develop an “events” plug-in that provides the features listed above.
  • Timeline: Draft by Sunday, April 7; Final by Sunday, April 14

 

  1. Simple plug-in to create custom “job opportunity” posts (TO-DO)
  • What: Posts about job opportunities should stand out from blog posts, jobs posts, etc. Create a visually unique “job opportunity” post type that features fields such as title, employer, application deadline, and link. Possible to include code that automatically removes these posts on a certain date?
  • Why: SCS is a professional school, and programs can provide elite/exclusive job opportunities to students. This is a hallmark of the school, and should be easily accessible to all students.
  • How: Using the example “reading list” plug-in, develop a “job opportunities” plug-in that provides the features listed above.
  • Timeline: Draft by Sunday, April 7; Final by Sunday, April 14

 

  1. Embedded events calendar (TO-DO) [Optional]
  • What: An embedded events calendar that displays event dates, academic deadlines, etc. Styled to match the rest of the site. Possible to add option to add to google calendar? Possible to have this automatically created from the event plug-in?
  • Why: An events calendar will help students visualize important event dates as well as academic due dates.
  • How: Using a pre-existing events plug-in, customize the style
  • Timeline: Draft by Sunday, April 7; Final by Sunday, April 14

 

Time for research: Week of April 1

Writing: April 4-7

Drafts due: April 7

Debugging: April 6-13

Final Live: April 14

Deadlines for local testing: April 14

Deadline for live testing: April 16

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