Save Time, Maintain Consistency
Shared Content is material that’s used by multiple sites across Mason’s digital ecosystem. It provides a centralized home for such things as academic program descriptions, faculty profiles, and news stories that appear on a variety of university websites.
Having shared content means multiple people don’t have to perform the same task, or someone has to make the same update in several places. If something must be altered or updated, the change is made in one place, then flows across all sites on which the material appears.
Using shared content:
- Maintains editorial consistency across all Mason sites.
- Saves time and labor by making changes/updates in one place for multiple sites.
- Minimizes silos by making content universally available and easy to share across the university’s digital ecosystem.
Items that go into shared content include:
- Academic Programs
- Course Sections
- News Stories
- Faculty Profiles
- Student/Alumni Profiles
You'll find shared content material:
- On the core site in Academics, within the Areas of Study and Areas of Focus pages, which list brief descriptions of Academic Programs.
- On the News pages of the core site and school and college sites, such as the Volgenau School of Engineering. Stories that originate across the university can (and frequently, are) shared.
- On college and school sites, such as the the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Meet an Alumni page and the School of Dance's Meet Our Dancers page.
- On Faculty Profile pages such as those on Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Dance, and Honors College.
Being able to share faculty profiles comes in particularly handy when faculty members teach classes in more than one college or school. Using Shared Content means they only have to maintain their biographical information in one place
Sourcing from Banner
Much of the material in shared content originates in Banner. Generally speaking, we don’t create new versions of academic programs, courses, course sections or faculty profiles. Banner is our official Mason source; all these items should originate from there.
Every 24 hours, we get a new import of information from Banner, so if you have a new faculty member, when they’re in the Banner system, a “stub” will appear in shared content, and you should be able to find it by searching for their name. If you’re absolutely sure someone is in Banner and you can’t find them:
- If they’re new, wait one day to make sure they’ve had time to be pulled in with the latest Banner import.
- Double-check the name and the spelling. For example, Rick Davis originally came in as Richard, and at least one dance instructor goes by a stage name that is different from his legal name (which is the one that appears in Banner).
We can (and do) edit and add to content that's sourced from Banner, but the basic information (classes a faculty member is teaching that semester, for example) can’t be changed or edited. If something needs to be altered or updated, that change must be made in Banner.
Other material in shared content is what we at Mason create from scratch, such as news stories and student/alumni profiles.