Experience Cornell Website Wins International Award
The newly updated Experience Cornell website took top honors in the Education category during the International Splash Awards 2019 at DrupalCon Amsterdam on October 28, 2019. The Splash Awards celebrate the best Drupal-based websites and applications from all over the world.
Experience Cornell is an innovative, interactive platform that invites students to “find your opportunity.” The site connects undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and postdocs to hundreds of opportunities for learning, discovery, and engagement, on and off campus. "One of the goals of this site is to provide more equitable access to the richness of Cornell's opportunities," said Janaki Parthasarathy, Cornell Student Experience Initiative product manager.
For this initiative, Cornell leveraged the strengths of Drupal and Salesforce integration to seamlessly weave together a dynamic web experience with a powerful data foundation. Siloed legacy websites were replaced with an all-inclusive solution to facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and support active business processes. As students navigate all that Cornell has to offer, data helps advisers engage, provide support and resources, and understand the impact these programs have on students’ success. "The value of Experience Cornell lies not only in creating an accessible, centralized collection of the hundreds of opportunities available to all students, but also in the site’s utility--it lists over 700 opportunities at present, with filtering and search tools to help students find the experiences they are eligible for and interested in," Parthasarathy said.
Life-changing experiences abound at Cornell, and Experience Cornell is a powerful tool for students to discover research, public engagement, career development, and study abroad opportunities. Students can select from six categories: Career and Professional Development; Service and Community-Engaged Learning; Fellowships and Funding; Global; Research; and Special Interest. The site also helps students find information on program cost, relevant resources, location, a summary of application deadlines, and links to sponsoring partners, added Shannon Osburn, assistant director, CIT Custom Development. Each opportunity is managed by the program provider, and training is available to become a content contributor. To learn about training opportunities, log into CULearn.