EdGEL…what EdGEL?

Jokes. Well, half jokes.

Last week, the CAHSS web team attended a hands-on co-creation workshop on how to improve the EdGEL website, with a long game of increasing awareness and implementation of the GEL and standardising our digital output using best practice and GEL standards.

So, EdGEL.

For the uninitiated, EdGEL is Edinburgh University’s Global Experience Language: a set of digital design and development standards, built to ensure that anyone who uses any of our digital services has a consistent experience. An unbelievable amount of work has gone into creating the GEL but it has not been widely adopted. This workshop was part of a plan to redress the balance.

Discover EdGEL as it currently stands
Some of the University of Edinburgh’s finest minds in digital led the workshop, otherwise busy with content editors, designers, developers, project managers and project sponsors (forgive me if I have excluded anyone from the list!). Everyone at the workshop was keen to make a success of the GEL (this is actually the most crucial element of adoption in my view – the desire to implement).

Our tasks in the workshop were to define
• What is the EdGEL website for?
• What content should it have?
• Design a front page of the website as a screen design (including navigation and content)

And to try to answer some key questions
• How can the website facilitate adoption?
• How can the website support adoption?
• What content should the website have?
• Should the website become a destination experience?

After lively and intelligent debate, across a spectrum of skillsets, we presented our ideas informally for consideration.

It is this type of engagement, that will keep EdGEL alive and it is our responsibility to use it to inform our design and development, whilst EdGEL’s new site is being developed. We look forward to a new-look, updated site, which supports our aims of creating usable, accessible digital output that reflects our needs as digital support staff.

In the meantime, asset creation, guideline consideration and examples of the flexibility of EdGEL principles in situ are being curated: watch this space!

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