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Branding a Connexions Lens

Module by: Kenneth Leroy Busbee. E-mail the author

Summary: An explanation of how branding works and changes the look of how users see the modules and collections that are part of your Connexions lenses.

The Ability to Brand

Branding is only available to members of the Connexions Consortium. It’s one of the benefits of membership. Information about the consortium can be found at: http://cnxconsortium.org/

Consortium members should contact the Connexions Community Developers and request that branding features be add to their account. Provide your account name (that is your organization’s user login name) in the email that you send to: cnx@cnx.org

What is Branding?

Branding is the ability to add a presence (logo and special link line to your lens) to the Connexions web site for modules and collections in your organization’s lenses. When you direct people to the Connexions web site via your branded lens; a cookie is added to the person’s web browser software. As they continue to visit any modules or collections (and that includes all of the modules in those collections) that was on the lens; your branding persists. Their browser remembers because of a cookie about your lens is added to their browser. Unless they clear the cookies on their browser software, their browser remembers forever.

The advantage to the consortium member is that users viewing materials in your lenses have a stronger feeling that the materials are approved by or affiliated with your organization. Here is an example showing the Houston Community College branding from its Affiliation lens on a collection. Branding looks same on modules within a collection that is on your lens. You don’t need to include each module within your lens.

Figure 1: HCC’s branding on its Affiliation lens.
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Common Ways that Users might Navigate to your Lens

Via Your Organization’s Web Site

Follow the steps from Houston Community College’s OER/OCW web site to the above module via lenses.

Figure 2: You provide a link to your organizations lenses.
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Figure 3: On your lens page, the user clicks on one of your lenses.
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Figure 4: The user clicks on a module or collection from one of your lenses (the Affiliation lens in this example.
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Figure 5: The user see the module or collection with your branding – your presence.
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Via the Connexions Lenses Tab

The user might view the many lenses available on the Connexions web site via the tabs and enter modules or collections via one of your branded lenses.

Figure 6: Navigating to your organizations lens via the many available on Connexions Lenses tab.
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Figure 7: Then they select content – module or collection.
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Figure 8: They see your branding.
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Via the Lenses Box

Once a user has navigated to an item that is on one of your lenses, they might not see branding because they have never been to your lens. Not until they navigate to your lens will they see branding. Lenses associated with a module or collection are provided in a Lenses Box to the left and after any table of contents if the item is a collection.

Figure 9: The user chicks on your lens.
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Figure 10: Once on your lens page the cookie is added to the user’s browser.
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Figure 11: When the user selects a module or collection, the branding appears.
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Making Branding Appear on Your Organizations Lenses

Figure 12: Branding Directions – Don’t forget to scroll down and save the edit to your lens.
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Figure 13: The Endorsement lens for: Travelers in the Middle East Archives
Branding will look different for different organizations because of the logo and line color. Here is branding for the TIMEA Endorsement Lens.
Branding will look different for different organizations because of the logo and line color. Here is branding for the TIMEA Endorsement Lens. (graphics13.jpg)

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Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

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'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

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Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

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