The myEssex student portal offers students structured sets of links to online services and information, customised for each user, and with further options for users to personalise a range of features. The portal delivers customised links and information based on what it knows about the user (you are studying these courses, you are based at Loughton/Colchester, etc) and personalised by the user (the user can choose to hide some links, add others, and change the presentation).
The portal identifies each user from his or her log-on information, using this to load a unique, tailored version of the portal, based on who the user is and the choices they have previously made. Nobody else can load that user's instance of the portal, so personal data and portal preferences are secure. If you are not a student, the portal cannot deliver you the course-related resources it would normally display, so when a member of staff views the portal there will be some significant gaps in coverage.
Members of staff can see a demonstration version of the portal created for our test student 'Billy Bunter', allowing a view of the portal as seen by a postgraduate sports science student. This demonstration view of the portal has some shortcomings, though, so you should read the cautionary notes on the following web page before following the link from that page to Billy's portal:
A trial version of the portal was launched on 6 May 2004. The full release will take place in October 2004. Students can see their own version of the portal at:
Prominence of online resources and information
Signposting the portal to students
Feedback and suggestions on the portal are welcome:
for students: https://www.essex.ac.uk/myessex/
staff demonstration view: https://www.essex.ac.uk/myessex/staffview.htm