CHADRON – In an effort to assist Chadron State College students, employees and visitors, College Relations has launched an interactive, mobile-friendly online map of the campus. College Relations worked with CampusBird, an interactive map and virtual tour platform for higher education institutions. The online map consists of a custom rendering of the campus overlaid on Google Maps with software that enables map interactivity.
In addition to showing academic, administrative and residence life buildings, other searchable map categories include campus trails, gardens and museums. Buildings on the National Register of Historic Sites and location information for CSC offices in North Platte and Scottsbluff are also included. When users click on a map item, they will be able to view descriptions, photos, links to related web pages and videos, if available.
Drawings of campus were completed based on photos and GPS information. Marketing Coordinator Tena Cook and Digital Graphic Designer Daniel Binkard led the project for CSC and the pair worked with CampusBird staff so that new construction and other details were included. Cook worked with Google to provide accurate locations for several spots on campus and she and Binkard also collaborated with others on campus to develop an extensive keyword search for each category to help ensure a positive user experience.
In addition to the interactive map for individual buildings, viewers can also take a virtual tour of the campus.
“The online map features a fantastic level of detail, and is flexible: we can update map entries and fine-tune the experience for users, whether they are campus-based, or visitors looking to see a virtual tour,” Binkard said.
Alex Helmbrecht, director of College Relations, said the map is an excellent addition to Chadron State’s online presence.
“It will be helpful for so many people who want to plan a physical visit but it will also assist those who want to take a look at CSC on their own devices,” Helmbrecht said. “Since the map is adjustable and will continue to evolve, it is a valuable tool and it really has the potential to provide people with a more accurate view of Chadron State College.”
Map users with GPS activated on a mobile device will be able to access walking and driving directions to their destinations while viewing the map. Map visitors can easily explore and share links to specific locations, zoom in to see great detail about the campus and facilities as well as find parking, ADA accessible routes, and more.
Guests planning to travel to campus may print portions of the map prior to their visit. A complete print version of the map is on the new folded, pocket-sized maps available at multiple campus locations including Crites Hall, Sandoz Center, Sparks Hall, and the Student Center.
Chadron State College joins more than 250 other higher education institutions using the CampusBird platform including Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Middlebury College, Hope College, and Salve Regina University.
To see the map, visit http://www.csc.edu/visitors/location.csc.
—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator