Scope elements are the way that the CMS shares content across Skidmore sites — in a way, our own version of the Facebook “share” feature. In this way, a Scope item can be entered once, and shared across multiple Skidmore web pages without individual site editors having to re-enter the information — saving server resources, employee time, and promoting efficient sharing of information across departments.
Scope elements consist of news, announcements, events, people, and right column displays. You can see these in action on the Skidmore home page. Not all of these features are available for every website, and when they are available they are usually limited to the home page of the site.
You will need to work with the Web Team to determine which features are available to you, and have them installed on your site. Once you have them in place, you will be able to maintain them using the Scope editing system.
Events is a more unique widget, interfacing with the college calendar. Items entered onto the college calendar can be earmarked for visibility on various departments, according to relevancy. This feature requires a fairly active activity calendar in order to make full use of the features.
Taken together, Scope items can add a level of dynamic interest to your site, and provide you with a way to share information efficiently across the Skidmore campus. If you think that your department can benefit from these features, contact the web team for more information.