Course Catalog Meeting Notes 2009-09-07

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This page contains notes for the September 7th, 2009 meeting of the Course Catalog team.

In attendance:

  • Joe Antonioli
  • Janis Audet
  • Renee Brown
  • Bob Cluss
  • Adam Franco
  • LeRoy Grahm
  • Jason Mittell
  • Jeff Rehbach


Workflow for description entry

  • Jeff: Has additional help for description entry been found?
  • Janis: What instructions need to be passed off to additional help?
    Much of the bulk description entry for Fall 09 has been entered by Janis. Spring 09 descriptions will get entered later. Longer-term workflow TBD. --Franco, Adam 18:34, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Descriptions are being entered into SCADETL. --Franco, Adam 18:36, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Pages for department sites

Three types of pages are likely needed for the department sites. Some mock-ups will help to visualize these types of pages and the information that might be contained on them. We will need to decide if we need to have all three types of pages or if a different way of presenting the data might be preferred.

Program description and major requirements

This will be done as a block of text in Drupal. Whether it lives in a "Catalog" part of the site and is redisplayed on the department page or vice versa is yet to be determined.

View a Requirements mock-up with the following things in mind:

  • This will be free-form text edited in Drupal.


Courses offered by the department

This will be a list of the titles and descriptions of courses taught within a period of time (i.e. upcoming year and previous 4 years). In addition to the titles and descriptions, a list of the terms this course has been taught (e.g. F06, F07, F08, S08, S09, S10) will provide a view of the periodicity of each course. This listing might be ordered by course-code (as in the catalog) to display the progression throughout the major.

View a Courses mock-up with the following things in mind:

  • Course-titles link to the detail-view of this course in the catalog (these links work in the mock-up).
  • Except for the first class, the semester-codes listed are not accurate. I just made them up.
  • Semester codes link to the detail-view of the first section for a course in that semester (these links only work on the first course). Another option for these links is for them to go to the department's section-listing for that semester.
  • Descriptions from cross-listed courses will be shown in-line rather than dummy-lipsum text.



  • Where should the semester-codes link to?
  • Should cross-listed department codes be displayed by the title or just the current department code?
  • Where should the requirement links go to?

Sections offered in a given semester

This would default to the "current" semester and show a listing of the sections with titles, descriptions, instructors teaching them, etc. Links to the next and previous semesters would be available from this view.

View a Semester Sections mock-up with the following things in mind:

  • All links should work.
  • The content in this view is the same as the search-results in the catalog application



  • Should lab, discussion, etc sections be displayed in this view, or just lecture/seminar sections?
    Required labs or discussions should be grouped with lecture sections so that it is more obvious what the time commitment for a course will be. --Franco, Adam 18:40, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Should we list more semesters in the menu on the left?
    It is potentially useful to have a free-form text-page for "Upcoming" semesters where information that is not yet in banner can be noted. --Franco, Adam 18:40, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Should this listing have the current search-results format, or something different?

Redundant/extra fields for search

  • Is Department redundant on the search UI? For undergrad, it seems to be the same list as Subject with different word order.
    We will get rid of subject and division. --Franco, Adam 18:41, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Is Division useful on the search UI?
    Division is not needed. --Franco, Adam 18:41, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Can requirements get longer titles in Banner? Eg. "North American Culture" rather than just NOR.


What will be our archiving strategy for "The Catalog". Is a PDF export from Drupal sufficient? An HTML export?

Not discussed. --Franco, Adam 18:42, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Progress of existing catalog content review

Go over any process questions or other issues that have come up in the review of existing online course-catalog content.


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