From MIIS Wiki
Revised List of Requirements
- Login protected customizable personal page that customizes the user experience based on MIIS affiliation
- Jobs database (students)
- Banner access to academic records, scheduling (students, faculty)
- Banner access to budgets (staff)
- Alumni portal (alumni)
- Banner access to HR (all)
- Customizable subscriptions to specific information (e.g., events) via RSS (all)
- Offer main page + main admissions page in several languages
- Tell the story: pragmatic idealism
- Sharpen brand focus: "Be the Solution"
- Clear brand definition -- make people understand who we are
- Interactive elements
- Stronger ties to Moodle/other web presences
- Integrate content from FirstClass
- Robust calendar interface
- Simple, consistent navigation -- no duplicate links
- Support delivery to mobile devices
- Portal to Facebook, iTunes U, Yelp, Flickr, etc.
- Streamlined and branded e-commerce solution
- Efficient search solution that displays concise search results
- What are the big themes? Are the same things coming up in every group?
- Define what information is in each channel
- People can "tune in" to channels they find interesting
- What are the 3 or 5 or 6 big "channels"?
Information Architecture Draft
- Parallels the way Middlebury looks at architecture
- "above the fold" marketing site/"below the fold" interactive site
- Should there be audience-based navigation? ("current students", "prospective students", etc.)
- Maybe have an "interact" button in the top level
- Importance of wording in our navigation scheme
- Shift the way we think about delivering content -- maybe the reason people can't find stuff is not because of where it is, but how the information is worded/presented
- Consider delivering more content with audio/visual
- Is an "About" section really necessary? Does it need prominence?
- Consider turning it into a universal footer.
- Rethink fast facts section -- people won't know what content to expect here, they will probably click elsewhere to find what they are looking for
- Try for the best of both worlds
- Don't necessarily include school names in the nav scheme --> maybe just call it "Programs"
- Reword "Special Programs" --> no one will click on that because they don't know what content to expect
- Idea of having a quiz that finds out what students want to do and links them to a program/degree/etc. based on their interests
- International student services is way too buried considering our international student population
- Could be solved if we cross-referenced info by audience (current students, prospective students, international students, alumni, etc.)
- "International Students & Scholars" may be the common terminology most people are looking for