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==Overview of Midd Process==
===Information architecture/design===
*Homegrown IA
*Outsourced design
* Considering Drupal
* Surveying the community to determine what the community needs from website
* Determine issues with the existing website
* Parallel effort on both campuses
==MIIS relationship to Midd Process==
* Common design, MIIS I/A, common platform, hosted @ Middlebury
**no staff to support open-source application such as Drupal @ MIIS, Middlebury or someone else would be hosting & providing support
* Common design, MIIS I/A, common platform, hosted elsewhere
* Common design, MIIS I/A, different platform, hosted elsewhere
===Design factors===
* Timing - if Midd isn't ready to launch by late summer, MIIS needs to move forward.
**Target date: next recruiting season
* Cost - an issue. Funds are budgeted (built into academic excellence plan)
* Learning curve - will there be a learning curve for those who have to enter site content?
==Plan B==
* Retain current design, platform, hosting relationship
* Move content from individual school sites into "portal" site, streamline navigation
* Not a very elegant solution
===Develop requirements document===
* [[Survey]]
**Current students
**Students who have not yet arrived
* Focus groups
**Groups for each of our identified audiences
**One wild card group w/mixed audiences
* Interviews with key stakeholders
===Identify audiences===
* Prospective students (esp. international students & their parents)
* Current students (expected to increase with implementation of Banner)
* Staff/faculty
* Donors
* Alumni
* Researchers
* Press
===Consider Moodle vs. main website===
* How will each site be used?
* What content will be contained where?
===Aggregate multimedia items===
* Provide a space to list all podcasts, videos, etc.
* Serve as a portal for content on Facebook, iTunes U, Yelp, Flickr, etc.
* Support RSS feeds that users can include in 3rd party apps
* Support delivery to mobile devices
===Create consistent navigation===
* Breadcrumbs?
===Implement robust calendar system===
* UCBerkeley has a great example
* Allow students to subscribe to event feeds relative to them
===Support current students===
* Login protected current students section
* Job listings
* Class schedules
===Translate key pages===
* Offer main page + main admissions page in several languages
* Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, etc.
* Will be welcoming to international students
* Will help show up in more Google search results in various languages

Revision as of 13:49, 16 December 2008