Meeting 1/20/2009

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Revised List of Requirements

Internal Audiences

  • 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)

External Audiences

  • Offer main page + main admissions page in several languages
  • Tell the story: pragmatic idealism
  • Sharpen brand focus: "Be the Solution"

Both

  • Interactive elements
  • Stronger ties to Moodle/other web presences
  • Integrate content from FirstClass
  • Robust calendar interface
  • Simple, consistent navigation -- no duplicate links
    • Breadcrumbs
  • Support delivery to mobile devices
  • Portal to Facebook, iTunes U, Yelp, Flickr, etc.
  • Streamlined and branded e-commerce solution

Focus Groups

  • What are the big themes? Are the same things coming up in every group?

Channels

  • 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

About

  • 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

Admissions

Academics

  • 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

Student Services

  • International student services is way too buried considering our international student population