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“Our current website is more of a social newsletter than a window to the world. It is so cluttered one hardly knows where to begin. In my opinion it should inform people about our academic program and the research interests of the faculty. All the social stuff can be there too, but way down the list of options to click on.”
“Faculty contact information, seminar notices and searching for administrative information is very important. It is missing from our current site.”
Clean page design. For example, “quick Links on our site are crammed with fine print and flashing red NEW is distracting”.
Below is a summary of the top improvements that have been requested by the participants in the Faculty, Staff and Students survey:
1. Update it more frequently
2. Remove the Covers section
3. Modernize the look and feel
4. Provide room numbers for departmental contacts
5. Add/update the event calendar
6. Make business office forms easier to access
7. More intuitive headings
8. Add a rotating carousel that shares the latest news
9. Reduce clutter in order to make it easier to find information
10. Focus more on academics and faculty members’ research interests
11. Embed the department’s tweets on the homepage
12. Add a rotating carousel that shares the latest news
13. Make faculty list more visually interesting
14. Better/clearer navigation and headings; make it easier to find content
15. Improve search engine
16. Reduce visual clutter on library page and homepage
17. Provide more information for TA applicants (e.g. lab requirements, names of instructors)
18. Provide more post-doc scholarship information
19. Improve and modernize the design
20. Change graduate studies quick links so they are focused on current grad students, not prospective grad students
21. Add/update an event calendar and include upcoming events on the homepage
22. Make content easier to skim
23. Ensure it has a responsive design
24. Make business office forms much easier to find
25. Make program requirements clearer/easier to understand and reduce the amount of text on these pages
We have been missing a high school and outreach contacts & activities pages for a very long time. The HS liaison committee is aware of this, and the content for such a page is being compiled.
“I’m wondering if the redesigned web site could scramble or hide the grad students’ email addresses in some way? “.
I think that is very important to have a short video of each faculty member introducing themselves and giving a synopsis of their research, and to feature these via prominent links on the Department home page, and also to have them recycling through in random order. This would give a personal connection that is so important, as well as being an immediate attention grabber. Students and other visitors are accustomed to YouTube, etc. and extensive written material does not provide the same immediate impact.
These introductory videos should be crisp and to the point, and outline the broad picture and goals and significance of the research. Faculty members would probably find it helpful to be provided with expert guidance on how to present themselves and should also be provided with criteria on how best to achieve these goals. Optimally the videos should be expertly filmed to ensure quality control. The videos should also have a strict time limit, of perhaps 3 minutes, commensurate with the limited attention spans that internet clips and smart phones have engendered.
For their own home page, each faculty member should also be encouraged to have a more extended video, but no longer than 6-8 minutes so as not to exceed the viewer’s attention span. This would give a further immediate personal connection and have more impact than a written description (which should also be provided)..
I think we should have some pictures of the undergraduates working in the lab, particularly in either LM117 or LM217 and some instructors teaching in both small and large auditoriums.
Our artificial blood project would give some nice photos. Also the lab in CHM 348 and the computer output of Graeme Howe’s project.
It would be nice to update the photos on the pages below
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