Faculty Invited to Web Focus Group on December 16

Posted on 11/30/2009 3:00:21 PM

The Web Team invites all web maintainers for academic departments, as well as any other interested faculty, to a special focus group session on department websites on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in Delaney Hall G-5.

“What should I do with my department’s website?” The Web Team hears this question daily. In order to provide the best possible answer, we are currently are developing a new set of best practices for academic department home pages. (Please note that we are focusing on academic, not administrative websites during this session.)

We are particularly concerned with making sure that potential students who arrive at your department homepage manage to find what they want to find—and that they go on from there to ask for more information, register for a visit, or apply to IUP.

Our website isn’t just about admissions, however. So we want to know what you need your websites to do: graduate admissions? sharing research? conference promotion?

Answering these questions is the aim of our focus group. We’ll be asking two basic questions about your website:

  1. What do visitors who come to your website need to find?

  2. What do visitors who come to your website need to do?

We will collate the answers we collect and use them as we develop a new set of best practices for department websites that balance admissions and other needs.