I'm pleased to report that the CI Web Refresh team made good progress this spring. Here's a snapshot of what was completed since the last update:
1. Stamats helped us complete usability tests of our prototypes on both mobile and laptop platforms to verify how easily prospective students could complete certain tasks, such as finding information about what academic programs are available, or determining cost of attendance. The results of the tests have been used to further refine the organization and content of our new site.
2. We hosted two "Writing for the Web" workshops for creators of web content. (One of the writing workshop sessions was recorded, and is available for on-demand viewing by University employees; please contact Peter Mosinskis at email@example.com to obtain access.)
3. We worked with Stamats to re-write 50 pages of web content from a cross-section of key University web sites to define the our web site content style and tone in support of our new web site strategy. These pages are being shared with key stakeholders for feedback, and will be incorporated into new web sites. (Campus organizations can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to review this content.)
4. Our team has built 16 web pages in a grey-scale, HTML wire frame format. These examples encompass the CI home page and main navigation elements, and have been used to test and refine the user experience of our new site.
5. We've scheduled a "Social Media workshop" for Thursday, June 13. This workshop is meant to help social media authors across campus to learn to communicate more effectively. (Interested in attending? Contact Melissa Bergem at email@example.com by June 11 to RSVP). For those that can't attend, a video recording will be available after the workshop.
So what's left to be done? To get a better idea, our team completed an inventory of pages affected by the refresh effort, and here's some of what we learned:
- To launch only an updated University home page and top-level pages, our team must review, modify or build from scratch at least 34 web sites and web applications.
- To launch a new CI home page and 5 top-level pages, our team must do the same for at least 100 web sites and web applications.
- To complete the project, our team must migrate over 200 unique web sites and web applications comprising over 27,000 unique digital assets (including web pages, electronic documents, and digital images) into the new web site design.
This summer, the CI core team will continue to work on:
- the build out and testing of web site prototypes for the University home page and top-level pages
- graphic design of web themes and styles, including color, texture, typography, and layout
- re-writes of existing web site content in coordination with campus stakeholders
- further testing of prototypes on a number on traditional and mobile platforms by various audience groups
- optimization of web content and design delivery for mobile platforms
- updates to the CI Web Style Guide and web site templates