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Assignment 1: Site Specification Proposal. Mia Liza A. Lustria
Danielle De Jager-Loftus
Florida State University
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The topic of this site is Dr. Mia Liza A. Lustria’s academic and professional career.
To publicize the career of Dr. Lustria is the purpose of this site; which will highlight
education and various work experiences including teaching, research, interests, activities, and
The primary goals of the website are to establish an online presence, to present and
archive professional experience and accomplishments, and facilitate networking and
collaboration with students, as well as current and potential colleagues.
Overview of research, teaching, service
An overview of areas of research will be presented. A call to action on the homepage
will address overall purpose and interest, and from there this website will link to areas of
expertise, summary of qualifications, teaching information, and service activities.
Highlight research projects and publications
Another goal of this website is to highlight ongoing funded research projects and
publications. As research activities grow and requests for collaboration build, it is important to
be able to refer people to a website that demonstrates with clarity and with concrete examples,
areas of expertise.
Archive of work and accomplishments
An extensible, searchable archive of current and completed grants and research
collaboration as well as publications and presentations is an additional goal. A search mechanism
will facilitate searching for publications by type, year, and focus or area.
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Tool for marketing
This website will advertise many areas of expertise; such as consumer health informatics,
information architecture, and technical editing and publishing. Links to an online résumé on all
networking tools; including paper and electronic curriculum vitae (CV), paper and electronic
business cards, letterhead, and signature block will be pursued.
The website’s design will be achieved primarily with a consistent, extensible, global,
hypertext-based navigation scheme found on each page directing the viewer to the appropriate
The primary audience of this website will be colleagues in academia, current and
potential students, and potential funding agencies. The audience will obtain an overview of
research areas, grants and current research project, other career aspects, locate a searchable list of
publications, view and download a copy of the CV, and locate contact information. Ultimately,
the wish for visitors to understand the depth and breadth of areas of expertise will be
Needs and Preferences
The site will present the vision of an energetic, experienced, well-published teaching and
research professor. The site will present this vision by being rich in content that thoroughly
describes a considerable body of experience, publications, grants, research interests, and current
activities. Through the use of warm colors the site will present a welcoming tone. It will use
considerable white space and clear sans serif typography to evoke a clean modern feel and the
site will provide navigation features to make a text rich site readily accessible and somewhat
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interactive. The CV, for instance, will be available for downloading in several common file
formats. The team anticipates, depending on the available technical capability, including a text
search function and perhaps a feedback or comment form.
Because the types of expertise involved includes information architecture and website
usability, the site will use the latest cascading style sheet content management techniques to
provide a standards compliant example of current design structure. The site will pay special
attention to the needs of users requiring accessibility assistance that is consistent with good
The site will have a modular design so it can later be readily extended and will be easy to
Table 1 shows five examples of web sites and comments identifying which aspects of the
sites are favorable, and which are undesirable.
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Site and URL Emulate Avoid Comments
Gina K. Phipps, 1. Nice and clean design – much white space. 1. No resume
Instructional Technologist 2. Good descriptive inviting summary on first page. download.
http://itc.utk.edu/~gphipps 3. The online version of the paper resume is nicely
/index.html presented with good navigation (anchors).
4. Notes date of page updates.
5. Effective use of color to organize text that also works
for the color blind.
Dave Marshall, College 1. Considering that this is inside a college website, clean 1. Would not use a 1. The site colors are
Professor design. photo similar to a bit somber.
http://www.carroll.edu/aca 2. Listed here mainly because of the fine introduction on Professor
demics/math/cs/faculty/d his home page. Marshall’s.
marshal/ 3. Has really great information for his students. 2. The menu on the
right side is poorly
placed and site
navigation is not the
best- too many
menus for too many
Andrew Glassner, 1. This is an excellent example of a site that fits the 1. Too informal. 1. Think about the
Computer Graphics character of its subject. It is very visual, slightly off-beat. 2. Poor navigation. slightly textured
Consultant and Author 2. Good use of images. background or being
http://www.glassner.com/ 3. Rich in the depth of his credentials and activities. just a shade off bright
ProAce Technology 1. Harmonious colors.
Services, Inc. 2. Clean design with good typography for a text rich site.
http://www.proace.com/in 3. A variety of different but not confusing ways to
dex.aspx navigate the site.
4. Site map.
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Site and URL Emulate Avoid Comments
JoAnn Gonzalez-Major, 1. Clean dramatic design – right side menu seems to work 1. Type size too 1. While dramatic,
Professor in Instructional here. small and not the center graphic on
Design 2. Rich in content – both text and graphics. enough contrast to her homepage was
http://midsolutions.org/jm 3. Good “chunking” on the “course design” page. background. distracting.
ajor/portfolio/index.php 2. Confusing 2. Uses “call outs”
navigation. (or pulled-quotes) in
3. The flash some of her dense
homepage center text – something to
3. No “call to arms”
information on the
home page – some
of the content of her
might have been
better on her home
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The basis for most of the website’s content is upon the CV, albeit in a much more
expanded form. The CV itself will be available for download, but the site will feature a more
detailed look at professional interests and activities. The content that will be included within the
website is as follows:
• Professional Biography (including education, experience, awards, et al.)
1. STEER Project
2. RCP Project
3. eHealth Project
4. STARS Alliance
2. Mass Media Project
b. Ongoing Unfunded Research Collaborations
i. HINTS analysis
ii. Medical Podcasting Research
iii. Diabetes PHD
iv. Diabetes Care Technology Review
i. Peer-reviewed journals
ii. Book chapters
a. Teaching Philosophy
• Other Work Experience
a. University of the Philippines Los Banos
1. College of Development Communication
2. UP Open University
1. Publications Production
2. Technical Writing/Editing
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b. Johns Hopkins University
c. Health Media, Inc.
This website will have a hybrid hierarchical-hypertext organizational structure. It will
have a visible hierarchy using four primary categories: “About”, “Teaching”, “Research” and
“Service”. Each of these categories will have sub-categories of content. Since some of the
content does overlap across the primary categories, these materials will be accessible under all
The diagram below illustrates the potential organization of the site:
Categories About Teaching Research Service
Sub- - Profile - Philosophy - Grants - FSU
Categories - Summary of - Courses - Collaborations - Academic
qualifications - Advising - Publications community
- Research interests - Earlier teaching - Presentations - Local
- Prior work experience community
- Awards &
- PDF of CV
- Contact info