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    • LIS7470 - Assignment ISite: College of Engineering Wayne State University Nick DeNardis February 23, 2011 1
    • LIS7470 - Assignment 1 Personas overviewName Junior Jimmy Community Cathy Researcher Rob Ivy League Irene Currently attendingRole/Job title High School Junior In Community College Current Grad Student CornellAge/Gender 17/Male 20/Female 26/Male 28/Female “I have always been good “I have to pay my own “Sometimes I stay all night “Always looking for greatQuote at math and science” way through school” working on projects” faculty research” • Lives in an apartment and • Current graduate • Current graduate • Grown and raised in has a job student student at Cornell Michigan • Knows she wants to be a • In the Electric-Drive • Doing research in • Likes math and science Mechanical Engineer Vehicle Engineering Mechanical Engineering • Has one more semester program • Applying for colleges • Has a project he needs • before transferring to a Writing her final thesis soonGoals four year college to work on • Looking for • Looking to see what • Looking to see how to collaborators on some Wayne State has to transfer to the Wayne • Looking to get a good research offer State College of grade in this class • Goal: Engineering • Goal: • Goal: Find faculty and Request Information • Goal: Find an open lab with research Apply to the school MATLab software 2
    • Wayne State College of Engineering Navigation Diagram Home Departments Current Faculty & Admissions & Programs Research Alumni About Us Students Staff Currently Funded Admissions Process Academic Advisors Faculty Profiles Projects Board of Directors Message from Dean Department & Program List Admission Requirements Office of Student Affairs Faculty Research Research News Bylaws History Transfer Equivalencies Student Organizations Faculty in the News Computing Facilities Hall of Fame Facts Choose a Program Deadlines Courses Room Scheduling Labs & Centers Donations & Grants About the Dean Computing Resources Associate Dean for Join the Alumni Forms Job Postings Research Association Contact Us (Program Name) Honors Program Forms & Policies News & Announcements Gradstart Program ROTC Faculty Listing Financial Aid & BE 1050 Orientation Project Listing Scholarships Overview Choose a Apply Online Concentrations View Schedule Faculty Member Choose a Research Project (Faculty Member) Curriculum Reserve a Room (Research Project) Choose a Facility Information Meetings Facilities & Capabilities Contact & Bio Application Information Name & Amount Description & Hours Research Degree Outcomes Faculty Member Software Publications Request Information Policies Project Information Workstation Layout 3
    • Find a program and apply Compiled Task AnalysisGetting ready to graduate from High School means finding colleges and submitting an application Before Scenario After Scenario Jimmy has looked at a few competing college websites, Jimmy will continue to look for schools and apply at other found the program he is interested in and applied. institutions.Scenario Path through current site Path through new site 1. Homepage 2. Academic Programs 1. Homepage 3. Electrical Engineering1. See if the college has an electrical engineering 2. Departments & Programs program 4. Degree Information 3. Electrical Engineering (B.S.)2. Check to see what the degree requirements are 5. Undergraduate 4. Curriculum3. Request information 6. ECE Curriculum (PDF) 5. Request Information4. Find out how to apply 7. Homepage 6. Application Information 8. Prospective Students 9. Admissions * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 4
    • Find a program and apply Compiled Task AnalysisGetting ready to graduate from High School means finding colleges and submitting an application Before Scenario After Scenario Jimmy has looked at a few competing college websites, Jimmy will continue to look for schools and apply at other found the program he is interested in and applied. institutions.Justification The new navigation focuses on the prospective student with the main “Admissions” area that explains everything a future students would need to know about applying to any of the College of Engineering programs. The information is published by the main student services office instead of by each department like it is now. This keeps the requirements consistent and reduces redundancy. The “Departments & Programs” menu item does a good job fulfilling the needs of two audiences. They prospective student who is looking for information based on programs and then current student/faculty member is who looking for the departmental sites. The landing page would be a filterable and sortable list of links to further information. Jimmy will not have to go far to find consistent and comparable information about the programs in the college since they each will have standard information provided. Currently each department maintains their own level of information for each program which can vary from a few sentences to multiple pages. The calls to action will either be consistently in the menu or in the side bar of each page. He will not have to look far to take the next step. * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 5
    • Transferring to a four year institution Compiled Task AnalysisCathy is looking to transfer to a four year institution to graduate with a B.S. degree Before Scenario After Scenario Cathy has been taking classes at her community college Cathy will look at other area colleges to transfer to, she and looking for a place to transfer to get a full degree. has to stay close because she has a job.ScenarioSub-task Path through current site Path through new siteScenario 1. Homepage 2. Academic Programs 1. Homepage1. Check to see if there is a program in Mechanical 3. Mechanical Engineering 2. Departments & Programs Engineering 4. Degree Requirements 3. Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)2. Check to see what the degree completion requirements are 5. Prerequisites 4. CurriculumFunctionality what the transfer equivalents are 3. Check to see 6. Homepage 5. Admissions4. Request information 7. Prospective Students 6. Transfer Equivalencies 8. Admissions 7. Request Information 9. (Dead end) * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 6
    • Transferring to a four year institution Compiled Task AnalysisCathy is looking to transfer to a four year institution to graduate with a B.S. degree Before Scenario After Scenario Cathy has been taking classes at her community college Cathy will look at other area colleges to transfer to, she and looking for a place to transfer to get a full degree. has to stay close because she has a job.JustificationSub-taskScenarioknows that she is going to transfer to a larger school and just needs to find the one that offers her the best transfer Cathy plan. She has invested a lot of time and money into her schooling and doesn’t want to loose it. The goes straight to the program information to make sure WSU offers the program she is interested in. She then looks for the degree completion requirements. From here she can also get information about degree outcomes and possibly explore current student projects. After ensuring WSU has the degree she is interested in she goes on to the admissions area. The “Admissions” menu item is meant to be a one stop shop for anyone interested in applying. It explains the admissions process and has a list of transferFunctionality equivalencies. Cathy is interested in the equivalencies since she is transferring. The link will probably go off to a separate site at the university but it will get her what she needs. There is a “Transfer Credit” department which handles the complicated task of matching courses from any other school to WSU’s. Cathy will be able to make an informed decision by taking these steps. If she needs more information she can request it from the menu. * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 7
    • Finding a lab with specific software Compiled Task AnalysisRob is a hard worker and often needs to find a computer to do research on, finding one that is open should be easy Before Scenario After Scenario Rob is looking over the requirements of his project and he Rob is going to the lab to work on his project. needs to do some programming in MATLab. He needs to find a campus computer to do his work on.ScenarioSub-task Path through new site Path through new siteScenario 1. Homepage 1. Homepage 2. Computing 2. Current Students 3. Engineering Computing Center 3. Computing Resources 4. Software1. Check to see if the school offers MATLAB 4. Facilities & Capabilities software use 5. Software Availability 5. Software2. Check to see if the what labs have that software 6. MATLAB - List of RoomsFunctionality 6. MATLAB3. Check to see if there is availability in those labs 7. (Click each room) 7. (Choose a lab) 8. (Back two pages) 8. Description & Hours 9. View Schedule 9. View Schedule 10. (Find rooms) * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 8
    • Finding a lab with specific software Compiled Task AnalysisRob is a hard worker and often needs to find a computer to do research on, finding one that is open should be easy Before Scenario After Scenario Rob is looking over the requirements of his project and he Rob is going to the lab to work on his project. needs to do some programming in MATLab. He needs to find a campus computer to do his work on.JustificationSub-taskScenario Rob has been to the College of Engineering website before. He is a current student so he knows that information he needs and wants it quickly. He goes straight for the “Current Students” menu item. This is the place for students to interact with the college at an administrative and tactile level. There are two kinda of computing resources available to the students/faculty, they are technical support and facility services. Instead of forcing a user to guess the responsibilities of each IT area the navigation was redesigned to be task based. This way the visitor can find what they need and be directed to the correct department without having to make any otherFunctionality current navigation forces the visitors to pick an IT department to interact with. decisions. The The room scheduling area is broken down into two areas, when each room is available and what its capabilities are. Rob is looking for capabilities first then checks the availability. Since all engineering labs are dual purpose, both labs and teaching rooms it is important to not only find the lab needed but also ensure it is available at the time desired. The new navigation allows Rob to do that while the current navigation has this information disconnected forcing visitors to use the back button. * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 9
    • Looking for a research collaborator Compiled Task AnalysisIrene is always on the hunt for great engineering research and has decided to see what is going on at WSU Before Scenario After Scenario Irene is working on her Mechanical Engineering thesis and Irene will e-mail the faculty member(s) to start a larger is looking for faculty across the nation to collaborate with. discussion.ScenarioSub-task Path through current site Path through new siteScenario 1. Homepage 1. Homepage1. Currently doing research on mechanical 2. Faculty 2. Faculty & Staff engineering 3. (Search by mechanical engineering) 3. Faculty Research 2. Check to see what faculty is in the mechanical eng 4. Select a faculty member 4. (Search by mechanical engineering) department 5. Browse their Research 5. Select a faculty member 3. Look at a specific faculty members profile to see 6. (Back to homepage) 6. Browse their Research their research 7. Click “Research” main menu item 7. Click “Research” main menu itemFunctionality all the current mechanical eng 4. Check to see research projects 8. Funded Research Projects 8. Currently Funded Projects5. Check out the progress of an interesting project 9. (Scroll down to mechanical 9. (Filter by mechanical engineering) engineering) 10. (Find interesting project)6. Contact the faculty member to see if they can 10.(View only information) collaborate 11. View Faculty Member’s Profile 11.Has to go back to the faculty list to view their profile and contact info 12. Contact Faculty Member * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 10
    • Looking for a research collaborator Compiled Task AnalysisIrene is always on the hunt for great engineering research and has decided to see what is going on at WSU Before Scenario After Scenario Irene is working on her Mechanical Engineering thesis and Irene will e-mail the faculty member(s) to start a larger is looking for faculty across the nation to collaborate with. discussion.JustificationSub-taskScenario Irene is a hard worker and she knows how to network. For her getting an edge over her other classmates is important. Her approach includes reaching out to faculty at other institutions to get insights into bleeding edge research. She does this a lot and doesn’t have time to waste sifting through every faculty member’s individual profiles. She goes right to the research related to mechanical engineering. The navigation allows for faculty to enter all of their research when then get extracted to a categorized list. This allows a visitor to search by topic or by name. Irene uses the topic based search first. Once she finds the research project that interests her she clicks on the faculty members name toFunctionality bio. see their full From here she can read all about their education, accomplishments and additional research. Each faculty member has a standard profile structure so it is easy for her to scan and find information. She locates their e-mail address and clicks to send them a message to start a larger discussion. The dual format of information allows for great discoverability of each faculty member. The currently navigation and layout make this information disconnected and inconsistent. * inspired by Todd Warfels task analysis grid 11
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