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Voyage of the Beagle: Biology, Evolution, and Content Strategy


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“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” ― Charles Darwin.

Despite being creatures made of pixels, codes, and thought, websites are living entities that follow principles similar to the evolutionary principles that predict how life changes and adapts. Using concepts from biology and the natural sciences, we'll look at the evolution of the University of Florida Health web presence, a three year process that eventually affected over 500 academic sites, six hospitals, hundreds of medical clinics, and eventually an entire university redesign. You're not going to need a lab coat or safety goggles as Stevens investigates how many finches are needed to make a decent digital birdhouse, genetic engineering (how to take learned principles and splice them into new projects), order and understanding through taxonomy, or punctuated equilibrium (and how to affect what comes next).

Presented at the 2014 Higher Education Web Professionals Conference in Portland, Oregon and at the 2014 Confab Higher Education in Atlanta, GA.

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