So the Wes homepage (including “About, Academics, Campus Life, Alumni, Parents, and Offices & Services pages”) got a major makeover. It launched today, and it looks . . . different.
Some semi-coherent observations from the ACB:
I appreciate the efforts to revamp the website, and totally respect the amount of time and work that went into making the changes, but those “Are you Wesleyan?” “surprise-ending” questions…yeah….pretty effin hysterical.
Worse is the front page, where it says “the liberal arts university” (with “the” in italics) next to a picture of kids in a science class laughing and using the latex safety gloves like balloons.
It might as well say “don’t respect us” (with “don’t” in italics)
If you haven’t heard yet, the Wesleyan website is getting a redesign, and they’re looking to get lots of feedback from students. In addition to meeting with a student focus group (which I am part of), they’ve set up a blog where you can comment on the old site and where they’ll put updates and other things.
As far as the actual update goes, the homepage will come first, with the understanding that the rest of the site will need to follow. Some of the main things we discussed when the focus group met were the search engine, overall site organization, and the need for maintaining cohesive and updated sub-pages. If you have comments on those or other issues specifically please go comment on the redesign blog and not here so that the people who need to be reading your comments actually can.
The Wes homepage is being redesigned – join the WSA focus group to get involved in the process:
A collaborative effort between University Communications and the New Media Lab in ITS is currently underway to realize a new web presence for Wesleyan, including making changes to Wesleyan’s core website design and content.
In effort to maximize the inclusion of student voices in this process, the WSA is forming a focus group of diverse representatives from the student body to provide feedback as well as new ideas. The focus group will meet approximately once monthly for the rest of the fall semester and the entire spring semester to view and provide comment on work in progress.
If you are interested in serving as a member of this focus group, please apply with the following information no later than MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 11:59PM to email@example.com:
- Your name and class year
- Your extracurriculars (sports, theater, publications, etc.)
- Your on-campus place of residence
- Your reasons for wanting to serve on the focus group
- An example of something on the current Wesleyan homepage that you think “doesn’t work” and why
The Wesleyan Student Assembly
Organization and External Affairs Committee
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