Project Update: Website Enhancement
An Interview with Mary Zorn
This month’s newsletter is all about the MCC website. Action Project #9 is Website Enhancement. Here is what Project Team Leader Mary Zorn had to say in response to our questions:
What is the name of your project?
What progress has been made so far?
What have you learned about MCC in the process of doing the project?
What unexpected results or opportunities have appeared since work began on this project?
A…QuIP of the Month:
“One of the Internet’s strengths is its ability to help consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data.” ~Jared Sandberg
"Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, "memex" will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory." ~ Vannevar Bush, As We May Think (link), 1945
An Interview with Terri Eades, WebmasterBy Jo Ann Kruglet
Since we are highlighting the AQIP project, “Website Enhancement” this month, I was interested in a conversation with our new Webmaster, Terri Eades. (Readers might recall that a piece of this project included the hiring of a full-time Webmaster.)
Tell me a little about your educational background and work experience, Terri.
“I received a BA from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in computer art. I also have a Certificate in Digital Media Production from Leeward Community College in Hawaii. I did freelance website design for 11 years and then worked at Viaero as their web designer for a little over a year. I started working at MCC in October, 2008.” See Terri’s personal website at: http://terrieades.com/
Since website design seems to be a priority AQIP project for us, what is the status of our new website?
“Well, first of all, I would like to let everyone know what work has been done on our existing site. Working closely with my supervisor, Mary Zorn, I updated information and deleted any incorrect statements to make sure that everything on the pages was accurate. I also upgraded several usability features.
Of course, the new website is much more exciting and challenging for me. We had some technology issues with the server up until two weeks ago, but those have been corrected with the help of a consultant. As of today, the new design is done, and I continue to work on the site customizing content management; inputting content; refining the new design; making sure that the infrastructure is solid.”
What is the proposed “live” date for the new site?
“The tentative date is early summer, 2009; however, if any staff member is interested in a preview, I can do that for them.”
How do you see MCC’s website as part of AQIP?
“It is a vital marketing tool. It will improve the quality of our institution by giving support and information to students. I see it as an extension of student services, here to support current students as well as recruiting new students. Right now, our site has good information, but it doesn’t sell. It needs to be engaging, interactive. People should come to our site and get an idea of who we are. Students want to be able to fill out forms, get around easily and quickly and be user-friendly.”
What have you learned about MCC and AQIP since your arrival?
“I have learned that it takes a village to do a website. Balancing the input of faculty, students, and staff is important. The website must be easy for faculty to update themselves. It requires a team effort for a quality website.”
How will you incorporate quality improvement (AQIP) into your job and the website itself?
“By keeping up with web culture, faculty input, listening to students, working closely with the Integrated Marketing Committee, and my own research.”
As a last question, what work do you plan to do on the Intranet?
“It will be consistent with the new website design. More information will be added, and I hope to organize the format even more.”