The paragraphs below describe the evolution of the Economics 201 site from the original to the proposed site to the revised sites. Most of the sections include links to the actual sites, however, you may click here to view before and after screen grabs.
Prof. Steven Goldman designed the original site for his course which included links to a class mailing list, newsgroup, notes, syllabus, "ideas", problem sets and contact information. See copy of original site. (Note: This is only for reference; all links are inactive.)
Although the original site provided valuable information, the layout forced users to scroll up and down the page to find links. To improve navigation and maintain consistency, I proposed creating a site-wide menu. The menu prioritized sections and grouped related information, i.e. placing the newsgroup and mailing list under a subscriptions heading. When users were in a particular section of the site, I inserted a black arrow beside the section name on the menu bar. In addition, I proposed adding the following elements:
During our review of the proposed site, Prof. Goldman was pleased with the navigation solution, but cited the following suggestions and concerns:
The first and second recommendations were implemented during our meeting.
After the revisions above were implemented, some minor changes were made to the site:
Over the remainder of the semester, we plan to implement the following:
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For further information on the Economics 201 project, contact Suzanne Ginsburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(this page last updated 11/7/97)