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Archive for March, 2008

Making the Students page more useful

Let’s face it, our current “Students” page leaves a little to be desired. Lots of useful links. No real dynamic content. How would you beef it up to make it more useful? One suggestion we heard last week was to list upcoming events and deadlines that are relevant to students. What else? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts.

Welcome to the web site replacement blog

Hi folks. Welcome to the law school’s web site replacement blog. I’m Michael Bazeley, and I work in Communications and Marketing here at Boalt as the editorial director of electronic media. We have officially begun the process of replacing our current web site with something more useful, informative and, we hope, visually appealing. We’ll use this blog to share progress reports and to solicit ideas and feedback.

A little background on the project, which is being managed by the Communications team and the Instructional Support and Technology (IS&T) team. I’m not calling it a “redesign” because it’s more involved than that. We are ripping out the back end of the site and replacing it with a new content management system (CMS) that will make it easier to keep the site updated with fresh content. At the same time, we have partnered with Oakland web development firm White Whale Web Services to create a new site structure and design. With luck, the White Whale team will pop in here on the blog every once in a while to tell us what they’re up to.

At a meeting last week with some students and the web team, a student asked White Whale whether they’ll be working on this project “over the next year.” On the contrary, this will be a fast-moving, months-long process. Though we are not yet ready to share a “launch date,” you’ll definitely see a new web site well before the end of the calendar year.

Some quick ground rules about this blog. Although we welcome all comments, positive and negative, please keep them constructive and civil. Also, when commenting, please mention whether you are a student (current or prospective), staff or faculty member, or alum.

In the next post, I’ll direct a question to students about how they use the site. Please chime in with your comments there.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to your involvement as we create the new site.

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