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Archive for June, 2008



Do you use the BBB?

One of the byproducts of our web site redesign is that we are pondering the future of the BBB (Boalt Bulletin Board). The BBB has been around for a long time, in various forms, and it’s time to understand exactly how people use it and what purpose it’s serving. Please take moment to answer the following questions and add any other comments that are appropriate.

1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?

2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?

3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?

4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

Please leave your comments below. Thanks!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that under one scenario the BBB could become a regularly updated (nearly daily) online publication, not unlike a blog, instead of being published weekly. That way, the information can be more current. What do folks think of that?

UPDATE2: I’m hearing a surprising number of people – here and via email – say they like the paper version because it’s more convenient.

Quick links for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff members, we want your feedback on an important new feature we’ll be adding to the web site. At the top of the home page of our new web site will be tabs for students, faculty/staff and prospective employers. When a user clicks on a tab, a little box will pop down with a list of quick links. The goal here is to get people to the pages of the web site they need quickly and with the fewest clicks possible. (Note: We’ll also use this space for important reminders or announcements.) Click on the image below to enlarge it so you can see what we’re talking about.

Here’s where we need your help. Which quick links would be the most useful for faculty and staff in that box? What parts of the web site do you go to most often? We’ve created our own placeholder list. How closely does it match the list you’d create? This little quick-links box is your space. Be thoughtful, and leave your suggestions below.

A couple of points to note: As you can see, space is at a premium. We probably can’t add a greater number of links than shown below. Also, majority rules here. Ultimately, that small piece of web real estate needs to serve the most faculty and staff as possible. But all comments and suggestions are welcome.

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Quick links for students

It’s been a while since we posted anything. Apologies. We’ve been busy cranking away on the new site.

Today, we want your feedback on a neat new feature we’ll be adding to the web site. At the top of the home page will be tabs for students, faculty and prospective employers. When a user clicks on a tab, a little box will pop down with a list of quick links. The goal here is to get people to the pages of the web site they need as quickly as possible, with the fewest clicks possible. (Note: We’ll also use this space for important reminders or announcements.) Click on the image below to enlarge it so you can see what we’re talking about.

Here’s where we need your help. Which quick links would be the most useful for students in that box? We’ve created our own list, based on chats with students and what we know about where people go on the site. How closely does it match the list you’d create? Leave your comments below.

Majority rules here. Ultimately, that small piece of web real estate needs to serve the most students as possible. But all comments and suggestions are welcome.

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