You, sir, name? wrote:It really isn't that hard to design a web site that caters to everyone. You make one site for prospective students where you put all the advertisement nonsense, one for students, and one for employees. You make it easy to find these three branches from the main page. Not more than one click. And make damn sure to keep them separate. Don't put advertisement crud and stock photos in the student pages. Don't put information about where this year's faculty x-mas dinner is in the advertisement pages. Don't put class schedules among the employee pages.
Union Of V wrote:If only my future University had even a carefully hidden page that I could bookmark, but in their infinite wisdom they've decided to have a separate portal for each Department, Faculty and Course, and spread the info throughout them! Gah!
And if there is a site map, I haven't found it yet, and neither have the dozens of posters who fill the forums with "Where is X" threads...
The problem with the "Portal" concept is you have to classify yourself. Sometimes if you are looking for general information, like a campus map or the phone number for security, you have to guess if the web-developer decided staff, students or prospective students would be interested in that information. Before I complained, the Canada Post
website had all of that common information duplicated in the "Personal", "Business"
and "about us"
pages. I had no idea where to go to find a Postal Code. They still don't use Automatic Content negotiation
to decide if you want English or French
In my experience, the University of Alberta
website is pretty good, while the NAIT
drixoman wrote:Further complain from me...this time about course registration:
I find it VERY annoying that I can't waitlist for multiple section of the same course/lab, whether if you're registered in one or on the waitlist for one...why can't they just swap my seat when that other one is available? So every time I have to risk not getting into the whole course because I have to manually drop my seat in the section or the waitlist and manually move myself to the other one, hoping no one beat me to it...
If you have any Computing background at all, you are supposed to write a script to do it for you, or so I have heard. As I said, the UofA was pretty good 10 years ago.