We’ve tried to assemble a range of examples from college websites that exemplify some options that Middlebury might emulate. Please provide additional examples in the comments if you see any that speak to you, or have comments on these sites that we used to present to staff on Dec. 16:
– Oberlin has recently redesigned its site into a highly dynamic & multimedia system. Particularly noteworthy is their group blogging site, encouraging students, staff and faculty to participate in a multifaceted conversation.
– Gettysburg has a good example of how a personalized bookmarking system might work – you can create a profile (if you don’t have a Gettysburg email, you can register as a prospective student), and then bookmark any page you might find to save in your profile. Also check out their strong use of embedded video.
– Bates has an embedded audio site that is simple and effective.
– Amherst‘s site (which is built on Drupal, an open source system we’re actively considering) effectively integrates information from its registration system (comparable to Banner) into a range of sites. For instance, a faculty page automatically feeds what courses they are teaching from their schedule, and links to individual courses (which, if registered in the course, includes access to course rosters, eReserves, announcements, etc.). Such an integrated system of sharing data from various platforms is a definite goal of Middlebury’s makeover.
– Colby has an extensive list of wikis, which range from administrative functions to student initiatives to course projects. While Middlebury does have a wiki platform, it could be much more active and integrated into the core web functions.
Please share your thoughts on these sites as well as links to others in the comments.
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