Continued work to develop UnivPort website

Here is a calendar of our end of year 2009-10 work to finish reports to NWCCU and discussion around data and representations to get the website developed.

—— Forwarded Message
From: Nils Peterson
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:20:35 -0700
To: Corinna Lo , Gary Brown , Joshua Yeidel , Peg Collins
, Jayme Jacobson
Conversation: Ratings Page on UP/2009-2010
Subject: Re: Ratings Page on UP/2009-2010

Corinna, Its helpful to understand your intention. It seems to me that this may also be a discussion about summative vs formative. That is, ready comparison could encourage programs to find where they are in the community, to quickly find programs that performed higher on a given dimension, etc. The current implementation that makes comparison difficult makes it feel to me like our intention is summative.

On 10/13/10 9:16 PM, “Corinna Lo” wrote:

I think technically it would be possible in Mathematica.  My concern initially when I made the chart is that checkboxes are too inviting for comparison… For this particular use case, people will naturally be drawn to compare between programs across colleges.  This is what made me created the chart in dropdown menu instead.  I can envision other use cases, such as comparing program’s target and direct assessment of student work.  Then checkbox will be a good option to have.

– corinna

On 10/13/10 8:27 PM, “Brown, Gary” wrote:

I like the one with small charts to the right. It works fine. I also will think about trimming the prose.  I imagine, however, we will be asked to provide the check box comparisons we had in the Google docs approach.  Will this be possible to do with Mathmatica?

From: Yeidel, Joshua
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:32 PM
To: Lo, Corinna; Collins, Peggy; Peterson, Nils; Brown, Gary; Jacobson, Jayme K
Subject: Ratings Page on UP/2009-2010

I was dissatisfied with the layout of the Ratings page because the copy is so long it pushed the charts “below the fold”, as they say in the newspaper business.

I put together a test page called Ratings1 (not published, available only by logging in):

The College chart on this page comes from a test Mathematica page I made based on Corinna’s chart page, but somewhat smaller.  [I didn’t bother with the other charts until I get some feedback on this.]  I don’t think the chart can’t be much smaller because the dropdown has to fit the full name of CAHNRS.

If you look at this in a 1024×768 window, the copy column is narrow, but not unbearably so, IMO.  In wider windows, it works fine.

What do you think?

— Joshua

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