Phase 1: [optimization]
Use current web content to create a central program description with specialization content and links integrated.
- Develop faculty list sortable by specialization(s) and institution(s).
- Migrate to content management system (CMS) and improved website host - WordPress platform is proposed
- web host requirements: MySQL 5x/PHP 5x/subdomain & name-server access
- Note- There are two options for Phase 3. Deciding between Phase 3a or 3b can be delayed until the end of Phase 1. The design approach between 3a and 3b is completely different and selection (of either 3a or 3b) will also impact how parts of Phase 2 are developed.
Phase 2: [informationalization]
Restructure information architecture and convert content to database orientation.
- faculty profile pages (bio, picture, and CV)
- video introductions – film faculty at ESST coordination meeting location(s), edit, and integrate film clips into website
- Featured alumni and thesis examples
Phase 3a: [socialization – option 1]
Phase 3 is focused on integration of social media applications.
- Author/editor accounts – simply interface to back end to facilitate distributed contributions to the website from any/all of the participating universities, eg post curriculum updates, revise program descriptions, update faculty profiles, etc.
- Bibliography database – this enables management of faculty publication and presentation lists on profile pages. Custom tagging scheme enables sort by specialization, institution, and courses.
- Discussion board functionality – alumni groups, student interaction, and enhancement of course curriculum (eg a venue for student interaction based on specialization interest rather than university location
- Email subscription, RSS and Twitter feeds – provides syndication of ESST news, announcements, and notification of discussion board activity.
(or) Phase 3b: [socialization – option 2]
This section is presented as an alternative to Phase 3 (see note above in blue). It is an enhanced version that is more robust, is scalable to accommodate larger numbers of users, and is easier to maintain.
Development of social networking functionality and an expanded user base that includes the capacity to manage alumni and students, as well as faculty user accounts. In addition to the items noted in Phase 3a above, this option would include:
- hierarchical profile page templates (faculty, alumni, and students)
- scaled user account management (to accommodate student accounts)
- DIY web-based profile management (users register and add content)
- Networking via research interest (selective and dynamic clustering)
- Integration with bibliography management
- Integration with discussion board access.