The Polaris team is now deep into discussions about information architecture (IA) for both psu.edu and live.psu.edu.
We have been considering a multitude of suggestions and opinions to inform what will end up being the final IA for both sites. The Engagement Team has been collating input from the psu.edu audience through this blog, our email@example.com email address, Information Sessions at Foster Auditorium, and social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Yammer. The Research Team has been conducting benchmarking studies on universities with best-in-class web presences. This team has also conducted concentrated usability studies about changes that have been made to psu.edu in the past few months and areas where both sites still need improvement, and these studies have informed our iteration decisions. The Assessment & Analytics Team has been mining web analytics. And the Content, Creative and News teams have been proposing amazing suggestions based on best practices and trends in content strategy, web design and development, and news aggregation.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more bleary-eyed, over-caffeinated and dedicated group of volunteers passionate about saying what makes Penn State the best university at which to study, for which to work, or with which to collaborate.
As a reminder, we are currently accepting input to help improve the Penn State web presence. Feel free to visit our online survey at psu-redesign.questionpro.com to provide us with your input. It will only take about two minutes of your time.