dan lasota's masters in education portfolio for online innovation and design
One of the items in Google Sites that gave me designer hives were the blank pages created as a result of structuring a hierarchical site. Web pages structured in a hierarchy help structure information organization and navigation. The practice of using a parent page to form as a sort of supervisor to its subordinate child pages kind of reminds me of traditional HR org charts. Still, its a good to have nicely crafted URL schema and a nice side bar navigation for users to find material. What comes off poorly though is the empty page created as a result.
On my original class site I had a section for article reviews. Note that that page serves only as a place holder. It’s a waste. It’s a distraction. It will not stand.
Now take a look at my new design for the article review page. I was able to use the excerpt function of WordPress to manually highlight cogent and interesting bits from my writing sample and use that as the teaser text. By default WordPress uses the first 50 words of a page or post as the excerpt. With just a little more work I used the text I wanted for the excerpt and am able to place the focus where I think best. I have also used the same template on my reflective weekly writing page.
Two more items remain before this is ONID portfolio is ready for prime time. I need to enable comments and craft the landing home page. Enabling comments is easy. Doing it the way I want might not be, but I am determined not to get caught in a design/redesign vortex on this. I want a simple working model that provides a discussion platform for cohorts and my instructors. I think this will mostly involve fiddling with CSS. I already have Akisment spam protection in place. I intent to have my landing home page be a dash board of sorts for rest of the site. I’ve done this before too. Ready by tomorrow morning? That’s the plan. That’s my story and we’ll see if I stick to it.