35 hours were offered to overhaul and streamline the learning and teaching section of the University of Winchester portal in January 2009, taking a muddled and visually uninspiring set of pages, and making them usable and functional, within the University portal structure.
I have since been employed for a few hours a month to maintain the site, adding further developments as appropriate, and continuing to improve the general structure in response to feedback. Whilst the main emphasis has so far been on providing solid and usable content, we’re currently working on a strategy to develop sections of the site to take advantage of Web 2.0 technology (within the limitations of the current portal structure), to provide a truly engaging experience.
The learning pages on the Portal are looking like a breath of fresh air has been blown into them and the feedback so far has been very positive both in terms of functionality and looks. We (in the Learning and Teaching Development Unit) are very pleased with its new look and intuitive layout.
Yaz El-Hakim, March 2009
Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Winchester