The end of the semester is upon us, and this will be my final update to the class website. (Please try to hold your applause until you finish reading this post.) At this point, you should be conducting usability tests of the current draft of your site and sharing the results of your tests with your teammates.
Our last few class sessions will be structured to help you put the finishing touches on your site. Here’s how we’ll spend our time:
- On Monday, I will hold team conferences with each team, so please be prepared to show me a complete draft of your site and the compiled, analyzed results of your usability tests. The rest of class will be dedicated workshop time for your team to make progress on Unit #3. (Plan wisely in order to use this time well!) I will be available to answer brief, specific questions related to your client project, but I won’t be able to spend a lot of time with each team during class, so if you need serious technical help with your site, please come see me on Monday during office hours (8:00-11:00 a.m.).
- On Wednesday, we will briefly review the remainder of The Elements of Content Strategy, so please read pages 38–74 before you come to class. Afterwards, we will conduct a structured peer critique of your client project websites. Please come to class with a full, revised draft of your site that you can demonstrate for your classmates on one of the lab computers.
- Your client project is due on Monday, December 17, at 10:05 a.m. For our final, we will meet in our regular classroom, where each of you will give us a tour of your website and briefly discuss the challenges you faced as you worked on the project. Each team should plan to present for approximately 10 minutes, and all members of your team should participate in the presentation. (The presentation itself will be not be graded, but think of this as an opportunity to justify the grade you want on Unit #3.) Before you come to the final, your finished site should be live on the web and your supporting files should be shared with me via Dropbox. When you come to the final, please bring your team’s memo of transmittal and your individually completed “team evaluation form,” which I will distribute in class during Week 15.
As always, if you have any questions about these items, please email me or come see me during my office hours. I’ll try to be in my office as much as I can for the next week, so let me know if you need to come by during a time other than my “official” office hours. Good luck wrapping things up!