Attending: Margaret Riel, Linnea Rademaker, Jennifer Robins, Elena Polush, Alin Vrancila, Miguel Angel
We received a copy of the ARNA survey results and while there was some positive feedback about the quality of the information and resources that were available on the website, there were also a number of people who provided constructive criticism of the website.
We read and discussed each of the comments. In brief they included:
We discussed each comment and the possible reasons for the comments. In some cases the webteam felt that the comments came from people who were in experience a learning curve as they learned to use technology to work collaboratively. They did not understand the advantages of a wikisite and the open development process that is enabled by this approach.
We discussed the options for platforms and costs and decided that Margaret would explore and present the executive committee an estimate of the cost of a managed website. In this discussion, we also talk about looking for new templates or ideas for the display of the website.
The videos and photos from now our second conference would provide a way to move past text to more interactive forms, however there was some concern that videos are rarely watched by any of us and the text is often the may source of information from the page.
Considering the issues over navigation and the feeling of being lost, the group concluded that this might be solved by audience filtering on the first "splash" page so that we could tailor the message to the audience. This would also help solve the overuse of text as we would not be trying to reach everyone with one opening page.
Our solutions from discussion lead to these action items: