Planning and workflow

Setting up a uos website requires you to do some planning and to consider the maintenance tasks your site will require. The mechanics of site creation, activation and site renewal also involve your input and you will need a working knowledge of SEAMS to create websites and perform some other tasks.

Whatever level of complexity you intend to include in your website, it is strongly advised that you take some time to plan. Consider the scenarios below:

My website provides only supplemental information

  • How will you set out the information and add to it as the session progresses?
  • Have you checked the student view to see how the website navigation looks/works?
  • Will you be assessing the students' response to your website?

My website utilises some more complex functionality offered by the LMS

  • How will the types of activities and tools you include promote achievement of your learning outcomes?
  • How will you manage the time required to maintain the website over the session period?
  • Have you allowed the necessary time to moderate discussion boards, wikis, blogs....?
  • How much formative vs. summative assessment does your website include e.g. tests, assignments, graded discussion boards or blogs or wikis?
  • Have you organised the Grade Centre and checked what students can see in the My Grades tool?
  • How will you measure student satisfaction with your learning activities so you can improve your website in future iterations?

My website caters for a fully online unit of study

  • How will you provide orientation to your website structure and navigation?
  • How will students contact you?
  • How will you provide support for their learning?
  • Are you using the Performance dashboard or the Retention Centre track their engagement?
  • What assessment tasks will you include and how will you link your assessment tasks to your learning objectives?
  • How will you measure student satisfaction with your learning activities so you can improve your website in future iterations?
Sustainability

SEAMS offers you the opportunity of using the content and format of an existing site to create a new version for a subsequent session. One benefit of careful planning and management is that you can use this recycling capability of SEAMS more effectively.

Any site for which you are the primary designer or instructor can be duplicated as the basis for a future site when you make a site request in SEAMS. If your site has been well planned and maintained, it will be much easier to update the new version.