Fermilab education has a fresh new face
The Education Department's new Web site is now easy to navigate and
The Education Office has a fresh new face online, and that face is friendlier than ever.
"We've taken the information we have and made it easier to find," said Education's Spencer Pasero. "We've streamlined the navigation to help people find things they couldn't before."
The old Web site, which dated from the late 1990s,was a hodgepodge of information, Pasero said. "The page evolved out of the need for information quickly," he said.
Education's Liz Quigg, who handled the site's technical side, said that she wanted a site that was fresh, clean and easy to navigate. The site began to take shape in the spring of 2006, with the input of education office members, Marge Bardeen, Susan Dahl, Spencer Pasero and Waylon Meadors, and the indispensable help of Web design company Xeno Media. "Kevin Munday and his team really helped us focus and develop the look we wanted" said Quigg. She added that Laura Mengel of the Computing Division provided technical assistance.
Besides being user friendly, the new site has a crisp feel and is visually striking. The welcome page separates information into topics by user type. A visitor can tab through the topics, visit the constantly updated calendar or use the site's Quick Links.
"There are a lot of different topics on the page, but we don't have a lot of information coming at you at once. The pages allow you to continue to delve," said Quigg. Much of the content comes from databases, hidden from the user.
Among Quigg's concerns with the old site was the inability to search more than one Web site. The Education Office has multiple associated sites, including the QuarkNet Web site. The new site contains a new Google search tool, serendipitously launched simultaneously with the new page design, that allows the user to search multiple sites at once.
"I wanted to have a dynamic page, to have content that looked like it was changing and not static, that took advantage of the new web technologies." said Quigg.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski