Trends in Ed, 5.17.10: Mobilizing the Higer Ed Web

Submitted by Arianna Choi on Mon, 05/17/2010 - 2:50pm.
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.EduGru has design suggestions for the higher ed institutions that have not yet mobilized their web presence. It's a response to the growing trend of higher ed institutions launching m0bile applications. This edu gru expects the demand to grow exponentially.

Here goes the excerpt:

  1. Having a mobile site isn’t just about making your current site look pretty on mobile phones. Usability is different. Accessibility is different. Trends are different.
  2. Mobile web is about more than the iPhone.
  3. Sites are better than apps. A well designed mobile web site will serve you better and be easier to maintain than trying to keep up with several different mobile applications (even if the apps themselves are really cool).
  4. Set goals. Once you’ve done that, begin looking at the problems introduced by a mobile platform, and then set new goals to fix them. Never stop setting goals.
  5. Don’t be afraid to compromise.
  6. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Your mobile site might end up looking like someone else’s, and that’s okay.
  7. Measure and adjust. Feed it, groom it, and take care of it. If you stop measuring and adjusting, you are not doing your job.

In light of discussing higher ed web presence, I present below sample episode hosted by Nick DeNardis of EduCheckUp. He has reviewed over hundred higher ed websites. (I'm imagining that perhaps his format and style could guide the future of EdLab Review series)

The most recent review on Middlebury College (A+):

Another review as an example with lower grades:
Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College (B-)
Columbia University Law School (C)