End of Semester Reflection
When I inherited rowanwritingarts.weebly.com it already had a format to follow. My first job was to continue transferring course information from the old website to this new one. During this data transfer I had many other duties:
In the beginning of the semester, I went through the website and finalized all the existing pages, but at some point in the middle of the semester, Dr. Kopp and I discovered that many course pages had nothing on them. I went back through a second time to re-finalize the courses. When Dr. Kopp reviewed the once blank pages, he was concerned with continuity. As it was, John's pages had one format and mine had a different one altogether. Instead of changing John's format, I honored his style as the intern that began the new weebly, and changed the format I had designed. Though I liked my design better, I realize I don't get the final say -- I get a "collaborative say" between Dr. Kopp, and all preceding and succeeding interns.
Writing Arts Alumni page
At the start of the semester, we got in contact with Amanda Kuster, a student worker with the Department of Writing Arts. She compiled a list of Rowan Alumni & was working to contact them and get permission to feature their work.
Amanda got 5 people to agree to let us feature her work, and I added 4 to that list, so the total stands at 9 people.
I took information from these alumni members' LinkedIn and Facebook profiles.
I set up each entry in a way that reads easily, and looks nice:
I decided to build the entries this way so they were short and sweet, yet interactive and aesthetically pleasing.
The first decision I made was to list everyone FirstName LastName, but in alphabetical order by last name. For me, doing so makes this a list of alumni, not a list of entries. In other words, I think formatting the names like these leaves each persons' humanity intact.
Next, I decided to mimic the course pages by having a screenshot on the left, and text on the right. They are of each alumnus' personal sites, or web published documents, and are linked to whatever I took a screenshot of. The screenshots also work to break up the starkness of black text on white background. Doing so, also, gave the website another level of continuity.
The first piece of personal information I listed in each alumnus' entry, was the year each graduated and with what degree. If enrolled in any other programs, I listed those as well and anticipated graduation years. I decided against including when each started because I thought it would be too distracting to current or prospective students. Students are too often concerned with how long it takes to graduate, and not why it took that long, and I wasn't about to divulge personal information about the struggles any alumnus faced. Additionally, I didn't want to scare away prospective students. Including just the year serves the purpose of putting each alumnus' employment history into perspective -- because they know how long each has been out of Rowan.
For employment history, I formatted each bullet according to the following formula: Company of Location as Position. This was the simplest way to ensure all the bullets in everyone's entries matched. For everyone, except Joseph Carlough, I was able to build these bullets from LinkedIn accounts. For Joe, we had an email conversation and he provided me with all the necessary information.
The last information I included, was hyperlinks to the various pages the the alumni promote themselves on, so current and prospective students have a good idea of what others with the same degree are doing.
After completing their entries, I emailed the alumni, and they were all thrilled. I shared the page with Dr. Tweedie, and he and Dr. Kopp brought it up at a faculty meeting where my work was applauded, and coveted by the department. They want to include what I've done on rowan.edu. I am more than thrilled.
Core Values page
All the videos so far have designated places on the website, and all the pictures on the website are place holders for new videos. In November and December, Seth and I worked on the Core Values (CV) video. I took the initiative to suggest and build the CV page because we'd have nowhere to put the videos after finishing them.
Here's the set up:
After seeing the page for the first time, Dr. Kopp thought I shouldn't distinguish the FYWP Core Values and the WA Core Values because it's confusing. He said to move a link for the FYWP CV to the bottom of the page, and link the button in the header to the WA Core Values.
Next semester, as we continue to work with the core values videos, I'll continue working with this page, but for now it will stay as it is.
Core Value(s) Video(s)
Next Semester: Writing Center Video Revision
As a Writing Center tutor, I want this video to be revised this semester, and regularly for years to come. RUWC is constantly changing, and because it's staffed by students the tutors are constantly coming and going. The interviews we have are of tutors who have left RUWC. The other issue, is that the Writing Center may be coming under new management, so I want the faces in the video to be the faces you'd see if you visited the Writing Center.
I've already shared the Writing Center video with the current Writing Center tutors, and they've offered suggestions. Working with the staff will ensure that the new video will reflect what RUWC has to offer. I am personally invested in producing the best video possible to publicize everything the Writing Center has to offer.
Next Semester: Writing Arts Graduate Program Alumni Page
While at the Holiday party with Dr. Kopp and company, Dr. Kopp introduced me to everyone in the Writing Arts Department as the intern that made the alumni page, and they all responded positively to that. Dr. Ron Block was the only one to even mention the possibility of an alumni page for WA Graduate program alumni, and I like the idea. Though Bria will be the lead on the website next year, I will continue to maintain rowanwritingarts.weebly.com until her site goes live.
Coming into the internship, I thought I wouldn't have enough to get anything done. I changed my availability at my jobs, to give myself more time for the internship. Knowing that I have terrible time management, I feared that getting in my way too.
Coming out of the internship, I feel more than prepared to do what I need to do, and to guide Dean and Bria.