So, What Would You Do With 45 Sixteen Year Olds? [A2]


We are one of those rare web teams based in the IT Section who have an excellent relationship with our External Relations Section. Whilst there are obvious ways in which the two sections need to work together on a day to day basis, for publications, marketing, etc, this session will explore the less common collaboration our web unit has developed with the Widening Participation office. We will investigate the ways in which web-based resources can be used to develop and support WP initiatives and how these could be transferred to other areas within the Institution. We will also explore how we can utilise the wide variety of pre-university students our institution already has access to for user needs analysis.

Learning Objectives:

This session will use case study examples, including our experiences teaching students on residential summer school courses at the University. By the end of the session participants will have:

  • explored the benefits of usability testing and user evaluation to an institution
  • discussed how they can create collaborations with other areas in their own institution
  • explored ways in which the web can be used to facilitate collaborations and social networking for staff and potential students
  • explored the advantages to be gained from fostering a community for students just entering the HE process