Evaluation from peers

Received after I asked for some feedback on my web page.

Hi Matt,

Had a quick look at your great website and I am very impressed, but I will need to have a more detailed look in the next few days.

One thing I have noticed is that your link to stakeholder support is for the existing programme. Would stakeholders think that your proposed changes would improve student learning? How do you know? I don’t need letters of support, just a reflection from you that shows you have thought about it, and maybe talked to a few people about it, especially some students.

I’ll get back to you asap – but it looks as though you have addressed most of the requirements of assessments 3 and 4.

Cheers, Terry


hello Matt

good on you trying out a web page. For the work involved do you see advantages in using the website over your blog?

I see you have asked for feedback on your website. I see Matt that while I prefer a pale, clear design, you are obviously a fan of a dark background and bright colours. Whatever you decide on, the ultimate goal is to please the target audience and make it easy for them to navigate and read as well as interesting and presented in a way which captures their attention. There has been quite a lot written about web design and best practice and there are some good books in the library on this.

You might like to check out the web style guide at: http://webstyleguide.com/page/hierarchy.html

this outfit also mention a preference for subtle colours:
“Subtle pastel shades of colors typically found in nature make the best choices for background or minor elements. Avoid bold, highly saturated primary colors except in regions of maximum emphasis, and even there use them cautiously. ”

Also see general design considerations at: http://webstyleguide.com/page/general.html

What I have found useful when deciding on web design is to look at a few websites and evaluate the features I like or don’t like. That way you can establish a checklist about the design features such as: interface, navigation, clarity, readability, ease of understanding, etc.

It is important to have consistent styles as too many colours and different fonts can distract when what you want to do is attract the readers eye to the elements on the site.

Some examples of what I regard as best practice design:
http://marica.ako.net.nz/ – clean looking, eye drawn to graphics and text. good use of fonts to gain attention and wide range of media.
http://www.ewenger.com/ – some use of bright colours to gain attention, overall clean and easy to read, good use of text ‘chunking’.
http://lits.ilamsunset.com/ – busier, but still clean, good use of graphics, use of italics draws the eye but sometimes if too much it detracts.
http://www.downes.ca/ – a bit of scrolling and this works here. really like the layout of this one.

I have a feedback sheet I use to evaluate online materials on Blackboard which yoo may find useful. I will make it available to the class.


Hi Matt

Very impressive. Is this your final plan the one that we are meant to see. One of our final assignments? It looks like you have put a lot of work into it and thought it out. What you need to do, who you need to ask, moderation and timeline as well as the cost of everything.


Lyn Blair


Community Learning Centre

Forth Street


Phone: (03) 479 6987

Fax:      (03) 479 6988


One Response to “Evaluation”

  1. Hi Matt,

    I posted a response to your evaluation plan here: http://flexiblelearningrach.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/response-to-matt-thomsons-evaluation/
    and on Bb. I hope it’s helpful.

    cheers, rachel

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