DRAFT chair/common/Web stuff/PhysWebGuide.htm

(As of 5/3/00)

Guidelines for pages on the Physics Site:

The following guidelines are designed to help facilitate navigation through our departmental site, while encouraging creativity and diversity among the various group and individual pages. The general idea is to make it easier for everyone who visits the site to learn about who we are and what we do. Most of the group, center and individual Web pages already do an excellent job of highlighting our programs and people. However, it is often difficult to find the specific pages one needs. Therefore, we are offering the following plan to improve the organization of our site, provide links and help visitors to easily locate needed information.
  1. The Physics home page menus and 2nd level directories are being redesigned to offer a more logical grouping of pages. A site map and a search engine will be added to the department's site and we are making a concerted effort to bring the general information pages up-to-date; and establish ongoing processes to maintain them.

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  3. Most research groups and centers already have excellent pages set up, and have designated one individual who is responsible for maintaining their home page. In the future, this person will be asked to participate in departmental "Webmaster meetings" once a semester and to offer advice and information to help improve the departmental Web-presence as a whole. Groups that are still developing their home pages should visit the other, excellent group sites and include the following information in their own:
  4. Most faculty members have at least a basic individual Web page. (If you have one please forward the current address/URL to the Chair's office, so that we may provide a link to it from the department's main site.) Potential students, faculty, funding agencies and donors increasingly use these pages to get information about specific faculty and their work. Many faculty have simply published their current CVs on the Web. Others include more in-depth and unique information about their work and activities. This is also strongly encouraged, as it helps to convey the character and diversity of the department. For those faculty who have yet to set up a Web page for themselves, the department is preparing templates and hiring students to teach faculty (over the summer) how to create and maintain their own sites. Individuals who are developing their own home pages should visit the other, excellent faculty sites and include the following information in their own:
  5. Many faculty have created useful course Web pages. A basic course Web page is required by the University for every class. For those faculty who have yet to set up a Web page for their classes, the department is preparing templates and hiring students to teach faculty (over the summer) how to create and maintain course sites. Instructors should visit the other, physics course sites to get ideas and include the following information in their own:
Many faculty choose to publish much more information about their course on the Web. This is strongly encouraged, as is using the Web as medium to enhance instruction. If you have questions about how to do this please visit the Technology Enhanced Learning Web site.

LINKS*
At the bottom of each page on the Physics site please include the University of Maryland seal (linked to www.umd.edu) and the words: "Physics Home" (linked to www.physics.umd.edu). The department and college also encourage use of their seals as elements and links within group, course and individual Web pages.

If you have questions regarding these guidelines please contact the Department Chair's Office.
This page was last updated on May 3, 2000.