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.
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:
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.
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:
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,
course sites to get ideas and include the following information in
Faculty Member's Name and Title
A Brief Description of Research, Teaching and Service Activities
Contact Information (office: e-mail, phone, mailing address and fax)
A List of Significant/Recent Publications (or a link to one)
And Links* to the University, Department and Group
home pages as well as any significant collaborations
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.
The Course Title and Number
Year, Semester and (once assigned) Location
A Brief Course Description
A List of any prerequisites, required books, materials and TAs
The Course Syllabus (or a link to one)
Basic Contact Information and/or links to instructor's and TA's home pages
And Links* to the University and Department home pages
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.