Breakout Sessions: Critique on Classmates Website

— End of week Eleven —

For today’s assignment, we have been tasked to critique our classmates websites, and let them know what we liked or didn’t like about their site. Of course we must be constructive, and I know I personally appreciate criticism since it will help make my site better. I will attach links to their websites, for the Keene State Team and the MCLA Team, so that it is accessible for perusal.

Keene State

The Keene State Team consist of two students, Patrick and Kernan, whom both have shared with us a project that details the Finnish History in Newport. I personally think it is quite fascinating and appreciate the extensive archival work they have both done. They have both done projects with COPLAC before, so I definitely think that this has given them an edge to the project in which they can apply their experience to make this project successful.

  • Website Design
    • I really like the overall presentation that is given within their website. It is a clean, get to the point kind of site, and I especially appreciate the “next page” buttons at the bottom of each individual page. It can really come in handy when doing presentation overall, and enables an easier accessibility to the website’s content.
  • Photographs
    • I love the page and subpages that are specifically dedicated to pictures. Although I think a gallery version of this feature using FooBox will make it less cluttered, I do think that the extensive amount of photographs helps illustrate the projects importance overall.
  • Material
    • Each page within itself has a lot of information, maps, and interactive material. I am interested in viewing the curriculum for the classroom, since I believe this will be an incredible tool for future students to use!

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The MCLA Team consists of two students, Kaitlyn and Sussanah, whom both have shared with us a project that details the Irish in the Massachusetts area. I really admire their hard work and dedication to this project, especially since they started school at a later date than I did, and did not physically meet one another until September if I remember correctly. Nevertheless, they have produced quite the project for first time COPLAC students as myself!

  • Website Design
    • Overall the site itself is pretty nice; although I do think they have a little too many main pages, and make the header section appear somewhat cluttered. I think it would best help if they provided subpages for the main pages, and created drop down boxes to fix the cluttered header. The home page is also their about authors page, which I think should be changed to a brief summary of the project instead.
  • Photographs
    • I personally love the detailed descriptions and information that is provided for the photographs because it helps people such as myself who have no knowledge of the Irish understand its significance.
  • Material
    • Overall, the material that is presented is incredibly well put together, and I can’t wait to see what else they provide.

I really love seeing collaboration being done so effortlessly, or at least that is what it appears to me as an observer! Both teams have been working so hard and I wish them the best in their endeavours.

Until next time, Maria.

Please feel free to take a look at the digital COPLAC contract, which I have taken the time to perfect it from its initial form and includes a formal research proposal as well.

Here you will find my working thesis: “The Native American group known as the Wichita Indians suffered through immense forced migration during the 19th and 20th century due to Anglo – American influences in Northern Texas; hence the lack of current representation in places such as Wichita Falls, Texas.”

Until next time, Maria.

Link to MWSU Project Site.


COPLAC Contract.

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