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One month, eighty posts

posted Nov 1, 2010, 7:59 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Nov 1, 2010, 8:46 PM by Joshua Lau ]
Today's development update looks at - this website, Intranet Watch! Over the last 33 days, Watch has been serving up notices from all parts of the intranet to make it as easy as possible for you to stay informed of all the new and relevant content available to members of the school community. Today we'll be looking at some of the changes that the intranet development team has made to the site since launch.

Updated navigation

Recently, we added icon shortcuts to the various sections of Intranet Central to the front page of Watch. This occured in response to the re-design of Central, which introduced a new and easier-to-navigate structure.

Now, intranet users can access the daysheets, newsletters, curriculum review, documents, photos, times & dates, uniform shop, students section or intranet help in one click from the Watch home page.

More specific and frequent notices

When Watch first began, we published "New Content" posts that summarised the any newly-uploaded or updated materials on the intranet (e.g. New content: Mon, 18 Oct 2010). However we have ceased from providing these summary posts in favour of posting every time new content is made available. There are two reasons for this:
  • Firstly, rather than waiting for the end of a day, people are informed of new content immediately, allowing them to access it faster (which is especially important for time-critical content such as assessment notices).
  • Secondly, this makes it easier for subscribers on Facebook and Twitter to know when content is related to them. Previously, users had to click through and read the actual post to see if anything interested them; now, as soon as they read the headline of a new post, they will know if it is relevant to them.

More news at a glance

At launch, our front page showed the most recent four posts. However, as indicated in the previous item, the number of notices being published each day dramatically increased - meaning that relevant news often vanished from view soon after they were posted. Now, more than 15 of the most recent news items are viewable from the front page - which is typically about a week's worth of content.

Integration into Intranet Central

Lastly, the establishment of Intranet Watch led to the retirement of the old Intranet Central news feed. Many people still visited Central expecting to see updates however, and so we integrated the updates feed from Intranet Watch into the Central front page.

The future of Intranet Watch

We hope the changes listed above have led to a better user experience for you on Intranet Watch. Do you have any suggestions for how we can further improve the service? Email the team and let us know!