About Deakin

Deakin's new website

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Our new public website was launched on Saturday July 14th. The visual design has been refreshed, and a number of navigation and layout changes were also made.

 

Your questions answered

1.  Areas of study

We've introduced a new area on our homepage that highlights the major areas of study at Deakin. From Architecture to Sport, Communications and Media to Psychology, all our courses are listed for you.

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2.  Discover the new course finder

Search for or just browse courses for local or international students, and check out our postgraduate, undergraduate or distance courses. The new homepage course finder gives you complete access to information about every course that Deakin offers.

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3.  We’re mobile-friendly!

Our new site works well on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets (e.g. iPads). The site includes older non-mobile site content for some months yet. Stay tuned as we work through 'mobifying' the rest of our site. We'll be making it better day by day - and please do let us know what you think.

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4.  Services and Facilities

The new website groups all Deakin services and facilities into one area. Rather than having to know (or guess) which Deakin unit provides the service, and then trawl through their webpages to find the information, you have immediate access to a huge range of services, facilities and support available at each campus and online.


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For current students and Deakin staff

1.  What happened to the 'Future Students' section?

Future Students has been rolled into the new Study at Deakin area. This contains all the information you need to know about your study options.

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2.  What's this long row of links near the top of the page?

When we surveyed our site visitors we were told that our old site had too many links in the content area. Visitors said that this was confusing and unappealing - they couldn't work out what information was high priority, and they found it hard to tell the difference between actual content, and navigation links. So we've implemented a navigation bar that you will see regardless of where you are on Deakin's website. This navigation bar gives you quick and intuitive access to areas within our website.

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3.  Where is the International Students content?

All of the International Students content sits under Study at Deakin. Feedback from the international students who participated in testing our design was that this was well understood and easy to use.

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4.  Where are the job ads?

For all Deakin job vacancies, go to the 'Careers at Deakin' page under 'About Deakin'.

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5.  Why does the site look different when I go to different areas?

The site relaunch is a significant piece of work and not all pages will be updated at once. However, the new navigation bar appears throughout the new site and will help you quickly do what you need to do. Stay tuned as we work through further revisions. We'll be making this site better day by day - and please do let us know what you think.


6.  How do I contact a staff member?

Select Contact Us at top of the homepage and enter the staff member's details.

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7.  I'm already a student at Deakin. Where do I look for relevant information?

Select Current Students at top right of the homepage. The Study at Deakin navigation bar link also includes course-related information.

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More information

User experience (UX)

1.  Contextual help

When things get just a little complicated, we offer a helping hand providing contextual help when and where it is needed. For example, when you hover over an item in the services and facilities area you'll learn a little bit more about that item.

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2.   Key features and functions

Key features and functions like the course search and list of study areas are presented up front. This allows you to complete tasks efficiently because you don't need to hunt around the site to find these key elements.

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3.   Flexibility and control

The new site lets you progressively control the depth of content that is presented to you, avoiding information overload. For example, you can control content such as the advanced features within 'find a course' and the address details within 'contact us'.

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4.   Information structure

Information on the new site is designed so you don't need to know Deakin's organisational structure to find what you're looking for. The site allows you to find information and complete tasks quickly and easily. For example, our new services and facilities area gives you quick access to over 150 resources.

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5.   Tried and tested

We asked school students, Deakin students, Deakin staff, mums and dads, careers advisors and a whole lot more to test our proposed design in the real world and confirm that the solution meets their needs. Now we'd like to hear from you, so please let us know what you think by sending us feedback via the form at the top of this page.

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Visual design

1.  Colours

We've chosen prominent colours drawn from our style guide to help visitors easily identify buttons and other action items.

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2.  Responsive design and mobile first

Two web techniques called responsive design and mobile first allow visitors on smart phones to focus on the resources they're most likely to use. This is being progressively rolled out across the site.

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3.  Proximity

Our core content is categorised by topic or by visitor task and the design now gives visitors a clear indication of their location in the website.

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4.  Typography

We've chosen the Open Sans font, which gives visitors a clean, friendly and easy to read typeface.

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5.  Whitespace

We've used whitespace to break up the content elements, making it easy for a visitor to scan the page and quickly identify what they are looking for, by giving the content elements room to breathe.

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Meet the team

Meet the members of the website redevelopment project.  We are a multidisciplinary team drawn from a number of areas, and have been working together for months to design and deliver the new Deakin website.

The entire project team also thanks all those who gave their time, expertise and support to the new website work - from Deakin executives to colleagues throughout the University, from current Deakin students across all our campuses and at all stages of their studies to careers advisers, parents, and other third parties.  We couldn't have done it without you and we thank you for taking the time to participate.

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Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

16th July 2012