Website Evaluation June 3 2002

Group: Foundation


Each of the four elements below is worth 1/4 of the grade for this project which counts for 40% of the class grade.

Scores can be improved by additional work on the sites between now and the final presentation at the end of the quarter, now scheduled for the final exam time, 7:00-8:30 in the Library Multimedia Computer Lab Wednesday June 12

5=excellent; 4=good; 3=adequate; 2=inadequate 1=absent

Average: 5

Score I. 5

    1. Thesis or purpose of your site– What do want your audience to learn?
      1. Statement of purpose, either explicit on the top page, or implicit but easy for user to determine--e.g.
      2. Value and validity of this purpose
      3. Everything on the site supports this purpose
        1. Items irrelevant to the thesis or purpose

      The purpose is clear and well defined: to acquaint us with a hike through a less than well known area of Cal Poly Land, to make it both easy and inviting to get there and take the hike, and to enrich our experience of the landscape by providing information about it in an aesthetically pleasing format that is both focussesd and varied.

Score II. 5

    1. Integration with Cal Poly Land project
      1. Consistency with Cal Poly Land’s purposes
      2. Consistency with or justifiable departure from Cal Poly Land website’s design


      The design of each page is harmonious with the overall website design–layout, font, colors, relation of pictures, text and maps. The navigation pattern of arrows is consistent with the many web galleries on the larger site. The several links to other locations on the CPL website are appropriate and helpful. The addition of a printable pamphlet is a welcome addition to original website formats

Score III. 5

    1. Extent and Navigation properties
      1. Is there enough material to require 5 to 8 minutes for the user to navigate through the site and absorb what it has to offer
      2. Are there clear, consistent , logical and interesting ways to navigate through the site?
        1. "Explore Cal Poly Land by place or theme or collection using the navigation bar at the left of every page. Each of the links there leads to further subdivisions."

      Quantity is appropriate to one subunit. The user needs the specified amount of time to get through the site once, but repeated revisitings are rewarding because of the variety of information, approaches, and formats

      The use of two zoomed maps leading us to the place, corresponding to driving and walking instructions is, clever. The use of the Photoshop imposed trail upon one of the maps is accurate and capable. The use of arrows is intuitive and helpful to maneuvering around this site. One bit of navigation is missing–a way to get back to the home page from the webwalk page.

Score IV. 5

    1. Quality of material presented
      1. Text–clarity,sufficiency, conciseness, elegance, accuracy, including documentation
      2. Images or multimedia elements
      3. Integration of text and images–their relevance and mutual illumination

    The text is clear, concise, error-free and well written. The information is carefully researched and contains much material hard to access and of great interest to general readers. The use of the road to lead us through the landscape and the story of of the round trip walk is effective. The sense of beginning, middle and end is enhanced by the opening and closing images of fences and roads leading away at first and back home at the end. The language supports this movement, especially on the last page. The device of showing the quarry in the far distance and relating it to the path we have just taken is delightful.

    This is work to be proud of!