Monday, January 10, 2011

Needlebase: Clark University Course Catalog


What is it?
Not your average online college course catalog.

Why is this interesting?
I actually use this domain quite frequently day to day. It makes a lot of sense to display a course catalog   based on academic concentrations for students but staff members are more interested in knowing who is meeting when and where*. This is similar to what Chuck was talking about in this Needlebase blog post, although from a slightly different angle. Once I had the catalog loaded into Needle it's really easy to start answering questions like "which classes are meeting tomorrow morning on the first floor?" in 2 clicks rather than 20.

Where is it going in the future?
Right on our intranet dashboard perhaps?

*Yes, there are folk who have access to the catalog back-end but I'm not one of those people!

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