Our decision to revamp the navbar is driven by the need to address current challenges and align with best practices:
Modernizing Design for Enhanced Navigation:
Outdated Design: The existing navbar, designed almost a decade ago, no longer aligns with modern web design best practices. Essential items should be easily accessible, typically placed to the left and top for optimal visibility.
Adapting to Web Navigation Patterns: In response, we're reshaping the navbar to ensure that the most frequently used items are prominently positioned for quick access, adhering to standard web navigation patterns.
Streamlining and Removing Redundancies:
Clutter and Non-Functional Links: Over the years, our navbar has accumulated links to tools that are outdated or no longer functional, leading to clutter and confusion. The update will streamline the navbar by removing these redundancies.
Ensuring Uniform Access to Essential Resources:
Inconsistent Access in Current Setup: Our quality review revealed that relying on instructors to add a widget for central student resources on their course homepage resulted in inconsistent access. This was due to a lack of awareness or knowledge on how to add the widget.
Strategic Integration by Deans: To address this, a group of Deans, as part of a semesterly review of hybrid and virtual quality, agreed to integrate essential student resources directly into the navbar. This decision, complying with requirements from our accreditor (HLC), ensures consistent availability of these resources in every class, regardless of the modality.
Highlights of the Navbar Update:
New Course Home Button: Quickly return to your course homepage from any location within the course.
Simplified Navigation: A streamlined 'Course Content' menu, including essential items like assignments, discussions, and quizzes.
Direct Access to Grades: A dedicated 'Grades' menu for instant access to your progress.
Revamped Student Resources: Enhanced access to vital student services, independent of the PCC Quicklinks widget.
Course Resources Tab: An optimized tab featuring frequently used tools and resources.
Reconfigured Help Button: Tailored support options for students and faculty.
Global Navbar Enhancements: Addition of key resources and an updated help menu.
Comprehensive Overview: For a detailed walkthrough of these changes, watch our video overview.
Revitalizing Our Navbar: Objectives and Community Insights
A few months ago, we embarked on a mission to revitalize our existing navbar, with several key objectives:
Ensuring Access to Student Resources: We recognized the need for easy access to essential student resources. Although the PCC Quicklinks widget offers many of these, it was not consistently available on the homepages of numerous courses we reviewed. Our solution includes integrating these resources directly into the navbar.
Simplifying Help Options: We noticed convoluted options for help and are working towards simplifying these choices for a more straightforward experience.
Streamlining User Experience: Our primary goal is to offer a more seamless and intuitive interface, thus enhancing overall usability. This includes not only simplifying help options but also removing outdated or non-functional links, including those that linked to tools not currently active at the college. We're committed to ensuring that every element of the navbar is useful, up-to-date, and contributes to an efficient and effective user experience.
As part of this effort, we conducted a survey last October/November to gather your thoughts on our proposed changes.