Organising the static content in chapter one


Having re-read chapter one in the original publication and the content published so far on the blog, I think we could afford to break the content up into fewer, longer sections. I propose the following sub-sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Four motives for providing an education in engineering
  3. What are the attributes of a graduate?
  4. The changing nature of university generations
  5. The prior knowledge and experience of 21st century students

Once the content is live, we can post a couple of discussion posts about the content, and link it to the chapter by using the category, Chapter 1. If we want, we can sub-divide the categories further by calling them 1-1; 1-2; 1-3 etc. It depends how specific to the comment pieces are going to be. One to be agreed on the go, I suspect.


5 All Responses to “Organising the static content in chapter one”

  1. Peter Goodhew

    Yes – you may have a point. As you see, I have added a few more paragraph-length pages. I think the compromise is between easy reading and commenting (implying short pages) and shorter, less-daunting menus (implying longer pages). I’m not sure yet what the optimum length is.

    By the way – do you know how to close up the para spacing (e.g. in the list of abbreviations)?

  2. Oliver Broadbent

    If ease of reading is a priority, I think having more than one paragraph is helpful, as long as the paragraph is not too long. Web readers I think are happy to scroll down. In terms of ease of adding comments, on blogs in general, comments are likely to be on posts rather than pages. So you might add some new static comment to the ‘book’ section, and then write a post about that new content – and it is on that post that people make comments. So again, this would point towards longer pages for the book area.

    On paragraph spacing, I suggest you list the abbreviations as a bulleted list.

  3. Peter Goodhew

    An early reader commented that the Chapters in the top menu are not very descriptive! True, but they would be very long if I spelled them out. I have therefore added a generic menu item and arranged that clicking on the Chapter item reveals a list of learning outcomes, while hovering over it reveals the topics within. I hope this proves useful.

  4. Andy Green

    I would lean towards fewer and longer pages, rather than trying to split them up too much. Although some of our early MATTER stuff was designed to avoid the need for scrolling, I think Wikipedia, amongst others, provides ample evidence that people are happy to work their way down long pages if they think the content is sufficiently good.

    • Oliver Broadbent

      Good point about Wikipedia. Also, people are increasingly reading pages on their phones. In this context, scrolling down is preferable to having to load new pages.


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