This post is just a quick note to let you know that we are listening and taking action to fix problems that have been apparent to a number of students over the past few days. We have yet to respond to every comment, email, and phone call, but please know that every voice is being heard and considered. We made a number of changes today and queued others up for the coming days; details are below.
Important to say: we are sorry for the surprise and confusion that we have caused some of you. More on that in another post very soon. The majors page linked below is a small down-payment toward making things right.
UX and visual design
We have tamed the page title font size and the body text font size, at least for the non-mobile view. There are more tweaks to be done — in some cases the font size is now too small, but we think everyone prefers too small to huge.
Full course list, majors, minors
We re-created a page with links to every Saylor Academy course arranged by area of study as a complement to the link to the ePortfolio catalog. The heading for each group of courses also links to a “Major” page with a description of the area of study as well as guidelines for completing a simulated major as a program. Those major pages were broken in that they were missing a list of courses and the formatting was odd. The formatting is still odd, but the list of courses is back. That said, these separate major pages were not intended as part of the new site, so we will be working to improve the single landing page by shifting all the currently disaggregated information there. For the moment, please bookmark this page until we park it somewhere useful. Remember, too, that you can use your ePortfolio account to find and launch courses.
Some of what we know needs fixing:
+ Increasing font sizes, e.g. of the drop-down items in the primary site menu.
+ Previous Unit and Next Unit links at the bottom of courses advance the units by two at a time, rather than by one.
+ “Course Details” as a title for the course is unnecessary.
+ “Purpose of Course” and “Course Information” links, etc., do not show more information about the course despite being linked; the student must click “show”.
+ Updates to FAQ.