After many months of planning, revising, re-planning, development, design, redesign, building, troubleshooting, testing and debugging, the dynamic new UCLA Extension Writers’ Program web site is now live.
Here are just a few of the site’s “new and improved” features:
- Timely articles and news about students, instructors, and events
- Detailed instructor pages including photos, bios, and statements of more than 280 Writers’ Program instructors
- Continuous updates to the Writers’ Program Events Calendar
- “Revolving” writing tips and advice from instructors
- Student and instructor success stories brought to you as soon as we hear about them
- A library of almost 200 feature film scripts that can be downloaded for free
- A more-intuitive site navigation
Dr. Linda Venis, Program Director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, is delighted with the finished product.
“Our priority has always been to create a site that gives students a true sense of community,” she says. “Now that we have the ability to easily update web content, the site will be an invaluable tool for writing students who want up-to-date information about instructors and courses; advice about writing; and news about upcoming events, deadlines, and significant Writers’ Program happenings.”
Dr.Venis also discussed the recently launched Writers’ Program Blog that is currently housed on Blogger.com. “One of our next priorities is to be able to link to our blog directly from the web site, creating a fully-interactive student experience.”
Making the quantum leap from a static, HTML and frame-based web site to a dynamic database-driven platform with Cascading Style Sheets and real-time interactivity has presented more than a few challenges during the site’s construction.
“We’ve had many technical and integration hurdles to overcome,” says Dr.Venis, “but thanks to our highly skilled and talented design team led by Visual Arts Program Director Scott Hutchinson, with assistance from former Arts Program Representative Thao Aaltonen, we were able to resolve most issues.”
Other members of the planning team who deserve special recognition include Cindy Lieberman, Program Manager for the Writers’ Program, Gabrielle Stephens, Program Assistant in Distance Learning and Events (whose graphics expertise was invaluable!), and Program Representatives Mae Respicio and Corey Campbell.
We invite you to navigate the site at your leisure and familiarize yourself with its many new features and enhancements.