When the site went “live,” it had Google Analytics, a function that not only counts, but also analyses each visitor to www.ierconn.net. At the end of this first year of our initiative, we shall be able both to tally those indicators of interest and analyze them in sophisticated detail. Such information will enable us to plan necessary alterations and expand services, e. g. adding cross-registration and/or the use of standard forms in the future.
The analysis of the data will also allow all participants to see which programs, country locations, institutions, etc. are most sought and which are neglected. We shall also be able to address issues relating to under-represented majors and under-utilized regions of the world.
Potential for Replication:
Were we to show another institution how to build its own collaborative web site, this would be our advice:
- Before determining the design, scope, and content of the project, research what other states have done.
- Bring all representatives to the table and engage in frequent face-to-face planning meetings to come to know strengths and weaknesses – before designing the project.
- Include appropriate web experts on the team and make sure they have a major role in the project.
- Plan the protocol for annual updates when designing the original project, not after the fact.