New member of the VOICE team: John Dawson
As proud as we are of the VOICE website, we have some big plans going ahead to improve the site for all users and collaborators, so that it is easier to get what you want from VOICE and to have your say.
My name is John and my background is in web development. I have been working at Newcastle University for a few years now, after completing my degree in Computer Science here. I joined VOICE in September last year to help with this next stage of development and we are hoping to have all the new features in place by the end of summer.
The first stage of this is to look at everyone currently using the website, what they use it for or may want to be able to do with it, and finally how they are able to achieve this. We want to make sure that it isn’t confusing or difficult to use and that it is useful, interesting and relevant and we’ll be asking you to get involved in this process.
Over the next few months, we’ll be holding a series of workshops and discussions which will lead to a redesign of the website to ensure that it is intuitive and accessible. This is the “how it looks” part of the development; where all the sections of the web platform should be, how you access them, how they are presented to the user etc. The next stage of development will be the “how it works” part. We are planning to update existing parts of the site as well as introducing some new features like a courses and resources section and updated discussion forum.
This is very much a co-design task so there will be opportunities to contribute your ideas and feedback and we will also likely hold some workshops to test some features and get your opinion on the work we are doing. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts or ideas do get in touch and I look forward to meeting some of you over the next couple of months.
John Dawson, VOICE Digital Platform Developer,
National Innovation Centre for Ageing,