Peer-to-Peer Workshop: Research Project
1) Create a map of the site you are reviewing. Be as detailed as you can, particularly in your identification of links, direction of links, etc.
2) Identify the areas of the site which seem to you to be the most important to the argument or information? What is the realtionship between the position of the lexias/screens within the hypertext and their relative important to the text (i.e. are the most important elements of the argument on the fringes of the hypertext or at its core?)
3) To what extent is the over-riding concept/argument of the hypertext actually specific enough that a hypertext of this length can illuminate it? What might the author do to tailor the focus to the scope of the assignment?
4) What are the key subsidiary ideas or concepts illuminated in this hypertext? (Are they even illuminated?) Offer your suggestions...
5) It's impossible to review any piece without knowing who the intended audience is. Who do you think the audience is for this hypertext? (If you say 'anyone who uses the internet,' that's not an audience, and you should tell the author so). If you think the research project was written without a specific audience in mind, suggest potential audiences and ways of tailoring this piece to an audience, and so on.
6) How appropriate is the navigation for the audience that you identify or suggest? What tactics would you recommend to the author as a changes/modifications?
7) In thinking about the audeince you've identified (or suggested), how much familiarity with the topic does the author assume? How much background context does the author supply? How much should s/he supply? Offer suggestions, please.
8) What about the non-verbal signals in this piece? What roles do icons, graphics, animations, artwork, fonts, backgrounds, colors, etc. play in creating meaning in this hypertext?
9) What about the external links in the piece you're reviewing? To what extent is it sufficeient simply to link to an external site and expect the reader to find the necessary contextual material? Or should the reader be linked, for example, to a segment created by the author which summarizes the context, and then offers the option to go to the external source?
10) Where are the external links, too? How quickly is the reader diverted from the main argument of the piece (perhaps never to return)? What strategies would you recommend to the author in this context?