In all likelihood, if you’re reading this article then you probably already know the pain and frustration that university websites can cause. Unlike any other sites on the internet, university websites have the remarkable and unique power to mislead and confuse their users. Anyone who has been to university or has researched university courses will know this and be well aware of the tedious trial that is navigating a university website. However, for those of you haven’t yet undertaken the challenge of deciphering a university website, let me tell you what you’re in for.
To start with, many university websites are just plain ugly. They are dated, blocky and unintuitive. For the most part, this negative aesthetic causes the websites to be horrifically difficult to navigate. Often there are few obvious links from the homepage to course descriptions, faculty information, term dates or contact information. This makes finding the crucial information you’re looking for next-to impossible, especially for parents who are less familiar with technology.
When users finally make it to the page they are looking for – if they make it to the page they’re looking for – the information they are hoping to glean is often buried within dense sections of text or dreary charts. Often the most useful information for students and parents – things like schedules and timetables, fees and financial information, faculty contact information and campus maps – are infuriatingly difficult to find. Clear links to these types of information should be presented on the university website’s homepage – instead, many universities hide this information deep within site, making it necessary to click through numerous pages before stumbling on the crucial information you’ve been looking for.
“Thankfully, it seems that new app-based technology is succeeding where university websites have failed.”
Finally, university websites seem to be rarely updated – which may explain why so many look like they were made a decade ago. Because of this, many university websites present information that is out of date and therefore useless. Contact information for faculty members or university departments is sometimes false and term dates can be incorrect. Archaic websites are also often incompatible with mobile devices, which disables a lot of people from even being able to access them in the first place.
The negative effects of poorly designed university websites are not insignificant. Past leaving parents and students confused and agitated, it leaves them uninformed. As crucial information is often so hard to find, users can come away without a correct conception of what a course entails, how much it will cost or what life will be like at a particular university. This can lead to hasty and uwise decisions being made, which can inevitably lead to students enrolling on courses that are not right for them. Were information about university courses more accessible, students would be able to find a course that was right for them. It may even help to reduce the number of students who drop out of university, as fewer students would embark on a course that they later come to dislike.
“Instead of burying important information, Seeka provides parents and students with everything they need to know.”
Thankfully, it seems that new app-based technology is succeeding where university websites have failed. Seeka is a newly-released mobile app that enables parents and students to quickly search for university courses using the world’s first education search engine. The results provided by the Seeka search engine are clear, concise and informative – users are given easy access to information about course costs, university world rankings, scholarship opportunities and much more. Beyond this, the app also allows users to directly contact university faculties to gain extra information. Seeka also displays information about part-time jobs in the area, visa requirements and career paths related to each course. Instead of burying important information, Seeka provides parents and students with everything they need to know.
“Using Seeka’s innovative search engine, finding important information about universities and their courses is made quick and easy.”
While the amount of information provided by Seeka is truly staggering, what is more impressive is its interface. Forget the clunky homepages of university websites – app-based innovations are the future. Seeka’s simple, sleek and sophisticated design makes it easy for everyone to research university courses – even the most tech-phobic parents out there.
What used to take hours and cause unnecessary stress can now effortlessly be done in a matter of minutes. Using Seeka’s innovative search engine, finding important information about universities and their courses is made quick and easy. With all the information you require in one, easy-to-use app, there is no longer any need to trawl your way through fifteen different university websites. Search through Seeka’s one million courses with the push of a button and immediately have all the information you need.
Download the Seeka app today on the Apple App Store.
For more information about the revolutionary Seeka app, visit their website: http://www.seekadegree.com.
Contact Details: http://www.seekadegree.com
Company: The Trustee for Fresh Futures Australia Unit Trust
Name: Ado Dedovic
Journalist: Charlie Ogden