Charity web sites get revamped

UBC students taking a third-year Human Computer Interaction course have been working with seven non-profit organizations in the Okanagan to revamp their web sites.

In teams of three, students have spent the last few months gathering information on their assigned community organization and conducting a detailed analysis of the web site, its users, and its functionality. The goal is to leave the non-profits with a more user-friendly and effective web site from both technical and user viewpoints.

The student teams presented their redesigns to the partnering organizations on Tuesday.

“Our objective was to deliver a web site that was clean, attractive and met the needs of both the clients and service providers,” said UBC student Ryan Trenholm, whose group worked with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

“It was a great experience—a lot of work, but in the end we learned a lot, especially about the user perspective of web design and the consultation process.”

The project was partially funded by Interior Savings through their Community Investment Fund. The seven non-profit organizations involved are:

• Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

• Project Literacy Kelowna Society

• Kelowna and District Society for Community Living

• Central Okanagan Food Policy Council

• Central Okanagan Hospice Association

• Central Okanagan Community Gardens

• Peachland Wellness Centre


“The students’ enthusiasm and energy was wonderful. They paid careful attention to detail, took a creative approach that was outside the box, and delivered a very positive experience,” said Barb Hagan, executive director of Project Literacy Kelowna.



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