Improving Web Service

Client: National eXtension Initiative, USA | Date: May 31, 2009

The
National eXtension Initiative
is a partnership of the 75 U.S. Land-Grant universities to create an interactive educational environment to deliver high quality, researched-based learning. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers – experts from the universities who know their subject matter inside-out.

A major aspect of the initiative includes a system where-by citizens can ask questions and receive answers from university-based faculty. The Ask An Expert system was rolled-out as a part of the initiatives
public website
in February of 2008. In its first year of operation the system has answered questions from 8530 people. Many of these questions have been converted into FAQs that have subsequently received over 300,000 unique page views.

The eXtension initiative has started a project using the SenseMaker® software suite to better understand how people have been served by using the system. The project will collect narratives from people who have used the Ask an Expert service to better understand their perspectives, and to determine how the service can be improved, and scaled to serve larger numbers of people going forward.

For more information please contact
Kevin Gamble

More information: kevin_gamble@ncsu.edu

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