The pace and rate of technological change is dizzying. We are seeing and hearing many organizations become disoriented. In higher education as with any organization, when there are funds there is a tendency to want the latest and coolest. The possibilities available - cheap and fast streaming video, presentation design "skins" that change on the fly, the ability to aggregate and display content from a wide variety of sources - are tempting.
Higher education sites are destinations. Ideally, they do both - inspire the visitor by reassuring them that they are in the right place for their interests (video could really help here), and help them engage. This takes more facts than flash, more veggies than dessert, smelling salts and a heavy dose of restraint (also known as user research).