Design information architecture

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUADIG505, 'Design information architecture'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Design information architecture' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Identify project requirements

1.1 Discuss design briefs with relevant personnel to clarify production requirements

1.2 Identify technical parameters of interactive media products, including the delivery platform, that may influence the architecture

1.3 Identify characteristics of target audience or users who will seek and search content

1.4 Assess content to be integrated into or generated by interactive media products

2. Classify and organise content

2.1 Research and select relevant thesaurus and metadata standards or tagging methodology

2.2 Organise and construct a content inventory, using classification techniques such as taxonomy or folksonomy, to detail levels of hierarchy

2.3 Assign content labels that are appropriate and meaningful for target audiences

2.4 Identify content search and browse requirements

2.5 Discuss proposed content classification with relevant personnel to confirm it meets project requirements

3. Draft information architecture design specifications

3.1 Sketch overall architecture, showing relationships and pathways between interactive content

3.2 Design forms that detail content input process, if required

3.3 Specify search functionality and search return displays

3.4 Construct wireframes of the content architecture and navigation pathways

3.5 Write draft design specifications and advice for development teams

3.6 Present draft design specifications for discussion and feedback from other team members

3.7 Amend draft design specifications to accommodate feedback as required

3.8 Discuss final draft design specifications with clients and adjust if necessary to meet project requirements

4. Finalise information architecture designs

4.1 Conduct usability testing using appropriate testing techniques

4.2 Incorporate changes to information architecture in design specifications based on test results

4.3 Obtain final agreement from relevant personnel for finished design