As technology and the status of endangered species are both always in flux, the Bagheera endangered species education website is currently undergoing a major design and content upgrade to accommodate these changes. Some of the upgrades to the website have already taken place (overall website redesign) and a many new features will be added to the website over the next few months.
Here are some of the changes taking place on the website:
Total website redesign. Most of this change has already taken place. The goal of this site redesign was primarily to ensure the website was mobile friendly. This included changes to how the site was laid out and how the content was presented.
Content update. There are content areas that need to be updated with additional information to ensure the most current endangered species information is available to learners. These changes are currently being made.
Also, in areas where information provided about a species is extensive the content will be separated into two pages. The initial landing page of a species will be a “snapshot” of the species with limited content (around 300 words) and a secondary “in-depth” page where additional information about a species will be provided that will have a greater word count. The reason for this is to make the information more mobile friendly.
New photo gallery images. New (and larger) photos have been added to the Bagheera photo gallery (under the resource section) for learners to download for their class project or for social media use. These photos are free for teachers and learners to use and additional images will be continually added. The only restriction for using these images is that the credit to the Bagheera website must stay on the image (or be noted in a project or text) and that the images must not be used for commercial purposes.
Bagheera’s Lair. The addition of Bagheera’s Lair is an effort to provide an area for teachers and learners to go on the website to get additional information about environmental education. This information might be about an environmental project or news story Africa or Asia, or it might be about a new feature (or new images) being added to the Bagheera website.
E-Learning modules. In Spring 2020 the first Bagheera environmental education e-Learning module will be added to the Bagheera website. The focus of this e-Learning module will be the impacts of climate change on endangered species. The goal is to have this module launched by Earth Day 2020 (April) and to have additional environmental and endangered species e-learning modules added on a regular basis.
I will be making similar upgrades to the Tigers in Crisis and Endangered Earth website and will post information about those as they come closer to launch.