The getfit@mit 2013 challenge is officially underway. As in previous years, the getfit@mit website offers many features, including news, blogs, event listings and pointers to health resources. While the 2013 website uses the same design as last year, MIT Medical has added two enhancements based on user feedback.
The biggest change is a mobile-optimized interface to the dashboard. Participants with smartphones can now log their minutes on the go, rather than waiting to return to their desks.
MIT Medical worked with IS&T web consultant Christopher Giles and developers Yang Gu and Bill McAvinney to create the mobile-friendly interface to their Drupal website. Now, when smartphone users visit the site, they are directed to a mobile-optimized version of their dashboard page, where they can log in via Touchstone, enter their minutes and view their progress.
While the rest of the getfit website is not yet optimized for mobile viewing, MIT Medical will take what it learns about this year's mobile user experience and apply it to next year's challenge.
MIT Medical has also improved the blog section of the website. Participants can now add a category and tags to their blog posts. Users can also use categories and tags to search for other blogs of interest.