This course was intended to provide students with experience in web page design and development. At first, I didn’t realize the importance of learning how to use HTML code, CSS, and XML until I started using blogs and Learning Management Systems (LMS); in many occasions I had to check the HTML code to figure out why some sentences looked different, or why some links don’t work.
Five projects were required throughout the semester:
Project 1: This project involved the design and development of a WebQuest using HTML code. The project included the following:
- An introduction to the project
- At least five other sites
- At least five activities the users must engage in, including at least two activities that require synthesis of information between two sites
- An evaluation rubric
- A final product that the users produce
- Hand coded (no HTML editors)
- Well-designed visually, including tables or other means to control content
- Visually appealing design (without images)
Project 2: This project focused on the creation of a photo gallery using CSS and HTML code. It involved the use of at least 20 images with a title and a caption for each. The images should be well organized, properly formatted and scaled thumbnails.
Project 3: This project involved the design a 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentation related to a current topic that is debated online. The presentation should then be imported to a website. My presentation was about “Google Street View: The controversy in Germany.”
Project 4: This project involved the creation of a XML document, the content of which is up to the student. I chose to create a list of Arabic films that we offer at the LRC at St. Lawrence University.
Project 5: This final project focused on creating a portfolio that includes all the aforementioned projects.