Week 01 : Introduction


  • Course Overview/Syllabus Review
  • Skills Assessment (WebQ)
  • Term Project Discussion

Course Overview/Syllabus Review

Multimedia: Getting From There To Here


Thoreau: “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things.”

Syllabus Review

From the “assignments page

Blog Posts To Course Blog
Half (100 points) of the participation grade awarded based on weekly (weeks 1-10, week 1 is 31 March – 6 April) posts to course web site; posts should be relevant to course topics (design, usability, technologies). The other half (100 points) is based on in-class participation.

Discussion Leader
Each student will research and lead discussion on a web-related technology. Sign up in week 1 class. Discussion begins 18 April.

  • Sunday 18 April : 1-5 : LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) & CSS
  • Wed 28 April : 6-8 : XML, Javascript, AJAX
  • Wed 12 May : 9-11 : RSS, HTML5, Cookies (State Management)
  • Wed 19 May : 12-13 : API, Cloud Computing
  • Wed 26 May : 14-15 : Google Webmaster Tools, GoogleAdSense

Student WordPress Site
Each student will install WordPress on the UW student web server. Students will select a theme, install it and modify its CSS. Students will select and install widgets. The final site will be graded based on aesthetics, usability, social network integration and creativity. The site does not have to contain content.

WordPress Discussion

  • Install on UW site (free but biggest headache)
  • Install on MediaTemple (free but on my server/account)
  • Install on another host (your $)

Skills Assessment

Catalyst WebQ. In-lab completion, please. Talk about Lynda.com!

Geek Speak

What Is Design? (ppt)

Warriors of the Net! (13 min – YouTubeInternetArchive)

Deconstruct URLs & How HTTP Works

Term Project Discussion

Students will produce a prototype web site using WordPress as a content management system. Individuals might design a portfolio site, for example, or a group might redesign an existing web site. The prototype must contain content.The prototype will be graded based on aesthetics, usability, social network integration and creativity. The site can be hosted at WordPress.com or any other web server.

Deliverables to include a project plan that includes audience, purpose, technologies recommended (SHfH would build upon the strategy documents created in prior MCDM classes); a WordPress prototype; and a plan of work (conversion of existing site to new design as well as work-flow).

  • Client: Seattle Habitat for Humanity (pdf 1, pdf2)
    Website redesign with emphasis on integrating social media technologies
  • Other?

Readings For Next Week


About Kathy E. Gill (@kegill)

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

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