Term Project

Each student will install WordPress on a web server. Students will select a theme, install it and customize its CSS. Students will select and install widgets/plugins.

Deliverables to include a project plan, competitive analysis, incremental milestones and a “lessons learned” reflection. The final site will be graded based on aesthetics, usability, social network integration and creativity.

Assessment (250 points)

Project Plan – due 12 December @ 6pm – incorporates elements from readings and assignments. Identifies audience, outlines project goals. Identifies competitive sites and analysis that includes at least one scenario/use case (this is what I will use to assess the site) and three personas. Added: include wireframe of home page and at least one secondary page (can be blog/blog post) – wireframe can be PDF/image of sketch; include screen capture of WP Dashboard showing plugins; include screen capture of WP Dashboard showing theme widgets; include screen capture of WP Dashboard showing settings-> general.

  • 75 points : all components present, no typos/grammar errors, demonstrates creative thought and initiative (beyond minimum)
  • 65 points : all components present, minimal errors, average response
  • 55 points : missing components or major errors or below-average response
  • 45 points : missing components and major errors or below-average response

Web Site – due 12 December at midnight – functional web site with a working home page, an “about” page (may be called something else) and at least one other page. Must have social media integration; does not have to include a blog. Must have plugins. Assessed on aesthetics, usability, functionality, social network integration and creativity.

  • 100 points : Above average design, usable for primary use case, functional/SN integration, demonstrates creative thought and initiative (beyond bare bones)
  • 90 points : Aesthetically pleasing, usable for primary use case, functional/SN integration
  • 80 points: Lacking in one area: Aesthetically pleasing, usable for primary use case, functional/SN integration
  • 70 points: Lacking in more than one area: Aesthetically pleasing, usable for primary use case, functional/SN integration

Milestones

  • 25 points: 18 20 November precis
  • 10 points: 14  12 December @ midnight : short post to course blog announcing that the project is live (link must work)
  • maximum of 40 points: 14 12 December @ 6pm : “lessons learned” reflection to be posted to Catalyst CollectIt
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