Usability Testing

Assignment

Please write a blog post regarding today’s usability tests. I’d like you talk in detail about your observations from both tests and your thoughts as to why usability testing is a valuable part of the design/development workflow.

Image Integration and Page Duplication

Segway Project

Assignment

Begin work on the Segway Projects. You should have a good start on your main page template prior to class on Monday.

Image Optimization

Assignment

Create Banner image for your sample page in Fireworks. The image should be as wide as your container div and between 80px and 200px tall and less than 40kb in size. Emailed tswallace@ualr.edu before class on Tuesday. Have fun with this. You can make an image for anything. It could be a company, an event, a hobby etc. I’d like to see the following elements present in your design. Typographical Element, some sort of photographic element or vector artwork, and a consistent color scheme (Try Kuler).

Next class I’ll show you how to integrate this image into your template page properly. Please bring the file to class.

Image Manipulation and Optimization

Woking with Photography

Image Optimization

Assignment

Email me the completed optimized samples of the images you created in class. Due Thursday.

Image Manipulation and Optimization

Woking with Photography

Image Optimization

Assignment

Email me the completed optimized samples of the images you created in class. Due next Tuesday.

Web Publishing and Workspace

Assignment

Introduction to Fireworks

  • Review Positioning Exercises
  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Assignment

Complete the following tutorials and submit the folder icon you create in the 3rd tutorial.

You should email this icon to me before class next Thursday. Late submissions will not be accepted. I do not expect you to perfectly replicate the icon in the tutorial but I would like to see a solid effort from each of you. This is a challenging assignment so I encourage you to not wait until the night before it is due. Good Luck! If you’d like you can download a 30 day trial of Fireworks on your own computer so you can work off campus.

HTML5 Structural Elements

Assignment

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Final Project Lab

Assignment

  • Project Leader Should send a google calendar invite with time and location information (tswallace@ualr.edu)
  • After the project is completed, be sure to submit a paper reflecting on the entire process – Be sure to discuss initial reaction to the project, how you planned to get the project completed,  a difficult moment during the project and how you dealt with the situation, what you would do differently if you had to do it all over again, an evaluation of your teammates performance, and a thorough discussion of the benefits of Service Learning. This should be a minimum of two pages and submitted to me no later than 5:00pm on October 12, 2016. This is a firm deadline. Assignment is worth 15% of your total grade.

Structure, Content, Design, Behavior

Assignment

Evaluate your a web site you frequent based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. Write a blogpost that includes the following elements: Site URL, Screenshot, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change. Due Tuesday.

Service Learning and Final Project Overview

Assignment

  • Service Learning Project Topic – Submit for Approval
  • Team Organization – Who is responsible for what. Everyone should have a role.
  • Project Scheduling – Book your date and time with the DSC for your booth (Week Before Finals)
  • Submit to me as a Google Doc your project proposal (1 Per Team). This document should include all of the information listed above. Due to me by next Monday. Be prepared to give a status report to the class (one per team).
  • You are welcome to meet as a team later this week and begin work on the project. I’ll try and get your topic approved within 24 hours of submitting your proposal. After today, you’ll have next weeks session to work on the project.

Mastering Google Search

Assignments

  1. This week you should complete the Power Searching with Google course as homework. Be prepared to discuss when we return to class next Tuesday. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6
  2. Due next Tuesday – Write a blog post about 5 new tips/trick you learned from the Power Searching with Google course. Please explain each technique and a situation where you might use it to find valuable information.

Class Presentations

Assignments

  1. Complete the final two sessions of Power Searching with Google.
  2. Write a blog post about 5 new tips/tricks you learned from the Power Searching with Google course. Please explain each technique and a situation where you might use it to find valuable information. Due September 26th.
  3. After your presentation, Write a Blog Post – Reflect on your presentation. What were your strengths & weaknesses? Identify areas you could improve and discuss possible strategies for doing so. Please be thorough. In addition to the post please share the presentation file with me via Google Drive or email.

HTML Wrap Up & File Management

Assignment

Student Presentations

Assignments

  1. Complete the third and fourth sessions of Power Searching with Google. Continue to take notes in your shared Google document.
  2. After your presentation, Write a Blog Post – Reflect on your presentation. What were your strengths & weaknesses? Identify areas you could improve and discuss possible strategies for doing so. Please be thorough. In addition to the post please share the presentation file with me via Google Drive or email.
  3. Write a blog post reflecting  on the experience you had during the scavenger hunt last week. Discuss how your team decided to tackle the hunt, whether or not you felt like you worked as a team, and what you would do differently.

 

Speech Order

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Read (Quiz Material) Introduction to HTML

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Read (Quiz Material) Introduction to HTML

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

WordPress Explained

Assignment

Make sure you have done the following by Tuesday of next week. We’ll be moving on to new topics so you should have all blog related issues and assignments squared away.

  • Make sure I have your Blog URL
  • Customize your blog
    • Apply a new theme
    • Customize the sidebar or wigitized areas
      • Add a few widgets.
      • Display an rss feed from a site that you frequent.
    • Try using a shortcode in a post or a page.
  • Completed About Page
  • Created a Custom Menu

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Create a Codepen Account and experiment with it’s features.

Read (Quiz Material) Introduction to HTML

Web Based Publishing and Information Literacy

Staying Engaged through student Organizations

  • Society of Computing and Information Science (SOCIS)
    • Facebook Page
    • Subscribe to the Mail List
      • Send Email to listserv@ualr.edu. Subject Blank, In the body write subscribe socis@ualr.edu
  • UALR eSports

WordPress Q&A

Web Based Services and Presentation Technologies

Scavenger Hunt

Assignment

  1. Before class on September 12  complete the first two sessions of Power Searching with Google course. Create a Google doc and share it with tswallace@ualr.edu. In this document, I’d like you to take notes from the Power Searching with Google course. Once we have completed the course you will use these notes to craft a blog post containing lessons learned from the workshop. Do not email me this document!. Use the built in sharing functionality of Google Docs. If you do not know how to do this you can look here for help.
  2. Write a blog post reflecting  on the experience you had during the scavenger hunt this week. Discuss how your team decided to tackle the hunt, whether or not you felt like you worked as a team, and what you would do differently.
  3. Be prepared to to present to the class on September 12. Make sure you follow the requirements listed here. It will take two sessions to get through the entire class but everyone should be prepared to present the first day. I will randomly generate a list for presentation order. If you are not prepared at your selected time you will have to visit the Communication SCIL Center and record your presentation. These will be distributed to the class. It is in your best interest to be prepared and present in your allotted time.

Introduction to WordPress

Homework

Homework (Due 8.30.16): Write your first blog post reflecting on your first week in the program and your personal expectations for the class. Make sure you catergorize and/or tag the post. If you are feeling adventurous try adding a photo to the post as well. There is no length requirement for this assignment.

Structure, Content, Design, Behavior

Assignment

Evaluate your favorite web site based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. This is a written assignment that should be emailed to me (tswallace@ualr.edu) no later than 8-30-16. Make sure you discuss the following elements: Site URL, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change.