IT Obsidian

To view lecture notes for a given lesson follow the links below. Lecture notes will be added the day of each lecture. Assignments will be listed for each section. Assignments are due before class.

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IT Obsidian – Final Project Presentations - April 28, 2016

  • Final Presentation
  • Review Grades
  • Peer Evaluation – Due Next Tuesday – Emailed to all faculty
  • Course Evaluations – Please fill out 3 times (Once for Each Faculty Member)
  • Project Due Date – Friday May 6

We hope you have a great Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in the Fall. If any of you are looking for project work for the Summer please let us know and we’ll try to pass along opportunities as they present themselves.

Introduction to JavaScript Libraries - March 8, 2016

Assignment

Read the following Article on Progressive Enhancement. Write a blog post explaining progressive enhancement in your own words. Please discuss why it is important to use progressive enhancement and include a link to another article you found and read relating to the topic. Due before class Thursday.

Site Planning - March 1, 2016

Site Planning

Working with HTML5 Boilerplate

Individual Web Site Project

Assignment

Watch the HTML5 Boilerplate Video | Download the Files (If you haven’t done so already) Review the HTML and CSS Documentation while looking through the boilerplate files. Be prepared to discuss on Thursday.

Begin thinking about a topic for your individual web project. By next Tuesday I should have a planning document and site map for the new site.

Peer Review Exercise - February 23, 2016

Segway Q & A with your Partner

  • Open Discussion / Review Techniques

Assignment

Watch the HTML5 Boilerplate Video | Download the Files (If you haven’t done so already) Review the HTML and CSS Documentation while looking through the boilerplate files. Be prepared to discuss on Thursday.

Begin thinking about a topic for your individual web project. By next Tuesday I should have a planning document and site map for the new site.

Web Forms - February 18, 2016

Web Forms

Assignment

  1. Implement a contact form solution on your Segway Project. If necessary create a contact page.
  2. Solicit feedback from a classmate regarding the design and implementation of your Segway Project. I’d like you to spend the next week incorporating the suggestions from this critique into your project. When critiquing others keep in mind that we are all at different places skill-wise. Be constructive in your criticism and remember to also include what you like as well.
  3. Due next Thursday (2/25) – Email me an update on the Segway project. I’d like to hear about what you improved/fixed based-on what your reviewers recommended. There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented.

Working with Images - January 28, 2016

Assignment

Please read the following article on image optimization and write a short blog post discussing three takeaways from the article.

Review the HTML & CSS concepts covered last semester and bring questions/need for clarification to class on Thursday. We’ll begin a web design project on Tuesday. If you need some review this site covers a good chunk of what we discussed last semester.

Creating Site Imagery - January 26, 2016

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 Thursday. 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.

Introduction to Fireworks - January 19, 2016

Working with Photography

Image Optimization

Assignment

Post optimized samples of the images you created to your blog with an explanation of the tools and approach you used.

Introduction to Fireworks - January 14, 2016

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

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!

Usability Testing - November 10, 2015

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.

Validation - October 29, 2015

Assignment

Due on Tuesday 11.03.15

  • Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.
  • Upload the file to your web space. The url should be ualr.edu/username/prototype/. Make sure you name the file index.html
  • Read the following article before class on Tuesday – CSS Basics

Working with HTML5 - October 27, 2015

Assignment

Introduction to HTML5 - October 15, 2015

Assignment

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Structure, Content, Design & Behavior - October 1, 2015

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 10-6-15. 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.

SOCIS Workshop

Game Development and Digital Art using Unity by Jason Zack – October 1 – EIT 203 – 6:00

Web Related Terminology - September 29, 2015

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 10-6-15. 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.

Understanding Web Related Terminology - September 22, 2015

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 Thursday – 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.
  3. Read – The history of the Internet and the web, and the evolution of web standards

Using the Web Like a Pro - September 17, 2015

Assignment:

Review your favorite web-based service in a blog post explaining it’s functionality, the pro’s and con’s of using the particular service, and discuss the service’s potential for impacting the way you work. Post is due Thursday. Please be prepared to discuss in class.

Event: 

Web Scraping with Python on Thursday Evening. Sponsored by SOCIS. Write a blog post about the presentation and what you learned for extra credit. Facebook Event Page

Introduction to WordPress - September 1, 2015

Assignment

Make sure you have done the following by Thursday 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 WordPress - August 27, 2015

Assignment

Make sure you have done the following by Thursday 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 WordPress - August 25, 2015

Homework

Homework (Due 8.27.15): 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.

Chromebook Orientation and Introduction to WordPress - August 20, 2015

Homework

Homework (Due 8.25.15): Visit WordPress.com and create a new blog. This will be where you reflect and write over the course of the next semester. Send me the address of your blog via email (tswallace@ualr.edu). We will review all of the settings on Tuesday.

Soft Skills: Please complete the MBTI located at this web site (http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp).  Save your results and bring to class with you next Tuesday for a debrief. Have a nice weekend.