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JavaScript Libraries - October 9, 2017

Assignments

  1. Upload your working cycle implimentation to your web space and send me the url. Make sure to do some customization so you get the opportunity to play with editing the calls to jQuery. Please send me the working URL before class on Monday.
  2. 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 Monday.

Site Planning - September 27, 2017

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 next week.

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.

Setting up our virtual work environment - September 25, 2017

Web Forms

  • Create Cloud 9 Account from the email invitation you were sent.
  • Exploring the functionality of Cloud9
  • Publishing Files

Assignment

  1. Implement a contact form solution on your Dragon Project. If necessary create a contact page.
  2. Due Monday (10/2) – Create a blog post on the Dragon project. Include the site URL, Feedback you received,  How you improved/fixed your site based-on what your reviewers recommended. There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented.

Peer Review - September 20, 2017

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.

Assignment

Due next Thursday 9/27 – Email me the final implementation of your Dragon project. In a blog post, I’d like to hear about your experience working on this project. What did you do well? What would you do differently? I’d also like you to reflect on the feedback session with your classmates. What did you improve based-on what your reviewers recommended? There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented (Will cover on Monday).

Bringing Bringing it all together - September 6, 2017

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 Monday. We’ll begin a web design project on Monday. If you need some review this site covers a good chunk of what we discussed last semester.

Creating Imagery for your Site - August 30, 2017

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 Monday. 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 - August 28, 2017

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

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 - August 21, 2017

  • 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. You are welcome to use any graphic design software you have access to to complete the assignment. Good Luck!

Web IDE’s and FTP - March 8, 2017

Assignment

FTP and Publishing to the Web - March 6, 2017

Assignment

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML | Be prepared for a Quiz on Monday covering all class materials and readings thus far.

Introduction to HTML5 - March 1, 2017

Assignment

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Web Related Terminology - February 15, 2017

Assignments

  • Read – The history of the Internet and the web, and the evolution of web standards
  • Create an Account on Codepen.io.
  • 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 Monday.

Mastering Google Search - February 13, 2017

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 Monday. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6. If you completed this course previously please complete the Advanced course to fulfill this assignments requirements.
  1. Due next Wednesday – 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.

Web Based Services - February 8, 2017

Using the Web Like a pro

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 next Wednesday. Please be prepared to discuss in class.

Exploring Web based services - February 6, 2017

Google Services

Using the Web Like a pro

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 next Wednesday. Please be prepared to discuss in class.

WordPress Explained - January 23, 2017

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 WordPress - January 18, 2017

Homework

Homework (Due 1.23.17): Write your first blog post reflecting on your first week in the program and your personal expectations for the class. Make sure you categorize 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 - January 11, 2017

Homework

Homework (Due 1.18.17): 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.

IT Ruby Orientation - January 9, 2017

Assignments

  • Complete the Myers Briggs Type Inventory and email the results to cljohnston@ualr.edu. Due January 11, 2017 by noon.
  • Bring your Chromebook to class on Wednesday.