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CUIP Web Workshops - Fall 1999
By Bonnie DeVarco


Introduction
Overview of Workshops
List of Lab Tasks



Introduction

This is a web-based syllabus for reference during the Workshops. I will continue to post new sections to the reference home page http://members.cruzio.com/~devarco/tertia/ as we proceed through the quarter). Please refer to it regularly.

This series of five two-hour workshops will introduce students with varied backgrounds and computer skills to the process of planning and developing a site for the World Wide Web. A general overview of the World Wide Web, online research, navigation trends and Internet nomenclature will be followed by a hands-on introduction to web authoring tools (Dreamweaver 2 specifically), support software, storyboarding, design and file format basics. Students will format pages and create graphics, with a focus on effective communication to various audiences and careful consideration of the dynamic nature of the medium. Students will be required to work in teams of two or three, develop case-studies and references, and regularly utilize web-based resources for content creation and production. Teamwork, peer support and mentoring will be encouraged. Each student will complete a core web site at the end of the series and will contribute to a growing body of online resources for future students.

Overview of Workshops

Week 1: Hands-On Introduction to the World Wide Web

Week 2: Hands-On Introduction to the Tools

Week 3: Setting up the Structure

Week 4: Hands-On Production

Week 5: Putting it All Together

Copy Editing
Copyright and Permissions
Presentation and Navigation Refinements
Researching Related Materials and Links
FTP - File Transfer Protocol

All students are required to:

  1. Keep a zip disk with text and image documents on it for use in the lab.
  2. Use a Microsoft Word program to write, compile and edit reports and information that are destined for the web. You will be drawing from your already researched and written works and choosing sections of them for final presentation on web pages and in the V-UCSC galleries.
  3. Bring in photographs or slides for scanning, or select jpgs straight from the web using the method shown (be prepared to do a permission search for web-based jpgs).
  4. Strive for simplicity in web structure and design since content is most important element. Each core site should have an entry page, no more than four inner pages with content, an "about" page and a "links" page.

Special Note: You are encouraged to use the computer labs as much as you need to. The availability and class schedule for the Applied Sciences Lab 213 and other CATS labs can be found at:
http://wwwcatsic.ucsc.edu/Labs/.

Please feel free to contact me with questions at: devarco@cruzio.com

The main software tools we will be using:

List of Lab Tasks

Team Tasks
Web Page
   
Site Concept  
 
  • Determine web-based theme related to Internship.
  • Determine target audience (other researchers, laypeople, students, institutions, etc.) for your page.
  • Determine your preferred media & compile your images in hardcopy, jpgs or gifs.
  • Arrange major sections of your work into no more than four theme areas
Storyboarding  
 
  • Storyboard/Concept Map the sections of your site using Microsoft Word, sketch on paper or index cards (methods will be shown).
  • Sketch out or identify major design and navigation elements you want on your site - font style, original art, clip art or style templates. (We will not be using frames for class web pages unless an experienced webmaster is on your team.)
  • Arrange your site into sections as follows:
  1. Index - Title, first visual/s, site mission statement & site map
  2. About - A brief statement about you and your work. Photo is optional.
  3. Four sections - Determine which images go with which blocks of text. These pages need to be rich with content - use visuals sparingly.
  4. Links - Compile at least 10 links from the WWW to present with your web page and gallery so your work can be seen in its larger global context.
Structure Set-Up  
 
  • Set up your main files inside the main folder with the following structure (we will do this in lab):
  1. Site Art Folder - art (all jpgs or gifs will go in here)
  2. Main page - index.htm
  3. About - about.htm
  4. Inner page 1 - name1.htm
  5. Inner page 2 - name2.htm
  6. Inner page 3 - name3.htm
  7. Inner page 4 - name4.htm
  8. Links page - links.htm
Design/Content  
 
  • Size and compile all scanned images (72 dpi and no more than 25k per image) in photoshop. Place all final art in "images" folder. (Formatting will be demonstrated in class.
  • Set up a basic template for all inner pages based on your original storyboard design.
  • Page by page, integrate already prepared text and images into your simple, but elegant design. (We will go over this in class)
  • Link images to web pages.

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