Finish the textbook readings before the discussion begins on Monday.
Get started with this tutorial, which includes three HTML and CSS video tutorials, right away. If you feel nervous or are having trouble, these walk you through the process of the HTML and CSS tutorials so you'll feel confident building a basic website! Link is here:
Before you get started, it's a good idea to download a secure FTP program and consider using something like Notepad++ to help make the tutorial easier to follow, and for later building your website. Here's a quick summary of useful website-building links:
This Week's Discussion
Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:
Discussion leaders: Start the conversations by Wednesday morning this week due to Fall Break. Everyone else: Get involved right away, but feel free to continue dropping in to read and respond to new posts throughout the week. Everyone is required to lead at least one discussion, and everyone is required to participate in these discussions by posting useful responses to the student leaders' prompts, or at least in response to other comments in the discussion forum. Your participation level - even when not leading discussions - strongly affects your semester grade, so get fully engaged every week!
Graphics exercise due to your peer-reviewer this Thursday by noon - earlier is better! Revised version due to Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm.
Upcoming bonus opportunity, due week 11: Website (team or individual project). Build a team in class (or, if you have to miss, post to the Discussion Forum called "Website teams") for working on the Website assignment; this can be a team or individual project, whichever you prefer, though I expect more from a team, of course. Not required, but a great opportunity to earn up to +25 bonus points while applying all you've learned in the HTML and CSS tutorials.
After completing each assignment, make sure to back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a Web service like Dropbox) before you turn it in or send it to your peer-review partner. Even if you are late creating a project, you can often avoid getting zero points for that assignment by completing it and turning it in to Blackboard late. Be aware that turning in late projects could harm your peer-review partner's score, as well, so be thoughtful.
Upload to Blackboard only after you address your peer-review partner's suggestions.
EDIT: Another Bonus Opportunity: Just about everyone
turned in the
New Tech Report team project on time, but I noticed that no one
turned in a peer review for this project. So a present: I'm giving
everyone more time so you have a chance to raise the
quality of your project and earn some bonus points by performing a
Each person must turn in these documents to your own Blackboard in order to earn bonus points. You can perform the peer-critique as a team or alone, but only those who turn in the critique documents get bonus points.
Six easy steps to success:
Because I really want to encourage you to perform a peer-review of this, I'm giving you more time:
New due date for the finished project: 5:00pm Sunday, October 18. (I'll only score the most-recently uploaded files as of this coming Sunday evening.)
Bonus opportunity: Exchange the Graphics exercise with a partner and turn in a peer review to earn up to +3 bonus points!
When you have completed your responses to the project you are reviewing, turn in the peer-review that you wrote for your partner's project in the appropriate Blackboard assignment slot ("Graphics Exercise Peer Review").
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Last updated 10/12/2015.