Finish the textbook readings before class begins on Wednesday.
Finish going through the text-and-screenshot-based tutorial plus the three HTML and CSS video tutorials before the discussion begins on Monday. Link is here:
If you haven't already done so, download a secure FTP program and consider using something like Notepad++ to help with building your website. Even if you must use a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, type the code yourself so you gain proficiency and confidence.
Here's a quick summary of useful links:
Sometimes it's really useful to examine bad examples of a thing you're trying to do. Check out these things to avoid:
This Week's Discussion
Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:
Discussion leaders: Start the conversations by Monday at noon. 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 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!
These are due at the end of next week, so you can keep practicing as needed.
Bonus opportunity: To earn up to +25 extra credit, create a Specification document or proposal and turn it in to Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm. Include your self-analysis and points (up to 25) that you feel it deserves. Use this checklist.
Bonus opportunity coming up in 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.
Bonus opportunity: No required peer-review this week, but perform one and turn it in for bonus points! To earn up to +5 extra credit, provide your partner with a good peer-review of their Specification document or proposal before this Wednesday's class - earlier is better!
When you have completed your responses, turn in the peer-review that you wrote for your partner's project in the appropriate Blackboard assignment slot ("Specification or Proposal Peer Review").
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Last updated 8/24/2015.