What is Website Development?
Website development is a comprehensive course which covers concepts in web development and hands on training in using Dreamweaver web development software. Concepts covered include: web development cycle, usability & accessibility, ethics and other topics.
Note: If you just want to create a web page and don't care about learning the overall concepts associated with developing web sites, don't take this course! There are plenty of free web site and blogging sites that have predefined templates and wizards where you just drop in your content, which require no knowledge of web site development. Go use them and don't waste your time with this course.
However, if you want to learn how and why of creating web sites from the ground up and create your own layout and visual appeal, then this is the course for you!
When and Where
For Spring 2015: Tentative calendar
- Distance Learning Section: Lessons may be completed anytime, anywhere according to the class schedule, but you MUST set aside time each and every week to complete the lessons and assignments.
- Classroom Section: Class will meet on Fridays from 8:30-11:00am
Recommended preparation for course
Needed Computer Skills
Before taking this course you should be proficient in the following skills:
- File Management Skills
- Navigating to folders
- Copying, moving, deleting files
- KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE SAVING YOUR FILES
- Working with compressed folders (zipped files)
- Common User Access Skills
- Selecting text, images and other elements
- Copying, cutting, pasting
- Saving files
- Opening files
If you don't have these skills, please drop the course and take ICS100 or ICS101 first.
- Strong reading and comprehension skills - or ability to use screen readers
- Critical/logical thinking skills
Textbook & Software
Online resources will be posted to the course calendar instead of a print textbook.
- In the classroom section. Dreamweaver CC or Dreamweaver CS6 will be used in the classroom. No need to purchase any software
- For the online section, students have a choice of using
- If you already have previous versions of Dreamweaver - CS4, CS5, CS5.5 or CS6, you may use one of those. Older versions may not have all the tools available. Unfortunately, these versions are now unavailable for purchase. Dreamweaver CS6 is available for use on WCC's campus and some online stores may still have it available.
- Dreamweaver CC - this is a monthly subscription from Adobe. Single App subscription is $30/month - cancel at anytime. As a student you can also get the entire Adobe CC suite for $240 per year. They do have some plans where you can pay monthly, but you can not cancel before the end of the year. After the year is over if you want to use the software, you have to pay for another year. If you are no longer a student, the price is astronomical.
- Microsoft Expression Web 4 is available for Windows operating system (and should be able to run on Macs if Windows is installed with Bootcamp or Parallels. It is available for free from Microsoft. Purchasing Windows is considerably cheaper than paying for Dreamweaver CC.
- Other web software approved by the instructor that is visual development and preferably allows building dynamic templates. (Dynamic templates update all pages based on the template when the template changes).
Distance Learning Section
Students who succeed in distance learning classes, set aside time each and every week to work on the course. These students do the lessons before completing the assignments, email questions to the instructor, and do not wait until the due date to work on lessons and assignments. Also check UH email frequently (at least several times a week.)
It is easy to get behind in a distance learning class, if you skip a week. Then it can become overwhelming to get caught up.
If Laulima is down or slow (such as Sunday nights) the lessons, exercises and website project instructions can be accessed directly from my website. I recommend bookmarking this page:
Students are more successful when they attend each and every class session. Successful students who need to be absent also take the time to make up the work within a reasonable time.
The instructor of this course LOVES questions. She never thinks that any question is stupid. She thinks that students who ask questions are SMART. Students who ask questions - SUCCEED. So if you think that if you ask questions the teacher will think you are dumb or be upset with your questions, forget those worries. Teachers learn how to improve their courses by students asking questions. So...