Introduction

As an information professional it is almost certain that you will be required to play an instructional role sometime in your career, perhaps daily. It is also likely that you will be asked to create a Website for your institution. This assignment brings those two elements together. In this assignment you will be creating an instructional website to educate high-school or college students (choose one group) on a topic at issue in this course.

Create a Draft of Your Website

Begin by selecting an issue under discussion in this class. Then choose your target audience: high-school students, undergraduate or graduate-level college students.

Create a website that will give the students a basic understanding of the topic. The website must include links to online readings, a homework assignment, and instructions for an in-class exercise.

Be sure to include the elements that we have discussed in your pages: head and body tags, a title (for the colored band at the top of the page), a header, and metadata tags. Use Div tags in concert with a cascading style sheet to format your pages in a manner that makes the visual organization evident.

Be sure to check all of your links to be sure that they work. Re-check them on a computer other than the one used to create them. Some links involving search engines work only as long as the target website is already in the cache.

Your website should include several pages:

Main page
This page is your welcome page. It should include a basic overview of the topic and clearly-marked links to the other pages of your website.
Readings
This page should include links to the online readings. There should be a section of the page for required readings and one for optional readings. Full bibliographic citations should be given for the readings if chapters of books, conference papers, or journal articles. For online essays that do not have traditional bibliographic data such as page numbers give as much information as possible such personal or corporate author(s) and date written or posted (if known), and the name of the organization sponsoring the website where the item is posted. Readings should be serious scholarly works, not corporate advertisements, blogs, or tweets.
Homework
This should reflect the philosophy of active learning. What activity would allow the student to experience the ramifications of the issue at hand?
In-Class Exercise
The exercise should allow each student to interact both with the topic and with his or her peers in a meaningful way. If you plan to have an in-class discussion you will likely get better responses if you give the students the questions ahead of time so that they can think about and verbalize their thoughts.

When you have finished a full draft of your website, send the full URL to your instructor via e-mail. A full URL includes the protocol (http:) at the beginning. For example, the full URL for this Web page is:

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~donnab/infocomm/instruct_website.html

Provide Constructive Comments on Two of Your Colleagues' Websites

Once links have been provided to drafts of your colleagues' websites select two of the websites created.

Analyze each of the two websites in light of the objectives of the authors. You can use the evaluation criteria below to help you evaluate them.

Post constructive comments regarding the two websites on the course Laulima site. Be sure to include things that you appreciated about the site. Constructive comments might include additional resources that the author might consider. If the text of a link is unclear give possible additions or changes.

Finalize Your Website

Keeping in mind the comments of your colleagues, revise and finalize the content and form of your website.

Inform your instructor via e-mail that the website is finished, again sending the full URL of the website.

Evaluation Criteria

Content

Technical Requirements


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