Assignments

Digital Publishing will be based on a 100-point grading scale. All elements will be due online at at start of class on the dates given in the schedule. No credit will be given for late assignments or assignments that do not meet minimum requirements.

Your grade in this class is determined by your work on a variety of projects and one midterm exam. Please check the schedule for due dates.


Online portfolio: 5%

You should have a spot on the Web where people can quickly find essential information about you. You can use one of these options: Muckrack; Clippings.me; or Pressfolios. At a minimum, your portfolio should include:

In addition, it is highly recommended that you upload any publications or examples of great class work.

Important: In order to be graded for this assignment, you MUST add a link on your TU home page to your portfolio.


Blog: 25% (Ongoing throughout semester)

You will set up and maintain your own individual blog for the course at Wordpress.com. You should use the Twenty Sixteen theme (note: that is not a typo.)

Your blog's focus must be related to your semester-long project topic and not be about your progress in completing the project. Blog content should be completely different from your website content -- the two are designed to be complementary. Having a hard time coming up with an idea? Read How to Choose a Niche Topic for Your Blog

A total of 5 posts is expected (each post is worth 5 points toward your 25 point grade). You will get credit for no more than one post per week. Posts must be published no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday of each week.

Each blog post must:

Other requirements:

Each post will be graded on content, mechanics, and the quality and relevance of the link(s). The following grade scale will be used:

 

1

The blog post falls short of the word limit, omits required elements or is not posted by deadline.

2

The blog post is mostly description or summary of the linked material, with little value added by the author's comments, photo, video, links, etc. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.

3

The blog post is reasonably focused, quickly explaining and linking to the current news item, then offering comments, photo, video, links that are at least indirectly connected to it. The post reflects moderate engagement with the topic.

4

The blog post is focused, quickly explaining and linking to the current news item, then offering comments, photo, video, links that offer specific and usable information that ties directly to the news item. The post considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.

5

All of the above, exceptionally well crafted.

 


Midterm exam: 20%

There will be one exam this semester. It will focus on your ability to create Web pages using HTML. You must know HTML exactly to get credit for that portion of the exam; no credit will be given for incorrect code.


Online package: 50% (Due in stages throughout semester)

You will produce original multi-page Web sites presenting information on a topic of your choice. Choose a topic that you already know about and have interest in because you will be immersing yourself in this subject for the rest of the course. Do NOT choose a topic related to restaurants, bars, nightclubs or geographical locations such as neighborhoods.

Keep in mind that the topic you choose should have resources available during the semester to be photographed. So be realistic in your topic choice. Also, you will be writing about your topic in an ongoing blog. Make sure you pick a topic where you can find fresh content online or in the news to discuss in each week's blog post.

You will research your topic and create all content yourself. This includes all photos, video and text.
Deliverables for this project include:


Topic & resource list: 5%

This assignment is the blueprint for your semester's work. It has several components to it. The more time you spend on each of them now, the better your project will turn out. Please structure your assignment to follow these questions, in order:

  1. What is the focus of your project? This should not just be a topic, but a clearly defined narrow slice of a topic, and one that is not already covered extensively by websites and blogs.
  2. What is the purpose of your project? Is it to entertain, to inform, to help? How will you accomplish that purpose?
  3. Who is your audience? Like No. 1 above, this should be a clearly defined group of people, not "everyone" or "all food lovers," for instance.
  4. Your website will have an introductory page, and two pages that focus on key aspects of the focus you have chosen. What do you envision those pages to be?
  5. What multimedia elements will you use, and how would each complement the project?
  6. How will your blog complement the website? Give at least three examples of the types of blog posts you envision writing. The more detail, the better.
  7. List at least five blogs or news websites that you will include in your blogroll.

While your answers do not constitute a contract, you should stick to them as much as possible to keep you on track.

 

Hypertext: 10%

Your website is the centerpiece of your semester project. It should contain useful and relatively timeless information on your topic. Your text must total at least 750 total words, split into an introduction page and at least two subpages. Be sure to include word counts on each page.

For example, if your topic is local universities going "green," an introduction page may give basic information on the topic. One subpage could focus on transportation alternatives provided by local schools, including shuttles and Zipcar rentals. The other subpage could focus on unique recycling practices on local campuses (e.g., competitions, etc.) While your text can be based on existing material, I highly encourage you to do your own research so you have something unique to offer readers.

Your introduction page text MUST include links to each subpage. Each subpage MUST include at least two external links that add to the value of your content. Indicate all your links like this: (links to http://whatever.com/page.html).

Navigation text, resource link text page headlines and text from other sources do not count toward your total word count.

 

HTML/CSS produced pages: 20%

Each page will be written using HTML and CSS. Pages must be of a two- or three-column format. They can be created and edited using Adobe Dreamweaver. You will start with a CSS/HTML template (a responsive one is best), but you must modify it to get full credit.

For full credit, your project will include these elements (not including the rest of the outlined deliverables) with files named as specified. If I cannot find a file by the specified name, I will give you no grade for it:

An introduction page, named index.html.

At least two subpages related to your topic, named subpage1.html and subpage2.html. Each must have one or more original photos.

A page holding your map and any other multimedia not embedded on your subpages. You are encouraged to embed your Storify on this page once you have finished it. This page should be named media.html.

On each page, horizontal or vertical site navigation to your introduction page, subpages, blog (other links are optional). Each page must link to every other page in your project.

On each page, a banner that includes the name or topic of your site and links to your project home page.

On each page, your contact and copyright information (preferably at the bottom of each page).

On each page, a unique page title.

Multimedia (15%)

You have your choice of the following to get the remaining 15 points for your Web project. Only three will be counted toward your grade:

1) Original photos: 5%

You will take photographs related to your topic and place at least five photos directly onto your Web pages. Each photo should be well composed and exposed AND should show people involved in activities related to the topic.

2) Map: 5%

You will plot locations important to your topic onto a Google map (be sure to login with a Gmail account and not your TU account). Your map needs a good title that will help people find it online. You should have a minimum of 10 locations on the map, each with explanatory text and a working link to a related Web site, article or blog post (NOTE: The basic website link that Google supplies does NOT meet this requirement). Points of interest should be zoomed in and centered in the map window. Your map should be embedded into one of the subpages of your Web project, and it should provide the option to click to a larger version.

3) Storify: 5%

You will create a Storify with at least 10 entries from at least three different types of sources (e.g., Twitter, YouTube, Flickr). At least one of the pieces must be a video. These should be tied together on a single theme, come from a variety of sources and include a variety of media. Please read the tutorial on creating a good Storify before working on this. If you want to constrain the size of your Storify, use a scroll box.

4) Timeline: 5%

You will create a timeline using at least 10 dates to show important developments in your topic area. These should not refer to events that have will occur in the future. You can use any tool you want to, but it is suggested you start here.

5) Custom logo: 5%

Using the software or online site of your choosing (Canva is a good starting point), create a logo for your project and use it on each page.

You may edit elements after they have been turned in, but not for a change in grade. Assignments that do not meet the minimum requirements, are turned in past the due date or not uploaded to the proper directories will not be graded, and you will receive a grade of ZERO.