The Internet: Implications for Teaching and Learning
Our principal project in Dr. Waugh’s IT 575 course was to create a portfolio website that contained our activities from the course. A content management system (CMS) like Drupal or Moodle will actually dynamically generate code around user-created content. In this course, we focused on understanding what the code is. Specifically, we worked on understanding HTML and how it’s used to apply a visual format to information.
My IT 575 portfolio site actually remains online at this juncture, although it hasn’t seen any modification since Summer 2006, so it’s a little dated. It includes links to all the activities we participated in during this course (in the lefthand navigation menu on the linked site, under “Activities”).
Aside from the projects themselves, this class was really interesting to me because it also “met” online. We presented sites during scheduled group meeting times, and participants used moderated turn-taking in order to avoid stepping all over each others’ toes. This was the first class I ever took that featured an online component, and it was very valuable in helping me begin to learn what sorts of differences exist between online and face-to-face course.