Course objectives: The goal of this course is to learn about
and gain hands-on experience in the design and production of websites
and Multimedia Projects. Students will gain a conceptual understanding
of planning, utilizing, and evaluating network multimedia for specific
information needs. My intent is to assist in making the group experience
as rich and rewarding as possible. This is a process-oriented class
in which students are expected to participate in a collaborative
learning experience. Students will become acquainted with resources
available to support design and production of network multimedia
and develop strategies for locating such resources.
Guidelines: Network Multimedia Resource projects should
demonstrate the group's understanding of :
- Technological context/ media
Students must be aware that this course will require approx. 8
hours of time outside of the structured course hours. Students will
be required to work individually and collaboratively. I will make
myself available during the week via e-mail should the need arise,
as well as during office hours and by telephone. I will be available
by appointment as well.
- At least 2 zip disks, IBM formatted, or CDR-W's. (Since
we work here on the Mac, but will be dealing with clients that
may be working on the PC, all disks and materials should be readable
by both platforms. This also means that all files created on the
Mac should have file extension names so they may be read by PC).
- A planning book that will be turned in mid and end of
semester.This will be a guide to the planning and structure of
your project. It will contain the agenda items and action items
from your group meetings, as well as describe and explore the
possible solutions in the development of your projects.
- Web-based E-mail account. Each student is required to
have an email account. I suggest Yahoo, or Hotmail (which is free)
or any other e-mail that will allow students to retrieve their
e-mail from places other than their home computer. E-mail is the
communication of choice in this field. Since phone calls and meeting
take up time in the day, much communication between team members
and clients can be constructed using e mail and is useful in tracking
project communications, sharing ideas, and keeping all team members
apprised of development.
- Software: You may use any and all means of attaining
your goals. There is a variety of software available for you to
use through the network. I encourage use of authoring tools with
a firm awareness of HTML, and design principles. In the field,
you will be expected to be comfortable using these tools.
Those available through the network are: MSWord; PhotoShop; Illustrator;
Dreamweaver; ImageReady; Fireworks; Flash; Director, Netscape, IE
Internet utilities are available on both Mac and PC. Mac will use
Fetch to FTP; PC can use Telnet and WS_FTP LE.
Multimedia is a dynamic and changing area that incorporates the
latest in cutting edge technology and technology-supported processes.
The activities you will be participating in deliberately shift
part of the ownership for learning and performance from the instructor
to the student. You will be required to actively participate in
a variety of assessment activities, including self-assessment,
peer-assessment, and product-assessment. If you do not have much
experience in process-oriented courses or work situations, you
may find it confusing and stressful to be involved in assessing
another's work, but in the long run, you will gain immensely from
this experience. There will be times when you may feel anxious
about your progress and that of your group. There will also be
times when you feel there is too much ambiguity in the course.
These are normal emotional responses to certain phases of the
process that you and your group must work through in order to
successfully complete this course.
There are a dozen ways to do the same thing.
You will discover that each individual finds their own process
and that many of your team members may not see eye to eye. The
trick is in showing others that your way may be the best solution
and back it up with evidence and research. This is how groups
can find consensus on tough issues. If you find that your group
is having difficulty making decisions, first try and work it out
as a group, then seek instructor advice.
Hints for success: You must be willing
to actively engage in constructing your own learning and in contributing
to the learning of the other members of your group. The instructor's
role in this course will be to provide the framework and initial
guidance for the projects you will be developing. The instructor
will coach and advise your group, but you will be expected to
solve your own problems both in terms of product and process.
Along the way, your ability to develop and manage multiple and
alternative perspectives on a problem will mature. As you collaborate
with the other members of your group to solve problems, you will
benefit from exchanging and reflecting upon different perspectives
and points of view.
Please pool your resources. Discover what materials
and equipment might be available to your group that you might
be unaware of. Offer your best skills to your group and discover
what skills another might be able to teach you to broaden your
skill base. Remember that previous experience is of great value
and although that experience might not be in digital media, it
may crossover and become in fact, your strength.
Copyright/ownership laws should always be obeyed
when using photos or other images that were not created by you.
Final Project (50%) (50 points)A web page or multimedia
project created by a team, working for a nonprofit organization
in the community. This will be a complete, published, professional
project that teaches, informs, entertains, or otherwise connects
customers with the client's knowledge/services/information. This
is a client driven project yet it should showcase the multimedia
production talents of the team, as individuals and as a unified
Assignments/Reviews/Misc (35%) (5 pts each)This is
a class in project management as well as production. Teams will
prepare reports and present them to the instructor and class. Students
will complete constructive reviews of each Project (including their
own) and their team experience.
Attendance (10%) More than 2 absences will affect your grade.
You are accountable both to the class as well as your teams. Missing
classes and therefore important information, may affect the success
of your project. In the final project homestretch, it will be optional
to decide where and when to meet depending on the process and progress
of your projects. However, if your group plans to meet at one members
house and you decide not to attend, that will be counted as an absence.
Students choosing the Credit/Noncredit option must earn 75% of
the possible points to earn a CR grade
Please read this page: http://www.teacherjohn.com/gateweb.html
Before using the directory.
|FTP Access Instructions:
||Web space URL: http://www.cruzio.com/~webcab10/
||Size: 80 MB total for class
||xxxxxxxxx (posted on first day of class- email
instructor for password)
This is a Unix server; Unix file and directory naming conventions
apply. This means that file and folder names can contain ONLY the
- uppercase letters A-Z lowercase letters a-z numbers 0-9
- a hyphen an underscore a dot (a period) In other words, no other
punctuation, no special characters, and NO SPACES. file names
cannot start with a dot file and folder names are case-sensitive
- You should, at all times, keep a backup copy of all work on
the server. This is a reliable, commercial server, but anything
is possible, especially when everyone in the class has the same
- This Web space is donated by Cruzio, a local Internet service
provider. Do not call Cruzio for any reason. It is not
Cruzio’s responsibility to give you technical support if you are
having problems doing your project.
If you suspect a technical problem with the Web server, Please
contact the instructor, and the instructor will contact Cruzio.
Once this class is over, the Web space will be cleared out. Please
make sure you have backed up your work for your individual portfolios,
and that the client has received a digital copy of the work you
have done for them.
Students can upload from home or wherever. If uploading from the
Cabrillo lab, due to the way their connection works, you may need
to toggle the "passive mode transfer" setting in your FTP program.
This is true for getting past most firewalls.
Please Note: The 80 megs is an aggregate total; if it fills
no one will be able to upload. Do not store uncompressed multimedia
files on the server. If you are uploading a flash file for instance,
the only file you will need to upload is the .swf file. Backup the
.fla file on a zip disk, or other media storage disk.