New TA Mini-Web-Workshop
As I'm sure you all know, or will soon, education has embraced the Web. Most departments have initiatives for putting classes on the Web. DEIL, and thus ESL, is no exception. I'm not going to lecture on the positives and negatives of developing Web resources and putting these on University servers. That would take too much time and maybe convince you that it is better not to use these.
I'm not sure were all of you are when it comes to computers and the Web. I'm going to assume that you have a basic level of competence with these. If that assumption is wrong, let me know and I'll give you some extra help.
Today we are going to make a basic Web page. I'd like it to be your class Web page. It would be a good idea to put all of the information that you can about you and your class. I know that you might not have a lot of information about the class you are going to teach, but you could at least put in your office location, office phone, and e-mail.
I have included a disk full of various graphics. These are a minute sample of what's available on the Web for free. Depending on your view of what a class Web page should be you may embrace or throwout the idea of using graphics. The less graphics, the faster your Web page will load, which is beneficial for people using modems from home. A page with well-placed graphics retains interest. You can also go to some of the Free gifs pages that I have listed below.
I'm going to show a brief presentation on using Netscape Composer (a free HTML editor packaged with the Netscape Browser). After this we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using this software and I'll give you some free alternatives. I'll also tell you about the Web page templates that are available below.
You now have about 45 - an hour to make your own Web page. I'll be walking around to assist you. If any of you are already Webmasters, please help out those who aren't. Thanks
Some Legal Issues
I should mention one thing, copyright. One thing that you have to keep in mind throughout your academic career is copyright. Nowhere is it more important than on the Web. Not many people are going to see your coursebook, but your Web page is open to the public. Not to mention, all the University pages are picked up by the popular search engines, so the chance of your pages to be seen is even greater. So, don't "borrow" pictures, articles, etc... without the permission of the owner. Enough said.
|Address||What do they have||How do I use them|
|http://www.gifs.net||animated gifs/backgrounds/etc..||Free to use|
|http://www.fg-a.com/gifs.html||animated gifs/backgrounds/etc..||You should make a link to their site|
|http://gifs123.tripod.com||animated gifs/backgrounds/etc..||Free to use|
|http://www.wilsoninfo.com/gifs.html||animated gifs/backgrounds/etc..||You should make a link to their site|
|http://www.freewebtemplates.com||Web page templates||You should make a link to their site|
|http://www.elated.com/toolbox||Web page templates||You should make a link to their site|
Putting your Web pages on the DEIL server. Go to http://www.lll.uiuc.edu/help/www_server. Since I don't know whether or not you have accounts yet (I don't think you do), I'm sure whether you will be able to use this right now. You can try though. Your ID is the same as your net ID (i.e., dacraig) and your password is the same (i.e., dacraig).
You can go a few other places for web help:
Animated Navigation Buttons
Bravenet Web - Development Tools
Netscape - HTML Tags
netCreators Icon Page
Tables in HTML
Frames in HTML
HTML Crash Course for Educators
Animated Gifs Tutorial - gif.com
Free Gifs - gif.com
Handy Tips for HTML Designers
HTML tutorial - Doug Mills
Free Webpage Provider Review 5.0
Webmonkey Reference Stylesheets Guide
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