Class 1 (September 6/7): Introduction and the Guts of the Net
Introduction; Web site and syllabus; how to log in if you have to; fundamentals of Mac OS X; stupid OS X tricks; oh, the software you'll use; shortcuts; the Internet.
Class 2 (September 13/14): The Internet
The Internet continued; domain names; file paths and URLs; Internet research tools; finding people for fun and profit; mailing lists; Usenet; government resources, online publications, and wire services.
• E-Mail Interview Assignment (due Class 7)
Class 3 (September 20/21) E-Mail
Internet sources; anatomy of an e-mail; reading e-mail headers; e-mail interviews.
Class 4 (September 27/28): Electronic Publishing
Web sites and how to get one; how to buy and set up a domain; content and purpose; writing for the Web; blogs; good and bad Web design.
Class 5 (October 4/5): HTML I
HTML and elements; HTML editors and Dreamweaver; building blocks of a simple Web page; WYSIWYG vs. old-world handcraftsmanship.
• Personal Web Page (due Class 8)
Class 6 (October 11/12): HTML II
HTML design elements and redundancy; anchors and links; the important target="_blank" attribute; Web site and file management/architecture.
Class 7 (October 18/19): Design, Styles, and Columns
CSS; tables and frames vs. CSS; site templates; favicons.
Class 8 (October 25/26): Social Media
Twitter; Facebook; Skype; YouTube; other social media.
• Twitter Assignment (due Class 10)
Class 9 (November 1/2): And More
Multimedia stories; more on blogs; embedding; forms; tracking visitors; ads and affilations; syndication, a.k.a. RSS; the big bucks.
Class 10 (November 8/9): Online Collaboration
Crowdsourcing; Google Docs.
• Crowdsourcing/Collaboration Assignment (due Class 12)
Class 11 (November 15/16): Still Images and the Web
Images and file types; resolutions; copyright and legal issues; royalty-free and public-domain art; using art online.
Class 12 (November 22/23): Infographics and Soundslides
Infographics in theory and practice; ManyEyes; Google Maps; Soundslides.
• Soundslides Assignment (due by 11:59 p.m. on December 1)
Class 13 (November 29/30): Epilogue
Slop time to work on Soundslides and anything we left out.