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Presenting Basic Web Technology To Undergraduate Students Through The Creation Of Student Web Sites

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Computers in Education Poster Session

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8.940.1 - 8.940.6



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Stephen Yau

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Presenting Basic Web Technology to Undergraduate Students through the Creation of Student Web Sites

Tom Wulf

College of Applied Science, University of Cincinnati


A one-quarter, undergraduate course in Web technology is described in which Information Technology students learn XHMTL, CSS, HTTP basics, Web site design, and implementation. Students re-enforce their knowledge of this material through a series of assignments in which they incrementally create personal Web sites. The Web sites created by the students persist after the course and this provides increased student motivation and interest in the material.

This course covers the basics of Web technology including the HTTP protocol, XHTML and CSS, ADA Guidelines and Web Design methods. There is no required text for this course1. Instructor lectures are presented in class and are available in MS power point format on the course’s Blackboard (Bb) Web site for pre/re view along with a great deal of supplemental material. Some excellent Web-based tutorials on a 3rd party Web site 2 are assigned in lieu of textbook readings. Student assignments iteratively build on one another to cover the complete range of XHMTL and CSS syntax by requiring the student to create a personal Web page on the University server. This page persists after the completion of the course as long as the student remains at the University. I find that the creation of a lasting personal home page serves to motivate students with an enthusiasm that goes beyond what I normally see in my classes.

XHTML best practice is emphasized and students are required to test their XHTML code for compliance by using a validation utility as they complete each assignment.3 They are also required to test their work for compliance with ADA design guidelines using the Bobbie4 validation tool.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Yau, S. (2003, June), Presenting Basic Web Technology To Undergraduate Students Through The Creation Of Student Web Sites Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12668

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