All Web Projects
Before saying anything else, I should remind you of the importance
of content. All the pretty graphics in the world, all the wav.files
and Quicktime movies, are not going to help you or your project if you
have nothing to say, or if you don't say it well. As with any paper
you would produce for a college level course, your website should have
a worthwhile and significant thesis, an effective organization,
appropriate documentation of sources, and some good, clear writing.
With web projects, you may work individually or in
While organizing, drafting, and revising your own web project, it is
essential that you follow the guidelines below. You may also wish to consult
other evaluative, instructional, or "Netiquette" sites; some of these can
be found by following links from the Learning Tools
page. But generally, like other useful sites to be found on the Net, your
sites should conform to the following standards:
Clarity of purpose
Ease of navigation, reading, and use
Validity of informational content
Usefulness and significance of informational content
Conformity with site ethos and appearance
Other course-specific requirements:
All web-projects should make clearly visible the names of the student or
students involved, a working e-mail address, the name of the course and
of your instructor. All should include the date you created the page
(and most recent update, if applicable).
- The "splash page" or first page for your site should be saved as"your
initials+proj.html". Mine would be jmdproj.html, for example.
All other parts or pages should be saved with the same initials
and an appropriate abbreviation (no capitalization or spaces, please).
The only exceptions to this important rule are images that appear
on all the project sites (image37.jpg, celt.gif, henge.gif, and firering.gif).
- The splash page should at least contain a hyperlink to your course
materials page (http://www.auburn.edu/~downejm/220-00.html)
and probably one to the Pretty Good Books web page (http://www.auburn.edu/~downejm/prtygdbk.html).
It should also contain links to other sections of your own project.
- In the interest of some conformity of appearance, your splash page (at
least) should use one of the same background images (image37.jpg or celt.gif)
and (perhaps) one of the same heading graphics (firering.gif or henge.gif).
After the splash page, you can do whatever works best for you and for your
material. One course site that did not maintain this kind of conformity—and
thus seemed a hodgepodge—is viewable at http://www.auburn.edu/~downejm/readings.html.
All web-projects should be turned in on a 3.5" disk, ready for publication
to the Web. Grades will be reduced in accordance with the amount of tinkering
I have to do. I will plan to launch them on my own web account with new
links from our course webpages. (You may, of course, publish them
on your own website as well.)
This page is a learning tool provided by
Jeremy M. Downes
Department of English
All material is presented for educational purposes
Please contact me with any comments
Last update: August 24, 2000