Hello, everybody. Welcome to English 460 & 560 --
- I think we've gotten everybody into Moodle now.
Please read over the syllabus
carefully. I'm still designing the course. The
assignments and due dates are pretty well fixed. I
still need to complete the readings and expand the details
for the individual assignments.
- I'm still developing this course, so I'd like your
feedback to help me make sure it gives you what you
need. We'll concentrate on the current frontier of
technical communication, communicating online. I
have been teaching students to create web sites since
1996, and have a number of these posted in by English 303
links if you want to take a look.
- Since this is an English class, our focus will be on writing. In Computer
Science, the focus would be on raw coding. In Art,
it would be design. My son the musician just had a
couse focusing on recording music electronically and
posting it online. So here are my goals:
- That you learn to design and compose documents to be
- That you create a personal web site where you can post
your resume and other materials you create to be an
online portfolio. You can use the the space
provided by the university OR one of the free blogs by
services like Wordpress.
- That you will be able in your job to match documents
you create to the style that the organization uses.
- That you have a general idea about maintaining a web
site. The English Dept here got a professional to
design our site, but I have been maintaining it since
since we got it in 2008. It's a great boon to job
security to be the only one who knows how to update the
web site without breaking it :-)
- If you enjoy working with HTML, other opportunities
become available down the road after this class is
over. You can write ebooks and by-pass publishers
using free software like Sigil
to make books in .epub format, which is essentially a
web page that's been zipped. You can also create
content-focused apps for smart phones, since the content
can be in html form.
- For our purposes, any good HTML editor will be
fine. You can pay a lot of money for Dreamweaver if
you like, but there are some very serviceable FREE
programs that do most of the formatting for you. I'm
writing this page with Seamonkey,
a free suite that includes a browser and an HTML editor.
Many of the free services have themes to choose from in
designing your site. I've stopped counting the
number of ways people produce HTML. I personally have
Aptana Studio 3, Atom, Blogger, Brackets, CKEditor,
CoffeeCup, Dreamweaver, HxD, Microsoft Expression,
Notepad++, SeaMonkey, NoteTab Light, PageBreeze 5, Sublime
Text, Windows Live Writer, and WordPress. I only use
a few regularly, but I try out the others from time to
time to see how they work. And don't forget
MailChimp for designing and sending mailouts.