Posted on January 26, 2009
Web design updates
I’ve been spending a lot of time updating our advanced Web design course. While it’s known around my college as “the Flash course,” we actually spend the first five weeks on CSS and XHTML. Students have already completed a prerequisite in which they learned the basics and built a small Web site from scratch. However, there are still some rough edges on their understanding of best practices.
This year I’m using Delicious links for the first time as a supplement to the course. In addition to tagging each bookmark with keywords such as “typography” or “navigation” or “webdesign,” I’m also tagging these with the course number, “mmc4341.” This makes it easy for students to check only the bookmarks I saved specifically for their benefit.
One of my colleagues went one better in this kind of strategic tagging: He’s adding tags for “week1,” “week2,” etc., so that his Delicious bookmarks become a standard, reusable part of his syllabus.