Web page design for educators
I generated the following tips to help teachers/facilitators/professors get their professional pages up and running.  The web has come quite a ways since I composed this, but I think it is still a helpful checklist and a source of good ideas.

Note that the following are options for what might be, not what should be.  Use these lists and tips as templates or inventories.  They are not guidelines.



Features of a teacher's web site

I will not address formatting of these sections.  Typically an organization scheme will emerge from the content once you have it all in place.


Features of individual course pages

Again, formatting is up to you.


Example Syllabus
Course 1001
Course Name
Spring, 2004

Instructor: name
Phone:  (123) 555-7890
Email Address:
Office: Rm 101, Building
Office Hours:

Textbook(s)
Texts required, optional, and/or other supplies (software, graph paper, etc.).

Prerequisites
Courses to have been taken or which must be taken concurrently.

Attendance & Participation
Policy and effect on final grade, etc.

Class Rules
No food or drink allowed, etc.

Policy on Academic Misconduct
Example: No cheating will be tolerated.  Anyone caught cheating (all forms) will receive a failing grade for the course.  This includes plagiarizing another studentís lab report or by copying from the lab manual without proper citations.

Policy on Disability Accommodations
Compliance with Section 504 the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  Please present your written request before the 12th class day so that necessary arrangements may be made.

Miscellaneous Notes
Other items.  For example:
-Policy on late assignments
-Make-up policy
-Extra credit policy.

Course schedule
Sequence of topics by week, etc.


Those are the most general things I see on these sorts of pages.  There are a lot of discipline-specific things you could include, but this is just a general template to get you started.  If you need any help, feel free to email me.

Concerns About Web Sites

Some things to be aware of when creating your site:


Some general tips
  • One of the teachers I helped put on-line said that the best advice I gave her was to ignore all the fancy stuff and to just write the text. In other words, forget what the web site will eventually look like, and worry about the meat of the site. You can't really paint a house until you've finished building it, so don't even start looking for graphics until you have an idea what purpose the aesthetics will likely to serve.

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