C2 – Social Web – Week 04

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Assessment 1

Please complete the attached assessment task and upload on MyKangan by the due date.

C2 – Assessment 1 SNS

You can work on the assessment in class.

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C1 – Design Simple Webpage Layouts – Week 04

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Today’s Class

  • Follow up
  • Dreamweaver – Session 2
  • Feedback

Follow up on Previous Assessment and Work

How has everybody faired with the Assessment on Accessibility? It is due today, so please upload in class.

Please upload in ICA40311-ICTITW4N-ITGEN-2013-ICAWEB414A-DESIGN SIMPLE WEB PAGE LAYOUTS (sorry about the lengthy code).

Dreamweaver – Session 2

We will continue the Dreamweaver training on Adobe TV’s Webdesign Channel.

Adobe TV – Learn Dreamweaver CS5 & CS5.5

Creating new documents (5:23)

Adding structure to text (8:36)

Managing Assets in Dreamweaver (13:13)

Placing Images on the Page (7:44)

We worked to Managing Assets in Dreamweaver. Please watch the last video before next class.

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C1 – Design Simple Webpage Layouts – Week 03

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment 1 – Accessibility
  • Dreamweaver – Session 1
  • Feedback

Assessment 1 – Accessibility

We will read through this task together please click on the link to download the file. Follow the in-class discussion and make sure that you understand each question or ask the teacher in the presentation!

Assessment 1 – Accessibility

The assessment is due next week!

Dreamweaver – Session 1

We will commence Dreamweaver training. We will use the video tutorials provided on Adobe TV’s Webdesign Channel, but I would like you to open this online PDF to get you started: A Beginner’s Cookbook to Dreamweaver.

Adobe TV – Learn Dreamweaver CS5 & CS5.5

All numbers are the duration of the videos in minutes.

I do not expect that we will work past the 4th video, but students who are more advanced are welcome to work ahead.

Getting Started: What is Dreamweaver CS5? (3:23)

Note: Before you view ‘Defining a new Site’ create a folder with the name dw website and subfolder by the names: assets, CSS, images, notes, scripts and video.

Defining a new Site (4:42)

In class we worked up to here! We will continue with Dreamweaver next week.

Creating new documents (5:23)

Adding structure to text (8:36)

Managing assets in Dreamweaver (13:13)

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Multimedia Industry – Class 7

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment Work
  • Feedback

Assessment Work

Today’s class will be used for assessment work.

Assessment 1

If you had trouble getting responses from businesses please do a refined Google search including your questions with the terms print industry (or similar: Print sector, print employment, print employee, etc). Look for articles and posts about  the print industry and the employment opportunites.

Next formulate your answers to your questions based on your findings. Always state your source of information.

Assessment 2

First look up the definition for the term in question. Fill in the textbook definition, write down the source (book title, author, publisher and year or URL/web address of web page and next write your own definition. There are 47 terms to look up in total. You will need 30 correct answers for a COM.

A tipp: If you cannot find the correct term, do a Google search and include words like:

  • printing terms
  • printing terminology
  • printing industry
  • printing vocabulary

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C1 – Design a Website – Week 06

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment 2
  • Inspirations
  • Webdesign with Photoshop 960 Grid System
  • Feedback

Assessment 2

Today you will receive Assessment 2.

For the moment I would like you to commence the first two tasks of the assessment:

Instructions:

Based on your brief that you have developed for   assessment 1 develop a concept for a web site with 5 pages, including   e-business aspects: the user must be able to purchase units online. PayPal is   a good option for this, include a PayPal logo and a PayPal payment option   (visually).

Task 1:

Describe each of the 5 pages. Include a page title and a list of keyword suggestions.

Task 2:

Sketch out each page! Create a minimum of 10 wire frame sketches. This means 2 concepts per page.

Create these sketches by hand and scan your sketches and supply as an attachment or paste into Word document.

Inspirations

Some inspirations you will simply find in the artwork and design work of current practitioners and past masters. For current designers you want to look at sites and magazines such as Computer Arts and Computer Arts Projects, MashableDesign Envy and Dzineblog are just a few inspiring resources.

Below are links and descriptions of some styles and movements that I relate to very much:

  • Swiss International Style
  • Constructivism (often called Russian Constructivism)
  • Vietnames Propaganda Poster

I highly recommend reading up on each and particularly looking at examples of the works. It is good to find out what stylistic choices each movement made and what ideas were big in their days.

Swiss International Style - Joseph Müller-Brockmann - Beethoven - found at www.designhistory.com

Swiss International Style – Joseph Müller-Brockmann – Beethoven Concert Poster – found at http://www.designhistory.com

Contemporary design in style of Construcitvism by Teo Brito found at LauraGreen92 - click image for more information and link to her blog

Contemporary design in style of Constructivism by Teo Brito found at LauraGreen92 – click image for more information and link to her WordPress blog

It is fine to be inspired by other artist’s and designer’s work. Actually, you should look for greatness in other works and reference their works. This is done by paying a tribute to the original artist in form of a homage.

Looking at some bad website might be a good idea to know what possibly to avoid: http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com

Webdesign with Photoshop – 960 Grid System

In-class workshop. We will continue to apply the grid system to a website design. This time we will apply the grid to a gallery. The design will depend on your choices of layout and number of thumbnails that you want to feature.

Screenshot - applying 960 Grid 12 Col layout from 960 Grid System

Screenshot – In-class Tutorial: Applying 960 Grid 12 Col layout from 960 Grid System

  1. Access the 960 Grid System site: http://960.gs/ and download their 960 Grid System Templates by pressing the ‘Big ol’ Download Button’. This will start the download of a comprehensive folder by Nathan Smith with 960 Grid System templates and plug-ins for Photoshop, DreamWeaver and many other programs.
  2. In template>Photoshop open the 960_grid_12_col template
  3. Save the file under a new name and in your class folder.
  4. Make sure the guides are visible (Command+; or Ctrl+;)
  5. Add horizontal guides (View>New Guide) at 245px, 255px, 265px, 500px, 510px, 520px, 755px, 765px, 775px and 1010px. Lock your guides (View>Lock Guides or Alt+Ctrl+;) These guides will make it easier to arrange your content and to allow for 10px margins.Setting the grid up.Setting the grid up.
  6. Use the M (Rectangular Marquee) Tool to create spaces for a banner, text content, image content and a menu. Fill the spaces with colour (Shift+F5). Place each on individual layers. Name the layers (banner, text content, etc)
  7. Place images (File>Place). Make sure that they are located on top of the layers with the colourboxes.
  8. Create Clipping Masks: make sure the banner image sits on top of the banner layer (with the colour space). Have only the layer with the image selected and right click on the active layer (beside the name of the layer) and click on Create Clipping Mask. Your image should take on the dimensions of the layer  below. – Alternatively you could use the short cut Ctrl+Alt+G (Cmd+Alt+G).Concept for Gallery ScrenshotConcept for Gallery Screenshot

The 960_grid_12_col template is based on 12 columns. You can then place your text and images over 1, 2, 3 or more columns. The grid system allows you to organise your website in a visually pleasing way.

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Multimedia Production – Class 5

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment 1
  • Discuss Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 is a planning assessment. Your focus will be on creating an interactive PDF for an event of your choice. Assessment 2 will then focus on the creation of the interactive PDF. We will go through the steps of creating the interactive PDF in the next 2 weeks.

Assessment 1 MM Production The Event

Below is an example of the Experience Planner completed in class: Experience Planner- filled in partly after class 04.

Discuss Assessment 1

Assessment 1 requires of you to plan an interactive PDF for an event of your choice. Assessment 1 will not require for you to create this interactive PDF, you will just plan for it.

Example of interactive PDFs: Adobe Magazine, Font Magazine, Know-It-All Guidebook to King West, Vektoria Magazine, Blanket Magazine Revolution Art Magazine, Revolution Art Issue 40,

Ideas for Events, Style and Feel

Look at the text for class 5 for ideas for events: Multimedia Production – Class 4

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C1 – Design a Website – Week 05

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment 1
  • Example of Web Sketches and Wire Frames
  • Feedback

Assessment 1

Please continue your work on Assessment 1. You will need to supply 2 sketches, which are also referred to as wire frame sketches. When developing your sketches think of an overall layout for your webpage. You can look at 960 Grid System  and The Grid System for inspiration on how to divide a page based  on a grid system.

Look here for examples of sketches: Speckyboy Design Magazine.

It is due in 1 week – Friday, 30/8/13 5:30pm.

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C1 – Design a Website – Week 04

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Today’s Class

  • The W3 Consortium
  • Screenshots from Week 3
  • Exercise
  • Assessment 1
  • Feedback

The W3 Consortium

This is quite a fancy name  and a Google search defines consortium as:

An association, typically of business companies. So, the World Wide Web Consortium is an organisation with the aim to make the WWW a useful tool for everyone. Their aim is to maintain a standardised Internet with standardised markup languages, such as HTML, XHTML, HTML 4 and now HTML 5.

Semantic Web

One of the aims of the W3 Consortium is to create and maintain a Semantic Web. This is the aim of converting the current web, dominated by unstructured and semi-structured documents into a “web of data”.

Screenshots From Week 3

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Exercise

Get together in 4 teams of 2 to 3.

Round 1 – 20mins

You will be the client.

Client team: use your set of questions from last week (or refer to the screen shots above) and establish what type of website you need (make it up). Write down a name for your business, a product, and establish the purpose of the website.

You will have 20 mins, so do not rush and be to the point.

Round 2 – 5 mins

You are the Web development team. Agree who will be the project manager and who will be the Web designer (don’t worry about the titles, it is just a role play.) For approximately 5 minutes agree on a set of questions that you want to ask a client. You only have 5 minutes, because you have developed the questions last week.

Round 3 – 30mins

2 teams are Web development teams, the 2 other teams are clients.

Web developers: ask all necessary questions and discover what your client needs. Make sure to be pro-active and to ask every question that will help you design their site.

Client: you only answer questions. You do not give information without being asked. Do NOT show your sheet to the Web developers.

Round 4 – 30mins

Swap sides. and do the same as round 3.

Round 5 – 20mins

Sketch a concept for the front page and label the different aspects and elements (colours, buttons, navigation, etc)

Discussion

What were your experiences? What did you forget? Was it hard to include most of the information? Was it easy?

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Assessment 1

Web Design Brief Template

Here is a final web design template by the DMA – the Digital Marketing Agency: Web Design Brief Template with important questions. Please make sure to look at the examples to help you with your

Assessment 1

Download this file: C1 – Assessment 1.

It is due in 2 weeks – Friday, 30/8/13 5:30pm.

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E-Learning Class 8

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E-Learning found on: www.emedicus.co.uk

E-Learning found on: http://www.emedicus.co.uk

Assessment 2

Upload the File: Assessm2_PGA CertIV_v2

Brief

In groups of three develop an E-learning resource that allows local prep children to improve their understanding of the English Alphabet (primary aim of project). The tool should allow the children to have as much exposure to the letters as possible. You will need to develop concepts that explore letter recognition and recreation.

The secondary scope of the project is for the children to learn to type the letters in a QWERTY keyboard.

Team Work

You are required to team up in a team of up to 3 students. There is the option to work alone, but you need to inform me and get confirmation. If your name is not in the list below you need to inform me about the people in your team. Send a message to this blog with names of all the team members.

1 – Goals of the Learning Resource

The overall goal describes what the learner will be able to do after completing the instruction. What will the learner learn?

This could be:  how to write the alphabet, to sing songs in Italian, how to draw animals.

2 – Content of the Learning Resource

The content describes what will be taught in order to achieve the objectives. What content will you include in the resource? This is just a list of points.

This could be:  the alphabet will be available in different styles, animal shapes, as fruits, or the lyrics of Italian songs will be supplied, sketches of animals and photos of animals.

3 – Methods of instruction

The methods of instruction describe how the content will be taught. This is about the specific tools, that you want to use. Mention the use of supportive tools such as sound. Will there be a narrative (a story) told by a voice over or a character (eg a teddy).

How is the learner informed about what to do? What types of instructions are available?

This could be: using video resources to explain the alphabet with sing-along-songs, writing the alphabet on a touch screen by following the shape of the alphabet.

This could be:  individual letters of the alphabet need to be drawn with the finger, the singing is matched up against the original song, the shapes of the animals can be traced with the finger.

4 – Concept for the Interface

Develop the interface as a sketch in pen, pencil or mixed media. Add arrows to describe functions and colours. Scan your concept sketches and final sketch.

Format

This project needs to be submitted in digital paper format, either as a PDF, PowerPoint presentation or a Word document. Include your sketches.

Upload the file to MyKangan.

Due Date:

23/April 2013      

Example of interface interaction - Source: http://developer.android.com/design/media/swipe_views3.png

Example of interface interaction – Source: http://developer.android.com/design/media/swipe_views3.png

E-Learning Class 7

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E-Learning found on: www.emedicus.co.uk

E-Learning found on: http://www.emedicus.co.uk

I have broken the Assessment brief from last week down into 2 Assessments.

Assessment 1 will focus on step 1 – your research and establishing your target audience.

Assessment 2 will focus on step 2 – designing an e-learning concept (game) and documenting the idea in a  paper-based format. Paper-based means that you will create the design and planning of the e-learning resource without the actual final product. You may do this as a PDF.

Assessment 1

Brief

In groups of three develop an E-learning resource that allows local prep children to improve their understanding of the English Alphabet (primary aim of project). The tool should allow the children to have as much exposure to the letters as possible. You will need to develop concepts that explore letter recognition and recreation.

The secondary scope of the project is for the children to learn to type the letters in a QWERTY keyboard.

Team Work

You are required to team up in a team of up to 3 students. There is the option to work alone, but you need to inform me and get confirmation. If your name is not in the list below you need to inform me about the people in your team. Send a message to this blog with names of all the team members.

Teams so far:

Lucine Y, Fatma Y & Benan Ü

Justin A & Joe W

Berna K, Emel & Naşide S

Vlad K

Michael T & Tim B

1 – Establish Your Project

Read the assessment task fully and write in one or two sentences: When do you know that the E-Learning resource is complete? When do you know that this project is finished?

This will help you establish clear boundaries for your project – for any project and you will know when you have finished.

2 – Establish Your Target Audience

Write a extensive description of your Primary Target Audience as well as your Secondary Target Audience.

If your Primary Target Audience is the user group of your product (students), then your Secondary Target Audience would be a related group of people (friends of the school children), who could be a user group or maybe a provider of the service (eg teachers) or a group that is interested in the well-being of the school children (eg parents). I would focus on the teachers and other staff at a school, they would be involved in the purchase of the product.

3 – Learner Needs Analysis

Write down the needs of your target audience? Start this point of with the desired outcome: what does the learner need to learn? After establishing this you can look at what the target user will need to be able to learn.

This is a good point to brainstorm. What is it that you need to expose your learner to?

4 – User Experience

In a paragraph describe what user experience you are designing. What will the child playing the game experience? What emotions will the user go through? What emotions will your user not have?

You could aim for a user experience that is fun or interesting, you could say that the experience may be challenging and the learner will always feel like he or she needs to think and try things out before achieving success. This could result in the learner feeling more engaged and claiming the acquired knowledge.

5 – Platform

Specify the delivery platform, eg using web-based delivery, using computer based delivery, using tablets  or mobile phones, a console, etc. The operating system would be another aspect here: use of IBM-based  Windows 7, 8, Mac-based OS, Android, Linux, Open Source…

Add a minimum 1 sentence describing benefits and short comings of a specific system, software, delivery platform (eg using Flash has the disadvantage that it is rejected by Mac operating systems and more and more by Android.

6 – Research of existing E-games

Collect research on existing e-learning games for your target audience. List a number of websites and available games on the platform of your choice. Take screenshots or find images on Google or other search engine.

Describe your favourite 3 sites / favourite 3 e-games. Describe what you like about each (graphics, game play, actions)

Format

This project needs to be submitted in digital paperformat, either as a PDF, PowerPoint presentation  or a Word document.

Due Date:

16/April 2013       Upload your completed Assessment on MyKangan!

Example of interface interaction - Source: http://developer.android.com/design/media/swipe_views3.png

Example of interface interaction – Source: http://developer.android.com/design/media/swipe_views3.png