We will have a range of assignments that will allow you to think about and use programming.

  • Posts, exercises and assignments 20%
  • 3 Quizzes 15%
  • Data Projects (3) 30%
  • Final Project 25%
  • Attendance/Participation 10%

Agile methodology will be implemented when possible to design and develop projects. We will have a series of sprints in this class to create projects. Sometimes you will work alone, sometimes you will work in groups. Full  project and assignment descriptions will be provided as the semester progresses. This course is still under development, so we hope you can help us develop interesting and valuable lessons.

Project 1 Update Personal Site due Jan. 29 – use Bootstrap, WordPress (or both) to update your personal portfolio site. Improve graphics, add content, change navigation, add new features. Make a professional looking portfolio site.

Web App Project 2 due Feb. 27 – Use the techniques you have learned in JavaScript and HTML/CSS to create a Web application that takes input from a user and provides something that changes the DOM. This can be a Buzzfeed-like quiz application, something that performs a calculation and/or creates a simple chart. Or something else interactive that you want to do. When you are finished with your application, load it to a subdomain. I will provide a form to capture your url.

For Project 2 and Project 3, it is best to be working with data and ideas for your final project, that will help build to the final presentation of data and content.

Data Project 3 due April 2 – Interactive Charting – create a page that introduces a chart or map that is data-driven and can be changed by user interaction. Use the Google Charts API.

Final Project due May 7 – For the final project, you will be expected to tell a complete story using data. The project will need to be uploaded to the Web on your website. Use a Bootstrap installation (no WordPress for this one) to hold your files and create your site that includes your files, text and visuals. The project can have text, multimedia in the form of photos and video.

Data will need to be a key component, and you will provide the users a way to interact with data in some manner (manipulate the DOM). You must have at least one chart/map that changes based on the users’ input and at least one area where you filter a dataset with a user’s input (either a dropdown or text input).

You will need to select appropriate sources for interviews and cite properly in the project. Your page may be a single page or a multi-page reporting project. You will decide the layout and navigation of the site. Keep the user experience in mind.

You will be graded on the following areas:

Text Content and overall approach – 20% – the project answers a question that is important to your audience.Content is clear and free of spelling or grammatical errors. Article is well written and has a relevant flow. Include your name and email address and any other pertinent information about you as author somewhere in the site. As relevant, include links to outside resources.

Coding – 25% – coding for the project is done well. You use proper coding standards to ensure functionality of all elements.  Use a templating site like Bootstrap. But you will probably have other elements of code on the site, like JavaScript or code as it relates to your data elements.

Data – 25% – Data is a significant portion of this project and should be key to the storytelling. Find data sources that relate to your topic and present properly within the story. Data presentation should be interactive, which means the user should be able to interact with something on the page that changes the DOM. You may use multiple forms, charts, maps or other ways to present data. In your blog post, you may describe other data elements that may not be specifically evident in the project, like your approach to scraping or using an API.

Design – 15% – pages are to be designed properly. Refer to information from the Web design class to make sure you use good design principles, proper page titles, functioning navigation, effective layout. If you need to, feel free to refer to content on my Web Design site.

Multimedia 5% – multimedia (photos, slideshows and/or video) accompany the story and add to the presentation. Photo captions help tell a story, not just define what is in each photo. Visual elements add interest to the page. You may use YouTube to host the videos, but be sure to embed them properly in the page so they flow with the rest of the story.

Creativity/Innovation – 10% – you are expected to exercise a significant amount of creativity for this project. You will have a chance in the blog post to describe the elements of creativity that went into this project. Creativity can be exercised through choice of topic, approach, use of data, use of charts/maps, in your design, in your multimedia. Simply providing the minimum elements will not be enough to achieve the highest grade. You must create a project that is worthy of public presentation on a professional site. Review a variety of great work to get inspiration for creativity.

We will have presentations of the project in class on Dec. 7. Have a draft of your project ready to show to the class.

I want to be WOWed!