Web Trends

Course Number: WT 200
Transcript Title: Web Trends
Created: April 3, 2015
Updated: May 21, 2021
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

Recommended

CAS 133 or equivalent file management and word processing experience

Course Description

Identifies trends in web design and development, and explores limitations and opportunities for developing web applications on tablets and mobile devices such as cell phones. Explores the history of web design, the migration from static text pages to multimedia and cloud computing, and how different browsers and devices render web pages and content. Recommended: CAS 133 or equivalent file management and word processing experience. Prerequisite: WT 101. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and identify trends and fads in web design and web development, from a current and historical perspective.
  2. Identify current software and technology tools that may be useful in the growing fields of web design and web development.
  3. Evaluate web technologies for usability and portability to different platforms.
  4. Assess different trends in order to evaluate evolving career opportunities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: objective tests or quizzes, scored assignments, projects, class discussion participation and/or journal reflections

Texts and Materials

  • Subscribe to and follow Google digests
  • Follow BrightEdge
  • Subscribe to industry magazines such as Search Engine Watch
  • A History of the Internet and the Digital Future
  • How the Internet Happened

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Recognize and identify trends and fads in web design and web development, from a current and historical perspective.
  • Historical trends and fads.
    • <table> structures
    • Evolution of protocols; coding, scripting and markup languages: HTTP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP
    • 3-dimensional designs, buttons and gradients
      • Subsequent move away from 3-D to modern flat designs
      • Minimalistic designs
      • Brutalism
    • Visual design elements:
      • Web banners, video background headers
    • Evolution of browsers: Archie, WorldWideWeb, Gopher system, Line Mode Browsers, Netscape, Opera, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome
    • Evolution of Search Engines: Lycos, Veronica, Yahoo, Safari
    • HTTP
    • W3C.org
    • Webhosting: Geocities
    • Introduction of E-Commerce: Amazon.com, Ebay
  • The impact of fads on Usability
  • Current trends
Outcome #2: Identify current software and technology tools that may be useful in the growing fields of web design and web development.
  • Adobe Suite
  • Code and text editors
  • Web application frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Django and Angular
Outcome #3: Evaluate web technologies for usability and portability to different platforms.
  • PC/Mac applications versus mobile apps and portability between these different devices and browsers
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Domain Name registration
  • Hosting
  • FTP Information
Outcome #4: Assess different trends in order to evaluate evolving career opportunities.
  • Cybersecurity
  • Social media platforms
  • Mobile Technology