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Course Materials: Final Project

Your mission is to develop a web project that meets a need. You may choose to develop a library website. It could also be a site for a nonprofit or other organization. The website should mix original content and information with links to outside resources. It should not be the redesign of another site, unless you start totally from scratch.

You MAY choose whether you want to use raw coding or Adobe Dreamweaver for the creation of your website.

You MAY NOT use an automated system such as Google Sites or a content-management system or other authoring tools.

Project Guidelines

Combine your knowledge of information architecture (layout, design, navigation, branding, labeling, usability, accessibility, etc.), quality content (informational, instructional, and/or promotional), and your web development skills. Although we're suggesting that you use Dreamweaver, you're free to develop the site using raw code. You can also create your project in code.


Your website must contain the following elements:

Content Component

The Website Criteria will be used to evaluation your project. Your website should reflect the needs, goals, and content outlined in your plan. The content should reflect the needs and interests of your audience. The website should address the goals identified in your project plan. The content should be accurate. Original content should be provided along with links to other resources as needed. The content should be logically organized, unique, interesting, and meaningful.

Validation Component

HTML and CSS Validation. Conduct a W3C validation for HTML and CSS.
Include icons from the validators and a link on the icon to the validator website.

Accessibility Validation. Conduct a web accessibility test using a free online tools; Cynthia Says from HiSoftware or WAVE from WebAim. Make sure that each webpage passes the test for Section 508 accessibility or above. If the accessibility tool provides an icon and your webpage passes the test, use that icon on your webpage.

Share your experience using the validator on your planning page. Include unresolved issues
Provide evidence of all three validations including validation statements at the bottom of the page. This should be on your "project" page that could easily be deleted if you want to use this website in the "real world".

Formative Evaluation Results

You must conduct a formative evaluation. You must include data (i.e., comments, observations, interviews) from at least 4-8 users. The subjects can come from inside or outside the class. A description of the formative evaluation process and results should be included somewhere at your website.

This should be on your "project" page that could easily be deleted if you want to use this website in the "real world".

Action Plan

Create an action plan for renovating, maintaining, and rejuvenating your website. Be sure to include management, maintenance, and evaluation components. Discuss specific examples of areas of your website that should be monitored, regularly updated, expanded, or enhanced.

Also, discuss any revisions that you made based on peer evaluations. Be specific.

Your action plan should be at least 2000 words. This should be on your "project" page that could easily be deleted if you want to use this website in the "real world".

Advanced Applications

If you had endless time and money, how might you expand the website? Your expansions could include items such as JavaScript, forms, audio/video, Flash, interactive elements, widgets, or other cool features. Consider Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, wikis, forums, and other interactive elements. Also consider the use of audio and video. This should be on your "project" page that could easily be deleted if you want to use this website in the "real world".

You need to actually include TWO of these advanced web development applications you discussed in the expansion section.

Novice web developers may choose more simple applications than those with more expert skills. Your project should CHALLENGE your personal skills. Don't try to compare your project with your classmate. Instead, be true to the needs of your audience and content.

You are free to use built-in tools within Dreamweaver or hand-code. You may also copy scripts and ideas from web sharing sites to accomplish your goals.

You may also link to outside vendors or free sources. For example, you might link to a blog you set up or a poll you've built in a survey website. However, you may only link to an outside source for ONE of your two technical requirements.


Your website should be well-designed, visually appealing, professional, and easy to use. It should be technically correct and all elements should work properly. Your website should reflect an effective use of Internet.


Provide a high-quality reply to a peer.


Project Evaluation

The following criteria will be used to evaluate your website nomination web project. Be sure to carefully check your website before submitting for evaluation.

The website should contain the following elements. This project is worth 30 points.

Website (5 Points)

Your website must contain the following elements.

Content Component (10 Points)

Your website should reflect the needs, goals, and content outlined in your plan. Notice that the quality content is 1/3 of your grade on this project!

Validation Component (1 Point)

Conduct HTML, CSS, and Accessibility validations.

Formative Evaluation Results (4 Points)

Your website should include a detailed formative evaluation.

Action Plan Components (4 Points)

Your website must have an action plan.

Advanced Applications (4 Points)

Your website must discuss ways that the website could be expanded and include two of these technical ideas.

Overall (1 Point)

Your website should be well-designed.

Reply (1 Point)

Provide a high-quality reply to a peer.

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