ENAM 803 S01:
Course Objectives

The primary objective this semester is to move to the next level of sophistication in understanding American culture(s) and the web as a medium for creating and distributing information. We'll do this by building a series of new extensions and upgrading other sites alreading in the 1930s Site on AS@UVA. And, of course, building one of these extensions is your primary task, your main project.

We'll begin by reviewing and evaluating the work done in the first semester. Then we'll organize ourselves as a small web-development firm. I get to play the role of "The Boss," of course, but each of you will play a particular role of considerable independence and responsibility. E.g., we'll need production managers, a marketer, editors, professional developers, a technical support person and a placement officer. My intention here is to give you an opportunity to take responsibility for some specific aspect(s) of creating, maintaining, and deploying a web site. We'll change roles for the summer term, so you'll have two specific areas of expertise to include on your resume. As a formal matter, AS@UVA.com will meet once a week to discuss company business. We'll have to negotiate the meeting time.

After we've thus organized reveiewed our work to date and organized ourselves for the next stage, we'll go through series of readings meant to provide a rough map of the decade pf tje 30s. Then we'll proceed to the selection of research topics, then workshop those topics through the remainder of the term. The site is already useful and frequently visited, but we should be able to push it to the next level and establish it as the primary site in this area. Projects of real scale and quality should be able to accomplish this.

The major job of AS@UVA.com is, of course, the 1930s site itself. Last year's class began work on a timeline, something that was desperately needed as both an overview of the period and as a navigational tool for the site. They made a good beginning but there's still much to be gained by developing it further. The goal will be to make the site denser, not only in the amount of detail available about events, but also in its multimediation, the amount of visual and audible material in it.

I'd also like to ask each of you to take an existing project in the site -- not necessarily in the 30s -- and do a make over of it. I'll come up with a list of possible targets as soon as I can. In addition to trying to get some unrealized value in an asset, I also interested in the make over as an exercise, analyzing a site for its potential and finding ways to realize that more fully.

Final project, role playing, make over, and timeline; that pretty much covers it.

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