ENAM 803 S05:

Course Objectives

Our primary objective this semester is fairly straight forward, 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 already in our 1930s Site. And, of course, building one of these extensions is your primary task, your final project for the course.

We'll begin, however, by reviewing and evaluating the work done in the first semester especially your individual projects. We'll then organize ourselves as a small web-development firm. I get to play the role of Chief Operating Officer and you will each play various roles with considerable independence and responsibility, e.g. production manager, marketer, editor, professional developer, technical support and placement. The intention is to give you an opportunity to take responsibility for some specific aspect(s) of creating, maintaining, and deploying a web site -- and to be able to show this experience on your resume.

After we've reviewed the work from last semester and organized ourselves for the next stage, we'll go through series of readings meant to provide a rough map of the decade of the 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, then, the 1930s site itself. Four years ago we began work on a time line, something that was desperately needed as both an overview of the period and as a navigational tool for the site. We have made a good beginning but there's still much to be gained by developing it further. The goal over time will be to make the site denser, not only in the amount of detail available about events, but also in its multi-mediation, the amount of visual and audible material in it. Each of you was assigned a year of the timeline last fall and much of the material you worked on in lab -- in addition to other materials already archived -- will be available for your use.

Final project, role playing, workshops, and time line; that pretty much covers it.