Website Project

Note: If you miss or receive a poor grade on a particular milestone, you will not be able to redo that milestone; however, if you complete/improve that element of your website before the end of the semester, you will earn more points for that element in the final website evaluation.


Milestone 1: Website Setup

You will create a website using an online website building platform of your choice. The goal of the website is to give you a professional online presence that you will be able to maintain after graduation and which will help you reach your career goals.

  • Start by googling “free website builders” and look through some of the options available. Many of them will have nice templates and fairly easy to use editing tools, so feel free to use any platform you’d like. As you are deciding which platform to use, look for ones that have good editing tutorials and templates that might fit your design ideas. Please do make sure you check that there aren’t hidden fees though. Here are a few that you might want to compare as you are researching platform options:
  • Your website must be clearly navigable and professional in appearance. The website will eventually include all the items listed below so the future locations of such items should be visible by the time this setup assignment is due. 
  • Learning to edit the appearance of your website may take some time, so please allow for that. Whatever website platform you choose should have instructions for editing, but if you run into problems, there should be YouTube videos or FAQ sections available to help you. Please do spend some time working on setting up your website effectively because it will save you time later in the semester (plus website editing is a useful skill in itself!).
  • Please note that with some website platforms, you may need to “publish” not just “save” your changes. I (and the general public) can only see your published changes, so “saved” changes will not be sufficient. I suggest that you get in the habit of looking at your website from outside your editing login (or on a different computer) so that you will know what is visible on the published page.
  • By Friday at noon during Week 3, you will need to submit to the D2L Dropbox a Word document that contains the URL of your website.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Milestone 2: Mission Statement

Each student will need to prepare a mission statement and post it on their website. This mission statement can include both the purpose of the website and some information about the student’s career goals.

  • The mission statement should be focused on what the student can contribute to (not gain from) society, an employer, or a client. (Making money, having a steady job, having friendly coworkers, etc. are examples of what you can gain from a job, and these items should not be included in your mission statement.)
  • The mission statement will be graded directly from your website; it does not need to be submitted to the instructor through D2L.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Milestone 3: Resume

Each student will need to prepare a resume. Your full resume will be submitted to the instructor via the D2L Dropbox. Additionally, some version of the resume will also need to be added to your website; however, if you don’t want to include some information from your resume on the publicly viewable website, you may post only portions of your resume there.

  • You are strongly encouraged to get your resume edited/reviewed by the staff at the UWW Office of Career & Leadership Development.
  • The portion of your resume that is posted on your website should not be downloadable as an editable Word file. That is unprofessional. If you post as a downloadable Word document, you will receive a 0 for the website element of this assignment. If you want the document to download for users, have it download as a PDF (which is more professional, more secure, and more accessible to users with a variety of software configurations). Better yet, simply have the information display within your web page, without forcing users to download it.
  • Both the D2L submission and the version published on your website will be evaluated for your grade.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Milestone 4: Artifacts

Each student will compile evidence from their course work that demonstrates mastery of liberal studies learning objectives. Discussion questions throughout the semester will help students to reflect on these topics, but the artifacts (evidence) will need to be included on your website as well. 

  • These artifacts will be graded directly from your website; they do not need to be submitted to the instructor through D2L.
  • These artifacts will be divided into categories as follows: 
    • Cognitive Abilities (could also be phrased as “Commitments”, “Worldview”, etc.)
      • SLO 1: Think critically, integrate and synthesize knowledge from diverse perspectives and evaluate complex information
      • SLO2: Make informed ethical and value judgments
      • SLO3: Understand and explain the value of a liberal education
      • SLO4: Apply the concepts and methodologies of the liberal arts to understand issues in society and in one’s own life
    • Skills (could also be phrased as “Training”, “Certifications”, etc.)
      • SLO5: Communicate effectively in written form
      • SLO6: Effectively utilize intellectual and practical skills-- including analytical skills, research methods, and/or computer skills
      • SLO 7: Effectively utilize expression skills-- including communicating creatively, orally, or in a language other than English
    • Content Knowledge (could also be phrased as “Diversity”, “Learning Experience”, etc.)
      • SLO8: Demonstrate a base of knowledge from various disciplines-- including arts & humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences
      • SLO9: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures within North America & Europe
      • SLO10: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures outside North America & Europe
  • These artifacts might take the form of essays, awards, videos, or other works completed throughout the students’ educational/professional career. 
  • These artifacts should not be downloadable as editable Word or Power Point files. That is unprofessional. If you post as a downloadable Word document, you will receive a 0 for this assignment. If you want a document to download for users, have it download as a PDF (which is more professional, more secure, and more accessible to users with a variety of software configurations). Better yet, simply have the information display within your web page, without forcing users to download it.
  • These artifacts should be included on your website in a way that is geared toward future potential employers. Do not simply put links on your website with no information about what the link is or why it is there. These artifact should also not look simply like course assignments (even if some of them are). This means that the artifacts need to have some text around them giving some context to viewers— what is this artifact? what does this artifact demonstrate? why did you chose to display it? what should viewers gain from seeing it?
  • If you are focusing your website on a particular career field that is not as obviously/directly related to your Liberal Studies degree (which is totally fine to do!), your artifacts will need to demonstrate both the relevant Liberal Studies SLO AND some skill or knowledge relevant to your career field. This is possible, but it takes some creativity. For example, if your website is geared toward your carpentry business, you may demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures by discussing how you have knowledge of exotic wood types and can work well with them or you could demonstrate critical thinking skills by explaining why you choose to use one method of carpentry over another. If you have specific questions about this, you should meet with the instructor early in the semester.
  • Please note: If it may be unclear which elements of your website are designed to demonstrate each of the requirements listed above, you may opt to submit a document of explanation. This document should be submitted to the D2L Dropbox titled “Explanation of Artifacts”. This document is not required.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Milestone 5: Best Accomplishments

Each student will need to prepare a statement about their best accomplishments and post it on their website. This statement of best accomplishments can include both personal and professional/academic accomplishments, but should again be geared toward future potential employers.

  • Your best accomplishment should not be downloadable as an editable Word file. That is unprofessional. If you post as a downloadable Word document, you will receive a 0 for this assignment. If you want the document to download for users, have it download as a PDF (which is more professional, more secure, and more accessible to users with a variety of software configurations). Better yet, simply have the information display within your web page, without forcing users to download it. 
  • The best accomplishments post will be graded directly from your website; it does not need to be submitted to the instructor through D2L.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Milestone 6: Peer Reviews

Each student will complete a review of two of their classmates’ websites. 

  • Each student will be assigned to a review group, and that assignment will be posted in the Content section of D2L.
  • The document wherein the reviews will be completed is attached to the assignment in the D2L Dropbox. 
  • The assignment will be submitted to the D2L Dropbox.
  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows:
 
 

Completed Website (e-Portfolio)

While each of the above milestones will be graded individually, at the end of the semester, the instructor will evaluate your website as a whole. 

  • This assignment will be evaluated as follows: