Website Roundup

This semester's "Writing in a Digital World" class is over, so I thought I'd link to some of the projects from the class. Students had to make 7 websites, one of which was a collaborative effort. The following links are presented with permission; a few are still works-in-progress.

—> Tolf's site: his refrigerator magnet game is especially fun, as is his "Shootman" game

—> Nick Sibilsky's site: a very clever game here, too; Nick's moving image page is also well done

—> Maggie Marek's redesign: Maggie completed a very nice redesign of the page for our local Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign

—> campus map by Brian Wilson and Ross Evans: part of a larger project to provide good walking maps of campus; Brian and Ross completed a nice site to house their mapping project

—> Lauren Welton's typography site: a zany and clever uptake of the typography assignment (Lauren's redesign project is also quite nice)

—> Ilana Strauss's site: a bunch of great projects here; my fave has to be Ilana's ambitious redesign of Zimbabwe's homepage (ambitious!)

—> Melissa Steiner's site: another great combination of projects; I particularly like the way Melissa's living words site unfurls.

—> Kelsey Shannon's redesign: a simple, purposeful redesign of this highly used dictionary of literary terms

—> Ryan Mahoney's bigfoot site: a perfectly nutty bigfoot site, showing that what might be termed "bad design" can be perfect in some instances (Ryan's puzzle is also pretty cool)

—> Ross Evans's game: the hardest game of the bunch ... and possibly the most clever! This one took me a while to figure out. (note the hints at the bottom for those who aren't up to the challenge)

—> Lucas Cook's site: another elegant batch of projects


Final Verdict: Google-ized Course Calendar Not Worth It

After a semester of using the Google-ized course calendar widget over at my "Writing in a Digital World" class, I've decided that the gizmo kind of sucks.

It's unpredictable, given server and internet access fluctuations, and will ultimately go away as time goes on. In the end, I've decided that I like my course calendars online but prefer having a bit more control over them than Google allows.


Googlizing a Course Calendar

As a general principle, I try not to speed the rate at which Google takes over the world. But in this case, I simply must hype their goods: Google's Web Elements tools, which allow you to syndicate a dynamic version of the Google calendar, can work pretty well for organizing a course calendar.

I've been giving it a shot over at the course website for my new "Writing in a Digital World" class.

Here's how it looks and works when embedded on a site:

One thing I'm liking is that, as I make changes during the semester, the calendar not only updates automatically but spits little updates to subscribers. As the semester goes on, I'll try to post here about how it's going.