Web Design Issues

for the Generational Curriculum

Instructor: Dr. Leon James, Professor of Psychology

(a) Starting with the instructor's Home Page and explore the available links and diagram the overall framework.

(b) This site is a naturally expanding phenomenon in cyberspace rather than a planned artificial site. What are the implications of this for organization and growth? What should be the approach to present a "front end" that can integrate the site.   What is now lacking?

(c) Read two articles about this site at:




How does this site differ from other sites on the Web? What benefits do you see in being a member of this  Generation in this cybercommunity?

(d) Make a task-flow diagram of the World Ideas Bank Database (WIB) which was the work of G3 Cyber-Psychology 409 at:


(e) What was the purpose of WIB? How successful were the students in creating a viable database? What were the problems?

(f) Devise a plan that would allow future generationsl  to continue the online database activity.

(g) Design a method for objectively showing whether the generational Pages are improving in relation to these eight measures: quality, depth, richness, technique, scholarship, connectivity, site integration, and navigation capabilities. (Note: use the textbook and our class discussions to define these measures objectively.)

(h) Read an article about the benefits and purpose of the online generational curriculum at:


Summarize it by giving these highlights: What is the gc? How did it come into being? How extensive is it? What are its principles? Use links to connect to the original.

(i) How do students feel about being in the online generational curriculum ? Give links for any evidence you find.

(j) What are some of the problems students have in learning and adapting to the Internet? How do they overcome these problems? Give links to any evidence you find.

(k) Design a long term program of managing the project that would insure its survival and success.

_____ I) Add a centered h1 or h2  heading, calling the document:


Web Design Issues

for the Generational Curriculum


Note:  the XXX means you have to make up your own sub-title--something that reflects your approach, style, and theme.  Do this after you finish your report and you know how it turned out!  But don't forget to do it--don't leave the XXX there!!

_____ II) Put this in your HTML [title] field (or use Page Properties command): topic of report by FN/ LN, Gxx/ Year, University of Hawaii

_____ III) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the sub-sections.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document.  Points will be deducted if you forget this requrement!  Do it now.

_____ IV) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.  This is a requirment for all your documents.  Check now now to see if you have on in all your documents.  Do it now!

_____ V) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)  Just look at every screen:  it should not be made up of all text--separate using paragraph breaks.

_____ VI) Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ VII) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.  Make sure you also look at the later generations to see the latest techniques!

_____ VIII) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

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