Course websites are used for posting handouts, announcements, links to websites of interest, images, and other items. They can also incorporate discussions and other interactive elements. There are many ways to create a web presence for a course. The choice depends on technical requirements, privacy concerns, level of instructor involvement, and other factors. Your choice will probably yield only two of the following: easy to build, pretty, inexpensive, and does everything.
The LMS “Power Tools” — gradebook, tests & quizzes, and assignments — offer capabilities that are hard to beat if must have one or more of them. These sites are also automatically restricted to your students, which may be good or bad, depending on your needs.
Create a blog with a static page as its home, then use the post feature for recent news. Blogs are increasingly used as the basis for websites like this one. They’re easier than writing code, and you can quickly change the design. To start your own, see Frame a new academic website in 3 steps.
3. Traditional website
Building a site from scratch using Dreamweaver or another tool is difficult but gives you complete control.
4. Course Guide
Working with a subject librarian at the Hesburgh Libraries, an instructor can create a rich Course Guide with multimedia content, as well as library-centric affordances, such as direct links to books, articles, rss feeds, and more. Here’s an example.
At Notre Dame
- Sakai – Contact: OIT Help Desk (631-8111)
- Blogs – more information
- Traditional website – see options for web publishing
- Course Guide – Contact: subject librarian
- Additional options: Google Sites and Wikis
- Consultation regarding tools and strategies to promote effective learning
[updated June 2015]