Module 8 Online Learning

Over the past 10 years, the amount of online courses for college as well as high school has significantly increased.  You can get a degree from a college now that only offers online courses.  One advantage of taking online classes as apposed to traditional classes is the lower total cost to take the class.  In addition to a cheaper class rate, there are no commuting costs and in some instances there may not be required course materials like textbooks. Another advantage is convenience and flexibility, students can plan their study time around the rest of their day, meaning they can study and work when they are at their peak energy.  It is also a more comfortable learning environment.

Out of the web design training references provided, Treehouse looks like it would be the most helpful for me.  From the reference page, “Treehouse is a video-based service, offering web design training in HTML and CSS, web development (including HTML5 and Javascript), and creating iOS apps (using Objective-C and Xcode), all wrapped up in a clear and easy-to-navigate user interface.”  I’m more of a visual learner and I can follow along instructions pretty easily, that’s why a well produced instructional video would be the best thing for me to learn.  “Not only does Treehouse provide great content but there’s also a game element to the site that tests you on what you’ve learned and rewards you with achievement badges. So if you need extra motivation to learn, this is a great site to use.”

Personally, I prefer traditional classes to online ones and I feel like CA 260 would be worse as an online course at least for me.  I feel, in a traditional class, if my distractions are limited I can really focus on my lessons and work.  I would definitely enjoy the course less especially because of the loss of an actually instructor present.  If I have a question or if I have some sort of error in my html or css code, my questions are answers almost immediately with an instructor there.  In my experience, if you have a question for an instructor that teaches an online course, you will have to wait to get an answer sometimes up to 3 or 4 days.

Module 7 Content Management Systems

A Content Management System (CMS) is used as a way to build a website off of an existing platform, it’s used to create and manage digital content.  From the Content Management System Overview Tutorial video, “Content management systems work by taking data from a database and being able to resolve it into pages.”  CMSes are usually used for enterprise content management (ECM) which is a set of processes that lets a corporation, agency or organization to obtain, organize, store and deliver info crucial to its operation in the most effective way.  Features of a content management system vary among the different types, however the core functions are usually indexing, format management, publishing and search and retrieval. Search and retrieval index for all data for easy access and format management can turn scanned paper documents and legacy electronic documents.

The content management system I would recommend to my company would be Joomla.  It seems to have the best features of both Drupal and WordPress.  The community for Joomla is well supported worldwide with clear communication from the Joomla staff and professionals.  The Joomla website says one of the features for the software is an easy update system so your software is always up to date by using a “One Click Version Update”.  Even though according to the source provided Joomla is the most difficult of the 3 to understand and operate, Joomla has included an integrated help system in their software.  From the Joomla website, “Joomla! has an in-app contextual help system to help every level of user to operate their Joomla. Most pages have a help button in the top right, helping you fully understand all options on that page. There is also a glossary explaining the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you’re using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot.” For these reasons, I feel that Joomla! is the best content management system out of the 3 provided.

Module 7 Writing and Managing Email

Keeping up with the emails I receive has always been a problem for me.  With the 3 or 4 different email accounts that I use, all of the messages in my inboxes get overwhelming.  In the past I’ve missed important emails addressed to me from school or work simply because I overlooked them while cleaning out my inbox.  I didn’t start categorizing and filtering my emails early enough, and now my inbox is a lot more organized.

In gmail, it’s very easy to create a folder simply by typing in a keyword in the search bar and clicking “Creat a Filter with this Search.”  Then you choose what you want the filter to do then create it.  Gamestop, school, work, spam, and class specific filters are the ones I use in my gmail account.  This keeps the clutter to a minimum, and organizes the emails so that they are easily available under the filters.  The filters are extremely useful.  Since I use multiple accounts, the ability to filter out emails from those other accounts is great.  From the 7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore article, “If you’re using Gmail to consolidate messages from other email accounts then you can easily direct these emails away from your main inbox. In the Gmail search box, pick up messages sent to your secondary address. Open up the drop-down dialog and create a filter from the search, then choose to mark these messages as read as they come in.”

Mr. Willis,

Next Monday I will need to leave class early for a doctor’s appointment.  I could meet with you after class this week to discuss the content I will be missing.  Thank you.

-Jacob Estes J00329147



Module 6 Creating Video for the Web

Video has a verity  of uses throughout the internet.  Many websites are solely dedicated to producing and sharing videos like YouTube or DailyMotion.  These videos usually are for entertainment purposes but others can be instructional or educational.  The videos featured in this week’s module are educational and show insight into a specific field that people wouldn’t necessarily be exposed to otherwise.

A quick well-done video can explain difficult theories, protocols, procedures etc. to its viewers, especially if they are visual learners.  A video has the advantage of explaining a process and demonstrating it in real time, something that written instructions cannot do.

With my website specifically, I can use a video possibly on my “About” page.  Through a video, I could give an introduction to the website, what my website is about and how visitors can navigate the site to access the content they want.  Since I want my site to have a page to contact me for freelance video camera work,  I could use video footage to showcase my editing and cinematography skills.  From the Creating and Using Web Video Never Easier article:  “Professional videographers can help you produce very high quality, engaging videos, just like a graphic designer can help you produce high quality print materials.”

To make my video’s look more professional I could use some tips from the lighting for film YouTube video.  My personal camera that I use is a Cannon Vixia HF 10 which is pretty good for amateur film making.  I also have a shotgun microphone attachment on the top to record sound at a higher quality.  As for editing software, at the moment I’m using a free version of Wondershare Filmora, however I do plan to invest in a copy of Adobe Premier Elements.