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For students in a web authoring class at Wheeling Jesuit University, skills they learned will be showcased via incorporation on the university’s web site.

After a semester of learning many different design elements and ways of coding web pages, the 23 members of Jay Good’s class wrapped up the year presenting their project – a new design of the WJU Community Day photo gallery. Good, adjunct professor of communications, decided to incorporate the expertise of Chris Kreger, manager of WJU web services, and Audra Macri,web services specialist, into the class.

“The students asked to be exposed to more coding techniques, and Chris and Audra were able to teach the students many programs that I couldn’t have,” Good explained. “I think the students received a great deal of knowledge from a design aspect, as well as technical expertise.”

Kreger and Macri also provided the students real world experience to produce a product, rather than the class being solely theory based.

“I believe that Audra and I gave the students an understanding of how to communicate with the client and ask the right questions with the understanding the project was for the university, not them as individuals. We also wanted them to learn how to work on a large project as teams,” Kreger said.

Garrett Kiedrowski, a junior computer science student from Steubenville, Ohio said, “The best part about the group project was working as a team and having resources, like Chris and Audra, who work in this field each day.”

Brittany Rife, a senior professional communications major from Bellaire, Ohio, noted, “This class and the group project really helped us learn how to work closely with others on a product and broadened our professional experience by giving us a better understanding of how to deal with a client.”

Good said an additional advantage of the course was that each student was able to produce a project that he or she can use as a portfolio piece. The plan is to incorporate some of the photo galleries that were created in the web authoring class into the WJU web site, Macri said.

“The students created five different photo gallery sites—all of which were great. We ended up taking three of the top projects and creating the Community Day photo gallery out of pieces of those three projects. Another project is being used on the 50 Year Club web site and another will be utilized for the university’s Alumni Weekend,” she added. 
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