Donovan Den Designs
Keeping current in the world of computers, software development and information technology is necessary in this day and age. Here are some of the courses I’ve taken recently along with projects that I did as homework assignments. Have fun with them!
Digital Storytelling with Marlon Kuzmick
EXPO E-48 Harvard Extension School 2012
Images now flood our writing lives, whether on the pages of newspapers, magazines and academic journals, or on the screens through which we access Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. It now appears clear that visual literacy—the ability to "read" and "write" with images—will soon become as important as literacy proper. In this course, we learn how to decode the arguments that images make and make our own arguments with images. We study the emerging academic field of visual rhetoric as well as the examples of it we find in the media to become more effective visual communicators ourselves: we learn to think and to persuade with images. Students complete three projects, ranging from PowerPoint presentations to documentary films that analyze the rhetoric of an argument. The course is helpful to anyone interested in becoming a writer in the age of multimedia (and any of us with a blog or a Facebook profile is now such a writer) as well as those interested in related fields such as web design, film and videomaking, and business communication. Prerequisites: students need access to some sort of image-producing device: a camera, a scanner, or video camera. Local students have access to Mac software in the classroom. Online students using PCs need to have access to a slide presentation program (for example, PowerPoint), a video editing program (for example, Windows Movie-Maker), and an image manipulation program (for example, Photoshop Elements).
Understanding & Developing Multimedia with Jen Kramer & Rob Graham
CSCI E-14 Harvard Extension School 2012
Building Dynamic Websites with David Malan
CSCI S-75 Harvard Summer School 2010
- Project 0: PizzaML - Create a website to display the menu for the Three Aces Eatery and allow the user to choose menu items and place an order. This project uses XML and PHP as well as XHTML and CSS. Requirements. Code.
Introduction to Web Content Management Systems
Site Development with Rob Graham
CSCI E-30 Harvard Extension School 2010
In a rapidly changing world, the need for online publishers to keep up with the needs and expectations of their site visitors is paramount. Today, many web publishers use content management systems (CMS) to allow them to instantly and dynamically update web pages and properties as new content becomes available so that every visit to a site is engaging, informative, and meaningful. This course explores the use of open source web-based content management systems such as Ning, Wordpress, Joomla, and others to create dynamic and flexible web sites and landing pages. Participants explore the fundamentals of planning dynamic websites, CMS database management, developing CSS-controlled site templates, and creating database driven websites through the planning and creation of their own topic-based sites.
- WordPress Blog: New England Breezes
- Social Media Site using Ning: Donovan-Cook Family Gathering
- Cascading Stylesheets: We Love 2 Cook
- Facebook Fan Page: Harness the Wind!