Gregory Gilmore

Professional Portfolio

Program of Study


ISLT 7360 Introduction to Web Development


Semester: Spring 2011

Instructor: Dr. Jane Howland

Credits: 3


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of basic web page design and web authoring skills in addition to the technical expertise required for creation and publishing of XHTML compliant documents. The course will cover browser/server interaction, directory management, and web page design and development. Attention will be directed toward the impact a designer's choices have on communication, understanding, and accessibility. Students will design, develop, test, evaluate, and apply evaluation data to their project web site.

Reflection Statement

This course provided practical benefits in several areas.  It included the information and skills necessary to complete this portfolio, and information that I could immediately apply to improve the web pages that I maintain on my school’s website.  This class gave me opportunities to consider the validity of web pages by assessing the author of the page, any bias present in the site, when the site was last updated, and the design of the site including the use of color, logical layout, and clear navigation.  Although I will unlikely be teaching HTML to elementary students, the critical evaluation of web sites and the content they contain can be taught in the library at this level.  As my school relies on its website as a communication tool more each year, I will be able to apply the content of this course when maintaining my own web site and helping my colleagues create professional looking websites that clearly communicate relevant information to parents and the community.