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Dr. Linda Davis
Murphy Tetley
management information systems faculty
members, offer the course for students interested
in learning the basics of website development.
Approximately 500 students have completed the
course over the years, creating websites for an
equal number of businesses and organizations.
At the beginning of the semester, each student
chooses a particular business or organization
in need of a website. Students work to create a
website for the chosen client, a class project that
stretches beyond the classroom.
“Students are not only learning to design and
develop a website for a business, but they are
learning to work with clients,” Davis explained.
“This provides a valuable link on their resume
as a reference and as a project showing
real-world expertise.”
Katie TerMeer
, a May graduate who lives in
Tebbetts, Mo., but is originally from Covert, Mich.,
combined her love of dance with her class
assignment and produced a website for
WWU Web Design Class Extends Learning, Helps Local Businesses
By Mary Ann Beahon
Dance Ovations Dance Company of Fulton. She
worked with
Adrienne Branson
, Dance Ovations
owner and adjunct dance instructor at WWU.
"I really enjoyed working on this project because it
not only allowed me to be creative and artistic, but it
allowed me to showcase something great,” TerMeer
said. “All the members of Dance Ovations, including
me, work very hard to do what we love, and I am glad
that I could develop a website that would
showcase our talent.”
Erin Crooks
, a senior from Clinton, Mo., took the
class during spring semester and created a website
for Maplewood Farm, which is located between Fulton
and Kingdom City. Crooks has worked there for three
years, so she was familiar enough with the client to
actually write the copy for the website, as well
as design it.
“I loved the class,” she said. “It was really fun to make
the website and have something to show, something
to be proud of. Having that skill on my resume will
attract employers and make me more marketable for
any job.”
Each semester William Woods University’s website development students work
with businesses and organizations to construct websites. The class, which has
been offered since 1999, has created websites for many entities – as close as
a few blocks away and as far as Sweden, the Bahamas, and London.