University of Virginia

EDLF 589: Maintaining Web Pages

One (1) graduate credit

Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Sparks



In this course participants will cover the acquisition of web design skills, including: planning, designing, and maintaining effective web sites. They will use an HTML edition, basic HTML tags, and learn the elements that create an effective web page for use in the K-12 educational field. Participants will plan and design appropriate lesson plan content that meet the Virginia SOL through the use of the World Wide Web and the web pages they create.




        To effectively integrate web pages created by teachers to address the learning needs of their students.

        To integrate the use of teacher designed web pages to enhance the learning in the K-12 curriculum.


Prerequisite: Tools for Creating Internet Information or a course that introduces basic HTML concepts.



        To create and modify web pages using a basic HTML editor.

        To create a basic understanding of the structure and conventions of an HTML document.

        To be able to identify and create basic HTML tags

        To be able to apply good web site design practices to the creation of effective web pages

        To create a web site with logically organized file structure.

        To be able to integrate graphic objects into a web page

        To understand and apply best practices for utilizing web sites for instruction

        To create web sites to facilitate learning in a variety of classroom settings (one computer to computer lab use)


Course Materials:

The Virginia SOL Manual


Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to:



Successful completion of this course includes

Participation in course discussion

Completion of a web site that incorporates

Attendance in class sessions


University of Virginia Honor Code:

All work should be pledged in the spirit of the Honor System of the University of

Virginia. The instructor will indicate which assignments and activities are to be done individually and which permit collaboration. Students signed the pledge when filing their course materials. Students can refer to the University Graduate Record (pages 36 & 37) for more information concerning the Honor Code.


Special Needs: If you are a student with special needs you should let the instructor and the Staff Development Office know as soon as possible prior to the beginning of class.



This course carries the grades of Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). To receive a satisfactory grade, students must earn a minimum of 85 points

Attendance and participation (30 points)

Web site content/Instructional Relevance (40 points)

Web site organization and design (30 points)


Web Resources Used in this Class:

Creating Essential Questions

Disney: Inquiry-Based Learning

Step Zero: What to do before Searching

Four NETS for Better Searching

Process Guides to building Web Activities

Web Page Design Links

Lesson Planning and Web Pages




Course Sequence:


Module 1

Instructional design and web sites

Importance of file structure

Storyboarding and Site Planning

Review of HTML Basics

Review of HTML Editor (Microsoft Word)


Module 2

Searching: Becoming a Better Searcher

Exploring Web Resources

Finding Appropriate Materials on the Web

Evaluating Web Pages


Module 3

Creating with HTML

Designing your site

Inserting components into a web page



PowerPoint shows

Module 4

Integrating web sites into instruction

Using FTP to transfer files to server

Creating your web presence for instruction


Final Course Assignment:

Participants in this course will create a website for use in their classroom with the content they are tasked to teach. The site will incorporate links to files (a PowerPoint show), links to other web sites, images and sounds (sound could be part of the PowerPoint show file).


Resource Web Site for the course





Source: Syllabus based on a course syllabus created by LL Burg 1998 and Maurya Schweizer offered in February 2003 by the University of Virginia.