It has been around a week since I last posted here. This is really a testament to the fact that I have been very busy. I not only had my normal PhD work to carry out. I was also attending a course on ‘Communicating Research on the Web‘.I had originally registered for the course last year, but couldn’t make it in the end (remember the snow problems last year?). This year I didn’t want to let the opportunity to be missed again.
This course will teach students how to create an effective academic web presence. Using a balance of theory and practice, it will cover the planning, design, and creation of a research website, how to maintain a blog, and how to use social networking tools effectively. On the practical side, the course is designed around the use of Dreamweaver, and will teach the effective use of HTML and CSS. On the theoretical side, the course will cover, among other things, strategies for creating and maintaining a web presence, and how to make research visible on the Web (for others to find).
My main reason for attending the course was to learn how to build a website myself. So far whenever I wanted a website someone would build it for me, and I would just fill in the content. That is fine in most cases, but knowing that bit more means that I can design a website myself, without relying on others to have time, or to understand what I am envisaging.
The course tutor did a great job of making sure everyone in the class was engaged, regardless of prior knowledge or requirements. With some further external help from people around me, I now have my own website, which is up and running. I am of course still quite new at this business, so do give me some lee-way, and any pointers for improvement are most definitely welcome.