Wheeling Jesuit University

WJU Web Authoring Class Gives Students Real World Experience

WHEELING, W.Va., May 19, 2014 – Students in a web authoring class at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) got the chance to use the skills they learned to produce a product the university will incorporate on its web site.

After a semester of learning many different design elements and ways of coding web pages, the 23 members of Jay Good’s class wrapped up the year presenting their project – a new design of the WJU Community Day photo gallery.

With many diverse skill levels, Good, adjunct professor of communications, decided to incorporate the expertise of Chris Kreger ‘96, manager of WJU web services and Audra Macri ‘12, web services specialist, into the class.

“The students asked to be exposed to more coding techniques, and Chris and Audra were able to teach the students many programs that I couldn’t have,” Good explained. “I think the students received a great deal of knowledge from a design aspect, as well as technical expertise.”

Kreger explained in addition to teaching the students technical aspects of creating a web page, he and Macri provided the students real world experience to produce a product instead of the class being solely theory based.

“I believe that Audra and I gave the students an understanding of how to communicate with the client and ask the right questions with the understanding the project was for the university not them as individuals. We also wanted them to learn how to work on a large project as teams,” Kreger said.

Garrett Kiedrowski, a junior computer science student from Steubenville, Ohio said, “The best part about the group project was working as a team and having resources, like Chris and Audra, who work in this field each day.”

Brittany Rife, a senior professional communications major from Bellaire, Ohio, noted “This class and the group project really helped us learn how to work closely with others on a product and I broadened our professional experience by giving us a better understanding of how to deal with a client.”

In addition to the knowledge gained through the course, Good said, each of the students were able to produce a project that they can use as a portfolio piece.

The plan is to incorporate some of the photo galleries that were created in the web authoring class into the WJU web site, Macri said.

“The students created five different photo gallery sites -- all of which were great. We ended up taking three of the top projects and creating the Community Day photo gallery out of pieces of those three projects. Another project is being used on the 50 Year Club web site and another will be utilized for the university’s Alumni Weekend,” she added.

Founded 60 years ago by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), Wheeling Jesuit University consistently is ranked as one of America's top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. WJU is the only Catholic university in West Virginia and the youngest Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. Its Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service to others draws a global student body of 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 25 states and 26 countries. The university has 21 varsity sports programs and competes in the Mountain East Conference.


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