Switching Gears

questionsAs we enter the sixth week of the term (9-20), it is clear that the idea of having y’all ask questions about the readings isn’t working. Because there is a disconnect from the readings and what you need to do to apply the information.

For example, it was clear from class discussion tonight that there was a breakdown and lack of understanding about some of the primary takeaways from the readings (such as the importance of understanding the semantic nature of HTML and CSS and how HTML “talks” to CSS). Even the concept of information architecture still seems a little fuzzy.

This could be for a whole host of reasons, most notably that it’s hard to read so much abstract stuff (about coding and design) that it makes it difficult to formulate specific, concrete questions. Also, as we discussed in class, it’s hard to know what you don’t know.

That’s why I flipped the script tonight (9-27), and asked you questions instead. The questions I asked were specific to your new web project, but also tied directly to all the readings we’ve been doing (and our talking about project management).

Asking you to describe

  • where you are at
  • what you left and what you need to accomplish it

These two questions above are also helpful to me so that I can understand the current status of your projects. Having you individually answer also helps me to see how much on the “same page” you are as a group.

The final question–explaining HTML and CSS’s semantic features and their important to a lay audience–was specifically designed to see if you have a grasp of the ideas, concepts, and languages that underlie web design.

q_aFor the most part, your answers were great. All of you were able to provide a basic definition and while you may have used specialized language, you then provided examples or analogies to make sure your audience would understand it. One of you called the code blueprints but with different functions, and another used the body (html as the skeleton) and css as fashion choices, while another compared it to any other “language” and the way language works. All of those ways of explaining things really worked.

So as we move forward, we’ll continue to “flip the script” and I’ll ask you questions based on what some of the big takeaways are for the readings.





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