This URL leads to an article (short) about the differences between
designing for print and designing for the Web. It does not get into the
tekkie topics of HTML, but the more subjective, creative issues that
concern us in translating wonderful interactive classroom experiences to
this new medium. The author writes a column for a broad audience to keep
folks aware of issues around designing for the Web.
For us, it has relevance for a number of reasons:
-textbooks have been the main delivery medium of information; now we are
working with the Web as a delivery medium of primary source information; and
-we are putting lesson plans on the Web. Previously, lesson plans were
written on paper, either in books or passed in conferences, etc.
With the web, we have an opportunity to add back some of the spontaneity
and instant feedback possible in the interaction in a classroom. Just how
we do it is the question. The answer will be different for each of us.
>The Alertbox for January 24 is now online at
>Anything that is a great print design is likely to be a lousy web design.
>The big canvas size and controlled layout makes print visually superior;
>Web interaction can be more engaging, if only designs would focus on the
>strength of the Web rather than its weaknesses.
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