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CaseLearns: Various Dreamweaver Classes

Consider signing up for a CaseLearns class to learn more about web 2.0 tools, techniques, and strategies.

Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction
October 13, 2010
1pm-4pm
Learn the basics of creating web pages with this powerful software program. Become familiar with many of the program’s features by building a fictional web site.

Dreamweaver CS4: Intermediate
October 18, 2010
1pm-4pm
Introduce advanced features into your site. Designed for users that already have a fundamental working knowledge of Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver CS4: Advanced
November 1, 2010
9am-4pm
Adobe Dreamweaver provides a set of built-in tools that you can use to work with databases: connect to data sources, pull data out, put data in, search, and report results. This course will walk users through this process. The concepts used are similar regardless of the technology used: i.e., PHP, ASP, ColdFusion; demonstrating once again why Dreamweaver is a powerful application for working with your web sites. This course assumes you are familiar with databases and a somewhat more savvy than average computer user. Note, also, that this course will not discuss how to create a relational database, nor will it teach how to use any particular server side technology (other than what is necessary to accomplish the given task). Given time, this course will also look at Dreamweaver CS4’s implementation of Adobe’s Spry (a version of AJAX–asynchronous javascript and XML) and utilizing XML datasources.

Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction
November 30, 2010
9am-noon
Learn the basics of creating web pages with this powerful software program. Become familiar with many of the program’s features by building a fictional web site.

Dreamweaver CS4: Intermediate
December 6, 2010
9am-noon
Introduce advanced features into your site. Designed for users that already have a fundamental working knowledge of Dreamweaver.

To see the full schedule and sign-up, please visit the CaseLearns webpage.


Snapshot of Web 2.0 Knowledge in Mid-2008

ZDNet on July 11, 2008 had an interesting article reporting some finding of a report by Forrester Research that looked at development of web 2.0 implementation in organizations.

The report showed marketing and other business units pushed for web 2.0 deployments. IT departments jumped in to the game later. The report also showed a lack of knowledge by many of what web 2.0 and the tools are.


Sources:

IT departments become Web 2.0 gatekeepers; 41% of execs stumped about mashups | ZDNet. (n.d.). . Retrieved May 10, 2010, from http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/it-departments-become-web-20-gatekeepers-41-of-execs-stumped-about-mashups/9297


IT Departments Play Key Role In The Acquisition And Deployment Of Web 2.0 Technologies - Forrester Research. (n.d.). . Retrieved May 10, 2010, from http://www.forrester.com/rb/Research/it_departments_play_key_role_in_acquisition/q/id/46380/t/2


Resources To Expand Knowledge

Since the primary audience of this blog is the Case Western Reserve University community, I will highlight resources available to you to supplement your desire to learn more about web 2.0 tools and practices. I will also be providing plenty of free resources for everyone else as well.

You are know asking yourself "what are some of those wonderful resources". Which is a very good question.

CaseLearns is a great method to get some hands on expertise in various web-related skills and resources. The CaseLearns program is designed to provide instruction for the Case Western Reserve University community members on how to find, use and present information and information technologies. All CaseLearns classes are open to current Case Western Reserve University’s faculty, students, staff, emeriti faculty, alumni, Senior Scholars, and CIM conservatory faculty and students. Non-Case registrants will be charged $100 per class if seats are available. Certain classes will be highlighted as the tools are presented in the blog, but some highlights include:

  • Basics of blogging
  • Understanding RSS feeds
  • Google Apps: an introduction
  • Basics of wikis
  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Audio recording & editing
  • Introduction to digital video
  • Digital images
  • Dreamweaver CS4

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Safari Books Online provides over 40 publishers and over 8000 online books to Case users as of today. It is the primary source for anyone looking to learn more computers, software, programming, Internet, information technology, etc. Books can even be discovered on e-business, security, and IT management. Just remember you must be on Case's wired network or have VPN logged-in on your computer to gain access since most library-provided resources are authenticated by IP addresses and do not require passwords.

And last but not not least, you best resource is people. The Case community has very talented and dedicated faculty, staff, students, and colleagues that are leading the way in web 2.0 tools and services. Some examples include the Kelvin Smith Library staff that understand information resources and management, the staff of Information Technology Services that are pushing the campus technology to be the best and an example to other organizations, the staff of Case Help assisting in all your computer needs, and many others. As the blog grows various departments and people will be introduced that you can consult for your web 2.0 needs. I will also invite some of the experts to be guest writers on the Learning 2.0 @ CWRU blog.


Web 2.0 Tools

As we saw in the previous blog entries, "web 2.0" encompasses a lot of things. To get a better understanding of what to expect from this blog, I wanted to highlight some of the tools we may be discussing and playing with. I believe to "play" and experiment is the best way to understand the capabilities of many of the tools and decide if they fit your personal or organizational needs.

  • Blogs, including the Case Blog System
  • Wikis, including the Case Wiki
  • Twitter
  • Social networks like Facebook
  • Photo sharing like Flickr
  • Videos
  • Instant messaging
  • Mashups
  • Maps
  • Podcasts like Off The Shelf
  • Tagging
  • Everything Google
  • Gaming
  • Virtual worlds, like Second Life
  • Skype and other web communication tools
  • Web 2.0 influence on library resources
  • RSS
  • ...and much, much more.


Web 2.0 Characteristics

It is very hard to define "web 2.0" in a general statement as you would expect of a dictionary. Most people define web 2.0 in terms of the characteristics that make it unique from how the World Wide Web has changed over the last half decade.

On TechPluto, an article by Prashant Sharma called "Core Characteristics of Web 2.0 Services" (November 28, 2008) defines web 2.0 in terms of 7 key characteristics.

O'Reilly, credited to be the originator of the terminology, breaks the definition down into a couple of visual representations that are very powerful in an article called "What Is Web 2.0". One diagram highlights examples of web 1.0 versus the web 2.0 equivalent. The other diagram is a "meme map" defining all the characteristics of web 2.0.

Here is another video by Dr. Michael Wesch. In this one, we see how the use of information has changed over time.


What is web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is very hard to define and means many things depending on your view point. Below follows various ways to identify, describe, or see web 2.0 in action.

O'Reilly (a company well know for their computer books, conferences, and training)and MediaLive International had a web 2.0 conference in 2005 to explore the concept. The conference has continued on each year. Tim O'Reilly has published an article called "What Is Web 2.0, Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software" that is great in bringing everything together. as you go through the article you will see many features that resonate throughout the various attempts to define web 2.0, such as

  • user-generated content
  • web as the platform (i.e. access by any technology with internet capabilities no matter the software installed on the device)
  • perpetual beta - things in constant change
  • "social" web
  • access to data that each user can manipulate
  • cooperation, sharing, collaboration, etc.
[Source: What Is Web 2.0, Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software, by Tim O'Reilly, 09/30/2005, http://oreilly.com/pub/a/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html?page=1]

Finally, here is a video produced by Dr. Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, and his students. He is a cultural anthropologist that focuses on social media and digital technology. Several of his projects will be highlighted on this blog due to their relevance to understanding web 2.0.


Learning 2.0 @ CWRU Offerings

Every few days, KSL staff will help to lead you through exploration into web 2.0 tools and techniques. The blog will be organized so people can jump in and out based on their needs and convenience. Please consider directing new students, faculty, and staff here to start their self-education in technology, tools, resources, expertise, and techniques. The blog will be organized by category so each person can be as focused as they desire in their exploration.

This blog will offer a variety of features, such as:

  • Gentle introductions or definitions
  • Practice activities
  • Links to additional resources
  • Directions to expertise in KSL or elsewhere at CWRU
  • Best practices, examples, and shortcuts
  • Various tools and alternatives
  • Discussions about the growth of web 2.0 or the future